Career Guidance & Counselling

 Welcome to the Guidance and Counselling web page.
If you would you like to contact us our email is:
The care of each student is of utmost importance in our school. The Guidance and Counselling service aims to offer a full range of learning experiences which are designed to assist students to make choices about their lives and to make the transitions consequent to these choices.  The Guidance Counsellors’ function is to assist students to obtain information about opportunities and to assist the students to gain self-knowledge that allows them to choose among alternatives.  Counselling is offered on an individual or group basis as part of a developmental learning process and at moments of personal crisis. Counselling may include personal counselling, educational counselling, career counselling or combinations of these.  We have a number of useful links below and our diary will be updated regularly.

Former Ivy League Admissions Officer Event Dublin - 3rd April


Who Gets In:  Q & A With Former Ivy League Admissions Officer

DATE:   Wed, 3rd Apr. ‘19
TIME:   6:30pm - 8:00pm
LOCATION:   The Spencer Hotel, The Excise Walk, IFSC, Dublin
Ben Schwartz Former Dartmouth Admissions Officer
Please click HERE to book for the event
Crimson Education is the world’s largest university admissions support network, helping students from all backgrounds gain entry to the best US and UK universities.
ABOUT THE EVENT  Ever had a burning question you wish you could ask an Admissions Officer directly? Well now, here's your chance!  An exclusive event with former Ivy League Admissions Officer, Ben Schwartz, this event is not to be missed by students and parents thinking of applying to top universities in the US.  At this event, Ben will be discussing: + Advice from admissions gatekeepers for students + Mock admissions panel of 4 applicant profiles:  How admissions officers actually read your university application and make decisions + The winning school selection strategy: How to pick schools that are right for you + Kickstart your roadmap with unique strategies for getting into the university of your dreams!

UCD Social Sciences Webinar - 10th April


UCD Social Sciences is organising a webinar on Wednesday 10th April at 6pm  which prospective CAO students can watch live at home.   

UCD College of Social Sciences and Law

Date: 10 April 2019 Time: 6pm. UCD Social Sciences is inviting prospective students to our BSc Social Sciences Webinar. This webinar taking place on the 10th April, is a great opportunity to find out more about the different Social Sciences subjects that can be studied within the four year undergraduate BSc Social Sciences degree programme in UCD.

The 45 minute session will include:

  1. Programme Overview from the UCD Associate Dean of Social Sciences 
  2. Hear from a panel of current1st year studentsfrom the following subjects who will share their experience of studying Social Sciences in UCD: 

- Geography  
- Economics 
- Politics and International Relations
- Information and Communication Studies
- Sociology
- Social Justice 
- Philosophy 

Throughout the session, students will also get to hear about the options available within Social Sciences including: Computational Social Science, Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Economics, Mathematics & Statistics 

  1. Question and Answer session at the end.

Careers in Architecture & in Culinary Arts/Food Technology


If you think you may be interested in pursuing a career in Architecture or Culinary Arts/Food Technology please click on the relevant link(s) below for important information.

For Architecture click below:

For Culinary Arts/Food Technology click below;


CAO Presentation for Parents


The 6th Year Learning Advice Meeting takes place this Thursday 15th November 2018 at 4.15pm - 6.45pm.

At the meeting there will be a presentation on the CAO, the points system, college places, DARE applications.

Click on the links below for useful information:

CAO Parents' Guide

CAO Parents' Presentation

DARE Applications Information

Ballsbridge College Open Day


Ballsbridge College of Further Education, Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 is holding an Open Day on Wednesday, 23 January 2019 from 11.00am- 3.00pm. All are very welcome to attend.

Programmes cover areas such as Accounting; Marketing and Advertising; Criminology; Social Studies; Auctioneering; Event Management; Applied Psychology; Web Design and Multimedia; Human Resources; FinTech (Financial Technology); IT skills; Media; Law and International Aid and Development.

The College also offers programmes in Health Sector Studies; Community Development; Start Your Own Business, Digital Marketing; EFL and TEFL.

Ballsbridge College also offers a two year QQI Level 6 Auctioneering and Property Services Apprenticeship programme.

All programmes are QQI certified (Level 5 or 6) and all include a work placement component.  Students can also avail of internships opportunities abroad.

Mature students and social welfare recipients are particularly welcome.

For details on how to find the college and for additional details on the programmes, please visit the college’s website at , contact the college at 01-668 4806 or email

Points on Preparation for an Open Day …

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UCD Ad Astra Scholarship Programme


The Ad Astra Academy offers three different types of scholarships - Academic, Elite Sports and Performing Arts. The academy encourages students with exceptional talents to develop their abilities to their full potential within these areas.

Make sure to check out our website which features online applications with information and tips on how to apply and what to include; up-to-date news and information via our Facebook and Twitter feeds; the scholars experiences of the Academy and an FAQ for each section! Further information available here:

Click HERE for full information on the Ad Astra Scholarship Programme and links to the relevant areas of the UCD website.

National College of Ireland (NCI) Open Day 19th January 2019


Come along at any time between 10am to 1pm. We will be providing information on all full-time courses at this event.

