Members of the Department:
Mrs Maria Curran (Lead Learner)
Mrs Carmel McGinn (Executive Officer)
In St Ciaran’s, Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is an important element of our provision. We provide pupils with access to high quality careers education, information, advice and guidance to enable them to make informed, considered and realistic decisions about their education, training and employment options.
At each Key Stage pupils attend timetabled Careers lessons during which they follow a taught programme incorporating elements of either Careers Education or Education for Employability. Pupils may avail of personalised advice and guidance from specialist Careers teachers within the school and/or external Careers Advisers.
In St Ciaran's, careers information is provided to pupils in many ways In St Ciaran’s, Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is an important element of our provision. We provide pupils with access to high quality careers education, information, advice and guidance to enable them to make informed, considered and realistic decisions about their education, training and employment options.
We aim to:
- provide pupils with a broad and balanced curriculum that will enable them to pursue progression pathways which match their interests and aspirations;
- equip pupils with the employability skills required for future working lives through a range of opportunities and experiences;
- instil a commitment to lifelong learning in each pupil which is essential in the twenty first century world of work;
- empower pupils to plan and manage their future careers.
Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance is provided by specialist Careers Teachers, Subject Teachers, Form Teachers and external Careers Advisers from the Careers Service of the Department for Learning and Employment (DELNI). St. Ciaran’s pupils also benefit from the experience and expertise of other external providers, including businesses, organisations, professionals, employers and other education and training providers.
In St Ciaran's, careers information is provided to pupils in many ways throughout the school.
There is a Careers Library where pupils can access a wealth of careers information. Additionally, each subject department within the school has a dedicated Careers Information Board which includes details such as careers connected to particular subjects or the destination of former students who studied particular subjects. Throughout each year, a number of Guest Speakers, including past pupils, deliver presentations on areas that are linked to current employment trends.
In Year 14, all students have the opportunity to attend an Open Day at Queen’s University, Ulster University and St. Mary’s College. For those interested students, provision is also made to attend the Open Day at other universities, including Cambridge University and Oxford University. Interested Year 14 students also have the opportunity to attend Medical and Paramedical Open Days organised by a number of Health Trusts.
At each Key Stage in St Ciaran's, pupils attend timetabled Careers lessons during which they follow a taught programme incorporating elements of either Careers Education or Education for Employability.
During these lessons, pupils engage in an age-related Careers programme, including careers research and personal career planning. Pupils are encouraged to reflect on their own skills and interests and to consider their career aspirations. The programme at each Key Stage also supports pupils to make decisions in relation to their transition to the next Key Stage in terms of, for example, subject choices.
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4
Key Stage 5
In St Ciaran's, pupils may avail of personalised advice and guidance from specialist Careers teachers within the school and/or external Careers Advisers.
Pupils, and parents/guardians, may make an appointment to meet with a specialist Careers Adviser to assist them in making informed and considered decisions in terms of education, training or employment.
This is particularly important for pupils in Year 12, Year 13 and Year 14. In Year 10 and Year 12, pupils have the opportunity to engage in a Guidance Interview with a member of the Careers Department before making their final GCSE or AS subject choices.
Each year, the Careers Department of St. Ciaran’s offers post-examination results support to pupils.
“Young people need support and assistance to become effective career decision-makers, making the choices that will lead them on to further or higher education, training and, ultimately, employment.”
In St Ciaran's, pupils are encouraged to gain experience of the world of work in career areas that may be of interest to them.
In Year 13, all students participate in the Work-Shadowing Programme which provides students with the opportunity to spend time in companies and organisations across Northern Ireland and beyond.
Following a programme of classes in Interview Skills, Year 14 students participate in the Mock Interview Programme. As part of this programme, a panel of professionals from a wide range of career areas and representatives from universities attend St. Ciaran’s to interview Year 14 students. Students are assessed on their performance in the interview and are provided with detailed feedback to enable them to identify their strengths and their areas for improvement.
Employability Skills are the wide range of skills and capabilities, attributes and dispositions that will allow pupils to be employable, to sustain employment and to become a life-long learner capable of realising their potential in the world of work. The skills and capabilities necessary for employability include:
- Information and Communications Technology (ICT);
- Working with Others;
- Problem Solving;
- Self-Management; and
- Managing Information.
As a school, we aim to develop the Employability Skills of pupil through all aspects of our curricular and extra-curricular provision.
‘Careers are seldom planned but are often developed by being aware of and acting on the landmarks that appear on the way’
(Planned Happenstance Theory)
- Options After Year 14