Career Guidance

Welcome to St. Mac Dara’s Guidance and Counselling webpage.

St. Mac Dara’s Community College provides a comprehensive Guidance and Counselling service to all members of the school community.

The Guidance and Counselling service helps students to develop an awareness and acceptance of their talents and abilities. It involves the full range of interventions which helps students make choices about their lives.

The main aim of Guidance and Counselling at St. Mac Dara’s Community College is to provide variety of services in three main areas:

Personal and Social Guidance:  Facilitating the transfer of knowledge and skills relating to a student’s personal and social development. This area empowers students to make decisions, solve problems and change behaviour.

Educational Guidance: Assisting in decision making, motivation, learning and examinations techniques and with choices of subjects, courses and levels. Aptitude, ability, interest and other assessment tools are used to assist the student in the decision making process.

Career Guidance:  Assisting in decision making related to the choices of further and higher education, training courses and employment opportunities. The guidance service explores job seeking skills, work and other life roles.

The Guidance and Counselling service consults with teachers, parents, learning support and management in the planning of the guidance programme. The Guidance Counsellors have an advocacy role on behalf of the students with outside agency’s employers and third level institutions.

The Guidance and Counselling service supports student learning to cope with many aspects of their personal, social, educational and career development.

Click on the links below to access guidance related websites.

The following websites provide information on courses

Click on this link to access the official CAO website.

This website provides information on access routes including HEAR and DARE


Latest Updates

Guidance Plan

Guidance Plan Click here to access the St Mac Dara's Guidance Plan [the_grid name="School...

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Important Dates for 6th Year Students

Important Dates for 6th Year Students Calendar of Career Events Click here to look up the Qualifax database of college open days and other careers related events.   College Open Days 2018 (Saturdays) 3/11/2018      UCD Open Day 10/11/2018   ...

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6th Year – Important Dates

Important Dates for 6th Years UCAS Online applications open September 5th, 2018 Deadline for receipt of applications to the universities of Oxford and Cambridge as well as all courses in Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary: 15 Oct. 2018 Deadline...

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Differential Aptitude Test

The Differential Aptitude Test for Third Years will take place on Wednesday the 17th of October from 8.50 am to 1pm. This is an opportunity that will prove to be of great value for the student in making a good subject and career choice. Scores can be used to produce a...

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CAO Information Evening

A reminder that the CAO Information Evening for all 6th Year Parents/Guardians takes place on Monday evening 1st October 2018 at 7.30p.m in the College. Representatives from Universities and Third Level Colleges will be in attendance to speak about various courses and...

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Presentation on Senior Cycle Options & Subject Choices

Presentation for parents and guardians of Third Year and Transition Year students on: Senior Cycle Options & Subject Choices Thursday  March  15th, 2018 at 7.30pm in the College   The purpose of the talk is to help parents and guardians better understand: Program...

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