Guidance Counsellor Resources

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 www.euro-quest.ie

How to create your Europass Profile

Europass is a set of online tools to help users communicate their skills, qualifications and experiences and manage their career in a fast-changing world.  
The new Europass offers a range of online ‘e-Portfolio’ tools and information for people of all ages, to manage their learning and career.  
Guidance Counsellors can use Europass to support students and clients to:  

  • Create a free personal profile  
  • Highlight skills, qualifications and experiences  
  • Create CVs and cover letters  
  • Explore different job and learning opportunities around Europe (in progress)  
  • Find trusted national information and contact points on working and learning in Europe  

As part of the new Europass, the Commission has also worked with 18 countries to pilot Europass Digital Credentials, which are authentic, tamper-proof digital credentials (e.g. qualifications, diplomas, certificates).  

Students who complete their Europass profile can use it as one of the criteria to achieve ‘Euro-Quest Ambassador’ status

It can also be used as a basis for entry to the ‘Careers with Languages’ competition 

Euroguidance Ireland have created the following short video to assist students / Guidance Counsellors through the steps required to complete their (i) profile, (ii) CV and (iii) Cover letter

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

Erasmus+ Higher Education Impact Study

This study, published in 2019, measures and analyses the impact the Erasmus+ programme has on students who undertake a learning or training period abroad through the programme, in particular the impact on individual skills enhancement, employability and a sense of shared European identity. 

You can access the study report by clicking the 'Resource Link' below

Click HERE for the Léargas Impact Study: Erasmus+ International Work Placements for Vocational (FET) Learners from Ireland.
This study examines the impact of Erasmus+ work placements on Vocational Education and Training (VET) learners from Ireland through Erasmus+ Key Action 102 mobility projects. 
102 projects provide funding to VET organisations to send their learners or staff to other countries for work-based training or job shadowing.

‘Euro-Quest’ Ambassador programme

This NEW programme provides a framework and incentive for schools to raise awareness of the value of mobility, for TY students and the whole school community. 
The programme will ideally be led by a Guidance Counsellor, in collaboration with colleagues. It involves the completion of 3  tasks:

  • The completion of the Euro-quest modules with students

  • The completion of a new Europass profile with students

  • One other task of your choice - ideas / options are provided in the INFORMATION SHEET below

All tasks can be completed in person or in the virtual classroom environment - offering flexibility at the current time!

Download the 'INFORMATION SHEET' below and click HERE to register to take part.

Euroguidance Ireland / Languages Connect 'Careers with Languages Competition'

A good command of European languages can open many doors! 
This competition is designed to invite students to learn about the career possibilities that languages (MFL & Gaeilge) can bring, in particular, the attractive role of an Interpreter for the European Union! 
Students will also develop valuable career management skills along the way by completing their full Europass profile, CV and cover letter for entry.

MORE TO FOLLOW

'Celebrate Europe' (Promote Mobility)

This resource contains 27 ideas to celebrate Europe and promote educational mobility within the whole school community. 

It flags events that can be celebrated, opportunities to explore as well as providing a range of ideas of ways that the guidance counsellor and other subject teachers.
For example MFL, history, geography, art, Gaeilge etc. can work together to raise the student’s awareness of the EU and it’s educational mobility opportunities in a fun and creative way! 

  • It can be used with any year group. Some activities are more suitable to senior cycle students.  
  • Some activities can be adapted for use in the virtual class environment also
  • It can be used to fulfil one criteria of the Euro-Quest Ambassador Programme

'Guest Speakers'

This resource provides students with a list of prompt questions they can ask a range of different guest speakers, from:

  1. An Erasmus student
  2. A local University / PLC representative
  3. A local business representative to find out more about what it is like to study abroad and the benefits of internationalising their education
     
  • It can be used with any year group, although may be more suitable to senior cycle students
  • It can be used as part of ‘College Awareness Week’ or any other career related activity
  • It can lend itself to collaboration with teachers of languages or business
  • It can be easily used in the virtual class environment
  • It can be used to fulfil one criteria of the Euro-Quest Ambassador Programme

'Share YOUR Journey'

This resource is designed for use during the annual 'College Awareness Week' (or a similar event). 
It provides a list of prompt questions which will enable members of the school community to:

  1. Share their career journey thus far with students
  2. Facilitate a conversation around the students’ current aspirations
     
  • It can be distributed to any members of teaching staff- teachers, tutors, the principal, year heads, student teachers, SNAs etc.
  • It can be used in any class, with any year group but may work best by designating one period / 30mins on a particular day of the week, inviting all classes to drop everything, put the books away and share their college journey! 
  • It can be easily used in the virtual class environment also. 
  • It can be used to fulfil one criteria of the Euro-Quest Ambassador Programme

'Europe is Open to You'

This booklet has been brought to you by Euroguidance and Eurodesk, with input from Susan Scott of Clondalkin Youth Service and Nicola Moran of Youth Work Ireland, Roscommon, to let you know that when it comes to further study, there are many options available abroad.
In fact, there are thousands of courses taught through English in Europe. Some Universities also offer intensive language courses to allow you to study in their language. This booklet gives you some tips and useful websites so that you can find out more about the amazing chances available to study in Europe.If you can’t find the answer you are looking for we are here to help you. Information and support are also available from your local youth information officer and guidance counsellor. We hope it won’t be long till you are dusting off your passport and packing your wheely bag on an new adventure to study in Europe.