The Guidance and Counselling Department at Fingal Community College works closely with School Staff, Management and Parents to provide a service to all students which will assist them in making informed choices about their lives. For second level students these choices are focussed in a developmental way on three key areas: personal, educational and vocational.
At the end of the Junior Cycle students will have experienced:
- Guidance in educational and personal learning management
- Vocational exploration and information
- Individual and/or Group Counselling will have been available for all students on request and/or on referral.
- Students will have access to information which is appropriate for their personal, educational and vocational development.
- Parents will have met with the School Guidance Counsellor at Information Evenings, at organised Guidance Meetings and on request.
- Students’ needs, with regards to the Guidance Counselling Service, will be evaluated, and in partnership with Staff and the Principal / School Management, planning for the future will be ongoing.
What does a Guidance Counsellor do?
As a student you will make signiﬁcant decisions while still at school, these choices are related to personal and social matters, educational and vocational issues. Guidance Counsellors are trained professionals with the expertise and knowledge to help you make choices in the three important areas outlined above. We do this through individual consultation, guidance classes and other activities/events.
We do not make your decisions for you.
During your years here at Fingal Community College we may undertake, with you, some or all of the following:
- Help you to explore your feelings about your present life situation.
- Explore with you the choices open to you and explore the consequences of each choice.
- Help you to come up with solutions to any problems you may be experiencing.
- Offer conﬁdential counselling and/or advice on issues of a personal nature.
- Give you information on various educational/training courses and/or employment opportunities.
- Carry out Assessment and Aptitude Testing and Career Interest Inventories.
- Explain to you and your parents how to apply to college or university and how to access supports once you have been accepted.