A comprehensive career guidance and counselling service is available to all students at St Paul’s College. The Guidance Department offers students a one-to-one counselling and careers advice service in an attempt to assist students making choices about their lives in three key areas: (i) personal, (ii) educational, and (iii) careers. Parents can meet with the guidance counsellor at information evenings, parent-teacher meetings and through individual appointments upon request.
The Guidance Counsellor is available for personal counselling to students who may be in difficulty or crisis, and individual counselling is available to all students on request and / or referral. Personal counselling is a learning process concerned with addressing specific issues, making decisions and forming positive action plans in order to tackle the issue in question. This is achieved through supportive listening in an environment which attempts to promote the student’s self-esteem and self-knowledge. Sometimes it is easier to talk to someone about a problem who is not directly involved as they can offer non-biased advice and listen with clarity.
Educational / vocational counselling assists the student to grow in self-knowledge and self-esteem by providing information to enable him to make constructive life choices and future plans. Armed with that information, students are then free and responsible for their own choices and actions. The Guidance Counsellor helps the students to recognise the range of alternatives available after completing the Leaving Certificate and assists them to develop the skills to consciously shape their own career path.
The Guidance Counsellor avails of a range of psychometric tests to discover the most effective way to meet the needs of the students in order to identify their aptitudes and interests. The following are the main functions of the tests which the Guidance Counsellor offers:
Constructive feedback helps the student to choose effectively a life / career path and they are then allowed the freedom and responsibility to assimilate new information and consequently empowered to make educated and pertinent decisions.