This 1 week course on the Theory and Practice of Career Guidance is of significant benefit to Head Teachers, Guidance Teachers, Career Advisers, Subject Teachers and Trainers who work with young people preparing to enter the work place and who need to increase their awareness of current thinking on Career Guidance Developments and to share ideas on best practice in the field with colleagues from across Europe thereby improving the overall approach to raising awareness of Career Guidance in their schools and, as a result, the learner outcomes for their students as they prepare for happy, fulfilling and rewarding adult life.

Course Objectives

The primary objectives of this 1-week Project Based Learning course are

  • to familiarise participants with key concepts and issues in Career Guidance and to help develop their skills in implementing Career Guidance in the classroom
  • to increase participants’ skill and confidence in the use of occupational interests inventories, aptitude tests, career databases and student educational and social histories to enhance career guidance programmes.
  • to cover a variety of school projects in areas like career role models; influencers and influences in making career choices
  • to provide an opportunity to develop and consolidate participants’ own Career Guidance awareness.
  • to establish contacts between Career Guidance practitioners from a variety of European backgrounds and facilitate future networking among these professionals
  • to promote awareness of Career Guidance in Ireland and EU

Methodology

This is a practical, hands-on, participative course which focuses on the application of Career Guidance in the classroom. The input sessions are a blend of lecture format and practical activities, including case studies, completion of on-line inventories and tests.  Throughout the course participants are encouraged to reflect on their own practice and consider alternative practices.  Participants will build up a portfolio of ideas and practices which may be implemented on their return to their own countries.

The morning sessions are complemented and reinforced by afternoon cultural visits where the participants are encouraged to develop their language skills in a more informal environment outside the classroom and further enhance their knowledge of Ireland.

Format

This course on the Theory and Practice of Career Guidance is a one-week course consisting of 20 morning contact hours as well as an afternoon cultural visits programme. Advice is provided on opportunities for extended Informal Learning and Personal Research related to their course on Saturday and Sunday.

Advice is provided on opportunities for extended Informal Learning and Personal Research related to their course on Saturday and Sunday.

Follow Up

On the final day of the course, the participants engage in a reflection session in which they are encouraged to examine benefits gained from the course and complete a course evaluation form. Participants are encouraged to keep contact via email and private social networking. Regular follow-up contact is made with the participants after completion of the course. The Alpha trainers are available for follow-up advice and support at all times.

To apply for the Theory and Practice of Career Guidance Course

To make application for Erasmus+ funding for this course or any of our other in-service training courses for teachers please visit your National Agency website for full information on the application process.

About Alpha College

Alpha College has a staff of highly qualified, experienced and motivated teacher trainers.

The presenter on this course is a qualified, practising Career Guidance professional with more than 30 years’ experience of working with young people preparing to enter the world of work.  He is also a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and for the last 15 years has been training Irish Career Guidance teachers as well as HR professionals in a range of industries in the use of Interests Inventories and Aptitude Tests.  He works closely with a number of companies in the selection of staff at all levels to ensure the best possible “fit” between the needs of organisations and the occupational interests, aptitudes, personalities, experience and qualifications of employees


Course Programme

Day one

  • Induction and introduction to the course. Creation of a digital portfolio.
  • The language of Career Guidance
  • Theories and theorists of Career Guidance, with an emphasis on Interests.
  • Participants complete an on-line interests inventory, study the occupational interests generated, analyse, discuss and critique its application
  • An orientation tour of Dublin to provide participants with an opportunity to practise their English in a more informal setting outside the classroom, familiarise themselves with the geography and history of the city.

Day two

  • Theories and theorists of Career Guidance, with an emphasis on Aptitudes.
  • Participants complete 3 on-line aptitude tests, analyse and discuss the chart generated by this exercise
  • Analyse the application of such charts in participants’ own schools.
  • Visit to the National Museum

Day three

  • Applying knowledge of students educational and social histories in making the best career, further education and formation decisions
  • Combining interests, aptitudes, educational and social histories to deliver an effective Career Guidance service.
  • Reviewing actual case studies
  • Visit to GAA Museum and Stadium

Day four

  • What do employers look for in potential employees
  • Writing persuasive and effective curricula vitae, application forms and personal statements
  • Case studies and samples
  • Visit to a local Enterprise Centre to see how small local industries and start-ups work. (This is an organisation set up to help create and grow young businesses by providing them with necessary support and financial and technical services)

Day five

  • How to help students prepare for interview
  • Competencies which companies explore at interviews
  • How do students deal with competency based questions
  • How to prepare for difficult questions
  • Course review and evaluation. Implications for future practice.  Finalising digital portfolio.
  • Self-guided city centre cultural excursion

Course Dates

  • 29th July 2019
  • (or by arrangement for closed groups)

Language Level

  • Minimum B2

Course Fees

Programme including materials; excursions and activities as outlined in the programme

  • 495

Host family accommodation; single room; half board

  • 200 for 1 week (July-August)

Student Self Catering Accommodation; July & August with limited availability from 16th June

  • 295 per week

Airport Transfers (optional)

  • 70 – Arrival
  • 70 – Departure

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