What to expect on the day:
With taster classes, course stands, and campus tours throughout the day, the event promises to be not only educational, but also a whole lot of fun. The gang from Spin 103.8 will be on campus to help create a buzzing atmosphere and there will be music, craic and games a-plenty. NCI is one of the few educational institutes to offer guaranteed accommodation to first-year students, and the open day offers the chance to tour the on-campus student apartments.
Most importantly, though, you can find out about our full-time courses in business, computing (including our new BSc in Data Science), psychology, marketing, HR, accounting and more. Chat to lecturers and staff, meet the students’ union team, learn about clubs and societies on campus - and find out why our graduates consistently top the charts in terms of employment attainment, compared with other third-level institutions in Ireland.

SUSI will be there with information for students wondering about their grant prospects for college. You can find out more about the day here
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me on We look forward to seeing you on the 19th!

Is College an Option for You?  January 16th: 19.30 - 21.00  Samuel Beckett Community Centre, Ballyogan

Is college an option for you? Come and find out about options and supports available to help you access college.  UCD and IADT, supported by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, are hosting a free information session on options and supports available for those interested in going to college in the near future.

Session Overview

  • Welcome
  • UCD's Alternative Pathways | Fiona Sweeney
  • Study Options at IADT | Sinéad McEntee
  • Financial Supports | Catherine Tormey
  • Student Panel | UCD Access Leaders
  • Q&A Session

For further information contact:  or visit


UCD Open Day 2018


UCD will be hosting its annual Open Day for prospective students, mature students, their families and guidance counsellors on Saturday, 3 November 2018 from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Date & Time: 3rd November 2018 10am-4pm

We expect to welcome approximately 14,000 visitors from Ireland, UK and other international countries on the day. Academic staff, students and administrative staff from all course areas, schools and student services will be on hand to answer questions and talk about academic courses and student life at UCD. Tours of the campus, will run throughout the day.

We encourage students to register online at:

The 2018 Open Day booklet, which contains the talks programme, the layout of the Central Exhibition area and day planner, will be available shortly to download at

Hard copies of this booklet will also be available for students on the day.

UCD Student Recruitment

T: +353 (1) 7161507

UCD Business:  Invitation to Open Evening 2018



We would like to invite you and your students to our UCD Business Open Evening taking place on Monday 15th October from 6.00PM to 8.00PM in the UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business.

Date & Time: 15th October 2018 @ 6.00 pm 

On Monday October 15th we will hold an Open Evening for students who are interested in pursuing a degree in business. The evening is an opportunity for interested students to talk to lecturers, support staff, careers advisers and students about what life as a UCD student is like.

We will welcome students and parents from 6.00PM in the School with a full range of talks beginning at 6.30.

A series of talks on our various courses will take place including:

  • Bachelor of Commerce (BComm)
  • Bachelor of Commerce International
  • Bachelor of Business & Law
  • BSc Economics & Finance 

We look forward to welcoming you and hope that any questions you might have will be answered and that you will enjoy finding out more about studying business in UCD!

Register here

UCD Law:  Invitation to Open Evening 2018


We would like to invite you and your students to our UCD Law Open Evening taking place in the Sutherland School of Law on Tuesday 9th October 2018.

› Date & Time: 9th October 2018 @ 5.30 pm 

On the evening there will be a series of short talks explaining the degree options on offer, the career opportunities for law graduates and what it is like to study abroad for a semester or a year as part of your degree.

The Open Evening is also a great opportunity for sixth year students to take a tour of the unique facilities on offer in the new Sutherland School of Law building and really get a feel for what it would be like to study law in UCD while at the same time meeting lecturers and law students. 

Our partner schools of Business, Chinese Studies,  Economics, French Law, History, Irish, Philosophy, Politics and Social Justice will also be present so that you can explore all of the Law ‘With’ degree options in more detail.

Register Here

University College Dublin
Dublin 4

Business @ IADT Dun Laoghaire


1. Small Class Sizes.

Typical class sizes range from 30 to 40 students. This means that lecturers can work with students on an individual basis. Our lecture halls do not facilitate the merging of large classes.

2. Most Assessment is Continuous.

Continuous assessment means that students get feedback on a regular basis. This also gives students a chance to improve. Over 80% of assessment is continuous.

3. Learning is Applied to Real Life.

Providing students with opportunities to put their learning into practice is important to us. Students get real-life opportunities with stalls (year 1), the practice of selling (year 2), work placement (years 2 & 3), social enterprise practice (year 3) and integrated case studies (year 4). Photo is of Gerry Diver on work placement with Coca Cola, Pakistan.

4. Stable Experienced Teaching Team.

Our committed teaching team has over 100 years' business experience across a range of industries in the USA, Germany, Hong Kong, Holland, Canada, the UK et al. Lecturers are adept at helping students to link their learning across subjects to avail of business opportunities.

5. Our Graduates.

The ultimate test of any degree programme is the quality of its graduates. We are immensely proud of our graduates. They are thriving in a wide range of industries across the globe. We will feature a selection of our graduates in future newsletters.

Learning through experience