Guidance Counsellor Resources

Europe is Open to You!

2022 has been designated the European Year of Youth #EYY2022, shining a particular light on building a better, greener, more inclusive future for all. To celebrate this, and to mark #EuropeDay2022Euroguidance Ireland and Eurodesk Ireland have teamed up with QQI/Europass Ireland, EURES Ireland, The HEA, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Eurodesk multiplier Crosscare and NYCI to produce this ‘Europe is Open to You’ booklet.

Whether you would like to study, work, volunteer or just explore YOUR Europe, this booklet gives you some tips, useful websites and contacts so that you can find out more about the wonderful opportunities available to you.

It is time again for you as young people to embrace all that Europe has to offer. There are lots of pathways to study, learn, work, volunteer, travel, gain valuable skills and build a successful career all at your fingertips! As citizens of the EU, it is also important that you feel equipped to take advantage of the single labour market we belong to and where possible, to seize the opportunity to represent Ireland and positively influence the future of our European Union!

This booklet aims to empower YOU to begin YOUR European journey.

‘Erasmus+ for the Post-Primary Guidance Counsellor- a toolkit to support your application’

These resources have been designed by NCGE / Euroguidance Ireland, in cooperation with Léargas, to support the Guidance Counsellor in taking their first steps towards availing of Erasmus + funding for CPD purposes across Europe.

They are:

  • Erasmus+ Project Ideas for the Guidance Counsellor

  • Advice on partner finding

  • A step-by-step guide to applying for an ‘Organisation ID’ (OID)

  • A step-by-step guide to accessing the application form

  • A complete sample application

You can access the RECORDING on Vimeo of a recent WORSHOP on the topic by clicking 'Resource Link' below . The accompanying presentation is available here also.

Preparing your Post Primary Work Experience ‘toolkit’ using Europass

This presentation is designed as a ‘step by step’ guide to support Guidance Counsellors and their students to create and share a Europass profile, CV and Cover Letter, for the purposes of seeking work experience / employment.

Through the skills gained in this lesson, the students will be able to:

  • Produce their own professional profile and CV- highlighting their qualifications, skills, personal qualities, interests and experiences, of interest to potential employers.
  • Understand the nature and purpose of a cover letter
  • Produce an effective cover letter
  • Know how to share digitally their newly created profile, CV and cover letter with potential employers

Mobility in Europe & ‘Access Europe’ Resources

13th October 2020

This webinar focused exclusively on ‘MOBILITY’; with input from the HEA, NCGE FET, QQI, EURES, Eurodesk and Léargas.
It gave attendees an overview of:

  • The mobility opportunities available to students and where to access more information about them. 
  • The tools available to support mobility 
  • The organisations in Ireland that support mobility (working and learning throughout Europe) 
  • How to engage in a mobility experience for YOUR own CPD

You can access the accompanying presentation below and view the webinar recording on Vimeo by clicking the 'Resource Link'

Inventory of lifelong guidance systems and practices

The national lifelong guidance systems records provide information about current policy developments and structures pertaining to career guidance, career education and career development in countries of the EU, EEA, EFTA and EU enlargement/accession countries. The country records are based on information gathered and analysed by CareersNet experts during their respective mandate period. CareersNet is Cedefop’s network of independent experts in career guidance and career development, managed within the Lifelong guidance project area, Department for learning and employability.

You can find out more and access the individual 'country inventories' (including Ireland's) by clicking on 
the 'Resource Link' below

International career development conference presented by DMH Associates

Watch this video and get a taster of the inaugural, International Career Development Conference 2019 hosted by DMH Associates. The footage brings to life the speakers, the delegates and the programme which focused on the themes of Identity, Innovation and Impact.  An awe-inspiring conference for anyone passionate about careers.

You can view the video on YouTube by clicking the 'Resource Link' below

Euro-Quest: Whole School (Teacher) Guidebook and accompanying teaching resources

Below you will find a copy of the Euro-Quest Whole School Guidebook.
This Guidebook is prepared for use by Guidance Counsellors and a team of teachers in other subjects to collaborate to deliver this course together.

In addition to thise 'core' supporting document for school staff, there are 6 x additional resources provided:

  • Further resources for Euro-Quest
  • A sample class delivery plan
  • An introduction to potential 'inter subject' links
  • A sample Inter-Subject planning template (completed)
  • A sample Inter-Subject planning template (blank for your own use)
  • An additional document relating to the 'optional' addition to Module 3 - 'Exploring Internships in Europe'

All documents (and the additional 'Exploring Internships in Europe' Module link) are also uploaded to the 'Teacher Resources' section of the
Leader / Teacher course page on