Careers

Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance (CEIAG)

All staff share general duties, helping with UCAS applications, personal statements, references, career guidance interviews, delivering Careers lessons, and have some particular responsibilities (noted below):

  • Claire Kelly (Head of Department)
  • Catherine Coey (Year 14 Mock Interview evening)
  • Louise Crawford (Oxbridge & CAO applications)
  • Alison Ewart (Prospectus ordering, Mock Interview evening, Work Experience)
  • Anne Graham (Careers Library Organisation)
  • Steven Glenn (Work Experience)
  • Nicola Madden (Learning Guidance Forum)
  • Andrew Nelson (Work Experience, i/c of Year 12; Website admin)
  • Lynda-Jayne Parkhill (i/c Work Experience)
  • Vicki Wharry (DEL liaison, Year 14 Mock Interview Evening, Work Experience)

The Careers Department is an established group of 10 experienced staff who are committed to providing our pupils with the best quality careers advice and guidance to prepare them for adult life. We have a superbly equipped Careers Suite, comprising a large Careers library with work spaces, comfortable seating, ICT access and up to date information on pathways, and we also have a Careers office adjoining the library where staff are always available to meet with pupils.

We are proud of the achievements of our pupils and maintain strong links with them long after they have left us. We celebrate their successes and use these to inspire students who are coming after them. Three of our pupils from last year have gone on to Oxbridge, and one of our pupils from last year’s Year 14 is studying at Harvard University, USA.

The overall aim of the CEIAG Programme in Dalriada School is to develop our students as effective career decision makers, helping them to prepare for the important decisions which they will have to make during their time with us here in school and thereafter. We aim to equip them with the knowledge and skills to allow them to manage their own career development successfully.

The Careers Department, in close liaison with the Northern Ireland Careers Service (Department of Employment and Learning) works towards:

  • Enabling our students to develop the skills and qualities necessary to choose and implement an appropriate career plan, based on a solid understanding of the importance of their education and a realistic awareness of the available pathways and opportunities (locally, nationally and internationally).
  • Providing our students with the experiences and opportunities allowing them to investigate and evaluate a range of career pathways and to gain essential employability skills to prepare them for the world of work.
  • Allowing our students to have access to the highest quality of Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance so that they can manage transition and make appropriate and informed choices about future pathways.

Careers Education

Formal Careers Education is taught by Careers staff from Year 10 to Year 14, although pupils in Years 8 & 9 explore vital Employability skills through the subject of Learning for Life and Work. Click this link to find out more about what we deliver in all year groups.

Careers Guidance

At key decision-making transition points, every pupil is given an Individual Guidance Interview with a member of the Careers Department, and parents are invited to attend. These take place in Year 10 (GCSE choices), Year 12 (A level choices), Year 13 (A2 choices) and in Year 14 (university applications). Additional interviews take place for all Year 12 pupils with one of our DEL Officers, along with any other interviews on request from all year groups. In addition to this, all Careers staff participate in August interviews following publication of A-level and GCSE results. Click this link to see our interview schedules for 2014-2015.

Careers Events

There are many events held in school for students of all ages linked to Careers Education, such as Young Enterprise workshops, Sentinus programmes, Mock Interview Evening, Work Experience week and Careers Conventions. Click this link to find out more about Careers events run in school.