“If we’re going to interest young people and their families in apprenticeships, we need to show them a clear progression route both academically and in terms of career progression.” - Tony Donoghue, IBEC

Traditionally it has been assumed that the way to advance to management level in a company is to enter the workforce with a degree or similar qualific(...)

Sixty-five per cent of law graduates are women, yet this number drops immediately as soon as women begin to work

With 77 per cent of women aged between 25 and 54 employed outside of the home in 2018, a record number of women are now part of the Irish workforce. (...)

Some 25,000 students will attend the The Irish Times Higher Options expo at the RDS over the course of the three-day event. Photograph: Alan Betson

Organised by The Irish Times and the Institute of Guidance Counsellors in September every year, the Higher Options conference, in the RDS, Dublin, is (...)

Irish Times Results Helpdesk guidance counsellors Deirdre Garrett and Brian Howard work to answer questions. Photograph: Sara Freund

There are three guarantees in life: death, taxes and the inevitability that some students will be upset or confused about their Leaving Cert results. (...)

Guidance counsellors can play an influential role by impartial one-to-one advice. Photograph: iStock

Major gaps in career guidance are leaving secondary school pupils without information on alternative options to university such as apprenticeships, ac(...)

The institute found that more than two-thirds of students identified anxiety, self harm and suicidal ideation as the most common issues students were presenting with. Photograph: iStock

Guidance counsellors say they are struggling to cope with an “epidemic” of anxiety among secondary school pupils. Speaking at the annual conference o(...)

There is no need to panic or rush to make a decision. Your daughter has until July 1st to make her CAO course choices. Photograph: iStock

My daughter is sitting the Leaving Cert in June but has had no career guidance since the school guidance counsellor left two years ago. She can’t make(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Minister for Education Joe McHugh and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor  at the launch of the Government’s  education plan  at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Government is to press ahead with plans to make geography an optional subject for junior cycle students despite opposition from teachers and acade(...)

Niall Horan pursued his dream of a career in music. Above, performing with One Direction at Croke Park in 2014. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Law school debt Daily regret Is that really what you dreamed as a kid? Or did you hope one day That you’d find a way To spend four years worki(...)

Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A Government Minister has expressed her disgust at “slanderous” comments made about career guidance teachers. Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of Sta(...)

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