A welcoming, helpful approach is key to career guidance at The Institute of Education. Three fully qualified Career Guidance Counsellors are available to provide advice and direction to all our our students throughout the year.

The work you do is fantastic; so many people assume The Institute is only for high achievers looking to go to med school but you help in making a difference for all students with the right attitude by assisting them tap into their fuller potential. I really feel our son is well set for a bright future and you/The Institute have provided him with the platform.

Parent of past pupil, class of 2015

One-to-One Career Guidance

Students are encouraged to make as many ‘one-to-one’ appointments as they need. At these meetings we explore career opportunities and discuss the student’s aspirations for third-level education. Our aim is to help our students make informed decisions about their future career and life. Parents and guardians are invited to participate in these meetings if they wish.

Interview Preparation

We help students develop interview skills and techniques for specific college courses.


Assistance is provided in completing college application forms, finalising references etc.

Personality & Aptitude Profiling

We offer all students the opportunity to do a ‘Centigrade Interest Test’ in our Computer Room. If a student is still deciding what career path they are interested in, this is an excellent place to start.

Counselling Service

We are available to meet with students to talk about any issue that might be affecting them throughout the year (settling into school, stress, mental health etc.)

CAO Talks

A series of CAO talks take place during November, December and January each year. Students are encouraged to attend one of these talks, which are intended to demystify the CAO application process and answer any questions students may have in advance of making their college application in February.

Career Fair

Our annual career fair takes place each October. This event provides students the opportunity to gain a real insight into third-level options and possible future careers. The fair offers students the opportunity to meet representatives from some of Ireland’s leading colleges and universities, who can provide the latest information on courses and admission requirements. Experts from a range of industries will also give as series of talks that will focus on potential careers and third-level course options.


Our student support team is a central part of our school, and is committed to working with our students and helping them achieve their full potential. Our aim is to ensure that students with specific learning difficulties or other needs which may impact on their academic progress are given the opportunity to achieve their full potential in our school.

Student Support Staff

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