Guidance Counsellor Resources

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 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

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.