Careers

Careers Department

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

Departmental Staff List:

Ms. Fiona Delargy   (Head of Department)

Mrs. Bronagh Berry (Assistant Head of Department)

Departmental Overview:

To empower young people to achieve their potential, to make informed responsible decisions throughout their lives and consequently make a contribution to society, the economy and the environment.”

Rationale:

Given the rapidly changing world of the local and global economy, the demands of working life are constantly changing too. Consequently the challenges facing our young school leavers require them to be competent, skilled and effective in making decisions that enable them to take their place as confident contributors to society.

The Career’s Department here in St Killian’s College is committed to providing a planned and relevant programme of CEIAG for all students in years 10-14 in order that they become effective decision makers, empowered to successfully manage their own career and employability development throughout their lives.

The ‘CEIAG Learning Offer’ underpins the careers provision across the whole school curriculum, taking account of careers education, careers information, the development of employability skills, work related learning and advice and guidance.

 

  • In Year 10, students begin to explore their personal strengths, skills and qualities and in order to assist research of potential career paths, they are introduced to the Skills Sector Councils, STEM and school based ‘work related learning’ opportunities. Each student will also have an individual interview with a member of the careers department to ensure appropriate subject choices for GCSE.

 

  • In Year 12, students have opportunities to research more fully the range of career possibilities within the Skills Sectors that may interest them. They will explore all options available to them and are assisted in making an informed career path choice Post 16. To support this, all students will have access to a personal interview with a specialist careers adviser from the Careers Service Northern Ireland, externally facilitated employability programmes arranged by the careers department and other subject departments, Careers Fairs and Conventions promoted by local Business Enterprise Partnerships etc.

 

  • In Year 13, the students’ main focus is on the research of potential post 18 options, primarily Further and Higher Education. This usually incorporates visits from representatives from a variety of institutions and trips into industry or conventions. They will also have the opportunity to experience the world of work through our work placement programme as well as other work related activities. Students are encouraged to maintain a personal eportfolio as they prepare for Post 18 career paths. Each student will also have an individual interview with a member of the careers department to ensure appropriate avenues have been explored regarding Post 18 pathways.
  • In Year 14, guidance and support is provided on the completion of application forms for UCAS, CAO, Further Education, US scholarships, Apprenticeships, etc. All students will be able to attend the local universities and colleges Open Days as well as listen to talks from visiting speakers. The students are also prepared for interviews and will have a mock interview to support their university course interview where required.