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Careers Education and Guidance Department

The Careers Education and Guidance Programme aims to help develop skills, attitudes and abilities, which will enable them to be effective in a variety of adult occupations and roles.  The Programme is designed to help students manage the transition from college to adult and working life.

The Programme aims to assist pupils:

  • To develop knowledge and understanding of themselves and others as individuals – their strength and limitations, abilities, skills, personal qualities, potential, needs, attitudes and values;
  • To develop knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live and the employment and other opportunities available;
  • To learn how to make considered choices in relation to anticipated careers and occupations;
  • To prepare for the transition from college to adult and working life;
  • To cope with and benefit from the accelerating rate of change in all spheres of life.

Careers Education in De La Salle College begins in Year 10 and continues until pupils leave college. The programme includes work experience in Year 12.  This involves students going into a place of employment to work alongside people who are earning a living.  De La Salle College has established links with over 200 different companies.

The Careers Department has also initiated a number of other projects including mock interviews; industrial visits from guest speakers to address the pupils.  Careers Officers from the Training and Employment Agency visit the college weekly to interview students and to provide them with up to date information about further education, training and employment.

In Years 13 and 14, (lower and upper sixth) the careers programme enables our students to consider exactly what they have gained in their education so far and to plan their career paths for the future.  In order to do this they study the pattern of Higher Education and employment in Northern Ireland and elsewhere.  To assist students, visits are arranged to Queen’s University, University of Ulster and the Colleges of Further Education.  Some students also visit universities in other parts of the U.K.

The Lawlor Charitable Fund is used to provide financial assistance to pupils who progress to Higher Education.

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 January 2008 22:33