Career Guidance


A welcoming, helpful approach is key to career guidance at The Institute of Education. Three fully qualified Career Guidance Counsellors are available to provide advice and direction to all our our students throughout the year.

Our annual Career Fair takes place each October, from 4.45pm – 7.00pm. This event gives students a chance to meet representatives from leading national and international colleges and universities, as well as attend a series of career talks with industry experts. A special talk for 6th year parents on the CAO process is also given during the evening by Dr. John McGinnity from NUI Maynooth.


ONE-TO-ONE CAREER GUIDANCE | Students are encouraged to make as many ‘one-to-one’ appointments as they need. At these meetings we explore career opportunities and discuss the student’s aspirations for third-level education. Our aim is to help our students make informed decisions about their future career and life. Parents and guardians are invited to participate in these meetings if they wish.

INTERVIEW PREPARATION | We help students develop interview skills and techniques for specific college courses.

APPLICATIONS | Assistance is provided in completing college application forms, finalising references etc.

PERSONALITY & APTITUDE PROFILING | We offer all students the opportunity to do a ‘Centigrade Interest Test’ in our Computer Room.  If a student is still deciding what career path they are interested in, this is an excellent place to start.

COUNSELLING SERVICE | We are available to meet with students to talk about any issue that might be affecting them throughout the year (settling into school, stress, mental health etc.)

CAO TALKS | A series of CAO talks take place during November, December and January each year.  Students are encouraged to attend one of these talks, which are intended to demystify the CAO application process and answer any questions students may have in advance of making their college application in February.

CAREER FAIR | Our annual career fair takes place each October. This event provides students the opportunity to gain a real insight into third-level options and possible future careers. The fair offers students the opportunity to meet representatives from some of Ireland’s leading colleges and universities, who can provide the latest information on courses and admission requirements. Experts from a range of industries will also give as series of talks that will focus on potential careers and third-level course options.


Mary Dorgan: Guidance Counsellor/ Admissions Officer
Mary graduated with a Science degree, a Higher Diploma in Education and a Diploma in Guidance Counselling (U.C.D.). Mary believes that exceptional standards in the classroom must also be reflected in the Career Guidance services provided. She takes time with the students, encourages them to be ambitious and to focus on the best they can achieve.

Margaret Keating – Guidance Counsellor
Margaret has a Masters in Guidance and Counselling from Maynooth; a Higher Diploma in Guidance from UCD and a BA, HDE from UCC. From 2008-2014 she lectured on the Guidance Diploma and PME in Maynooth. She also led the Guidance Diploma course from 2011-2014.

Previous to that she worked as a full-time Guidance Counsellor in Malahide Community School.
For almost 20 years she was seconded by the DES to the European Schools during which time she taught English to Baccalaureate level in Oxford (UK), Varese (IT) and Bergen (NL).

Margaret holds a Certificate from the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (London); Counselling Aspects in Education and an Initial Certificate in ‘Working Psychodynamically with Adolescents’.

Ingrid O’Connor – 6th Year Guidance Counsellor
Ingrid is a qualified Guidance Counsellor with a Masters Degree in Psychology from UCD. She has a H. Dip in Education from UCD, and has been a member of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors for 20 years. Ingrid has worked for the past 16 years as a Guidance Counsellor in Loreto Secondary School in Bray. Previously, she worked as a Guidance Counsellor in St. Gerard’s Secondary School in Bray, and with the County Dublin VEC.