Career Guidance & Counselling

Welcome to the Guidance and Counselling web page.
If you would you like to contact us our email is:
Guidance Team:   Ms Hilda O'Malley  &  Ms Aisling O'Connell 
(2021/22.  Ms Janice Horgan)
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.

Virtual Taster Lecture Event:  UCD Science, Computer Science, Actuarial & Financial Studies 2022


The event will be held virtually through Zoom on Saturday 12th February.

Format: This event will be held virtually over Zoom on Saturday 12 February 2022 from 10am to 12pm. It is aimed at students applying to the CAO for Science DN200, Computer Science DN201 and Actuarial & Financial Studies DN230 for entry 2022. 

Click HERE for further information


A Series of Short Talks on all Courses Offered in IADT


Each Monday for four weeks from Monday the 10th January, there will be a series of Career talks for all our 6th Year pupils.

Check out the videos listing all events this week:

It is highly recommended that you visit the site  for videos covering the weekly schedules and alerts of all career-related events.

See below for the list of options.

Jan 10th:   Paul Ward, - UCD Sutherland School of Law

Jan 17th:   Emma O Donovan - UCD College of Social Sciences and Law

Jan 24th:   Michelle Murphy - IADT

Jan 31st:   TCD presentation


Invitation to 'Live Q & A' with Ad Astra Academy Scholars on Weds 20th Jan, 1pm.


Introducing the UCD Ad Astra Academy Scholarship Programme

The programme offers scholarships in Academia, Elite Sports and Performing Arts. Applications are currently open for our Elite Sports and Performing Arts Programmes and will close on 31st January 2022. Applications to our Academic Scholarships will open on the 1st February and close 21st August 2022. 

We will be hosting a live Q&A with three of our current scholars from each of our programmes. Each scholar will explain what made them apply to the Academy, how they found the recruitment process, the best part about being in it and of course, to answer any questions/queries that you may have! This would be of great interest to 5th and 6th Year students, parents, guidance counsellors, or for anyone who would like to find out more.

To register for the event, please click on the link below before Monday, 17th January.

Register Live Q&A with Ad Astra Scholars Wed 19th Jan at 1 PM 

The following Academy Scholars will be talking about their experiences:

  • Jennifer Fogarty, Medicine, Academic Scholar from Co. Tipperary
  • Dónal O'Shea, Hurling, Economics & Finance, Elite Sports and Academic Scholar from Co. Galway
  • Carla Fusciardi Walace, Drama, Law, Performing Arts Scholar from Co. Wexford



Crimson Education Webinars:  Considering College in the US


Webinar 1: How to choose your dream US college / Webinar 2: Start early and succeed - Jamie Beaton's Journey to Harvard and Beyond

Click HERE for the full pdf outlining the webinars

A webinar ‘How To Choose Your Dream US College’ will be taking place tomorrow (Thursday 13th January).

This webinar is perfect for any student who is considering an application to a US university or interested in finding out more about the US university system. 

Tickets are free and can be booked via the pages linked below or in the attached flyers.  

1) How To Choose Your Dream US College!
Thursday 13th January 6:30pm to 8:00pm (UK time)

Increasingly UK students are choosing to study at US universities, but with over 4,000 colleges to choose from, finding the right college can seem daunting. 

In this webinar, we will go through the key things to consider - from academic strengths, campus life and location, to links with industry and research opportunities. In doing this, we will also introduce some of the most popular colleges out there, and share some of their best-kept secrets. What we will cover:

+ Gain a deeper understanding of the US college landscape and curriculum

+ Uncover the distinguishing characteristics of different colleges - from size and staff: student ratio, to societies and political leanings

+ Discover which academic pathways might suit your skills and interests

+ Learn about the funding options available at different colleges

+ Hear the advantages of a US college education and why it can benefit you to apply

Sign-up here

2) Start Early and Succeed: Jamie Beaton's Journey to Harvard and Beyond

Wednesday 19th January 6:30pm to 8:00pm (UK time)

We are delighted to be hosting a webinar for students interested in finding out what it takes to gain admission to some of the world’s best universities.  

Crimson Education’s CEO and founder Jamie Beaton will be recalling his journey as an undergraduate as he was accepted into Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Cambridge and Oxford.

Students are welcome to bring questions to the webinar and we will be facilitating a 30 minute Q&A discussion. 

As always free tickets can be booked via the link below. 


Hear first-hand from Crimson Education's CEO & Founder Jamie Beaton about the importance of starting early to catch the eye of Admissions Officers. 

When applying as an undergraduate Jamie was accepted into Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Cambridge and Oxford. Now Jamie is ready to answer questions about what it takes to gain admission to the world’s best universities and share his tips on how to develop a path to a world-leading university.  

What we will cover:

+ Jamie's journey to Harvard, Stanford & Oxford

+ The importance of starting early to make sure your application stands out

+ Why you should consider US universities and what the application process involves

+ What extracurriculars can help you get into your dream school

+ Why entrepreneurship is the ultimate edge

+ What you should be doing now to prepare 

Sign-up here


Click HERE for the full pdf outlining the webinars

We look forward to seeing you online.


Careers Talks - January 2022


Each Monday for four weeks from Monday the 10th January, there will be a series of Career talks for all our 6th Year pupils.

Check out the videos listing all events this week:

It is highly recommended that you visit the site  for videos covering the weekly schedules and alerts of all career-related events.

View this also for upcoming events:  “Career Events & Deadlines"

See below for the list of options.

Jan 10th:   Paul Ward, - UCD Sutherland School of Law

Jan 17th:   Emma O Donovan - UCD College of Social Sciences and Law

Jan 24th:   Michelle Murphy - IADT

Jan 31st:   TCD presentation


CAO Applications 'reduced fee' Deadline 20th January


The deadline for the discounted CAO application fee (€30 fee) is Jan 20th at 5pm.

It is advisable that your daughter makes an application over the Christmas break if she has not already done so. 

If you require any assistance, please contact Ms O'Malley at or on the school phone number 01-2895637.


UCD Ad Astra Academy 2022 Prospectus & Entry Requirements


Use the links below to access important, current information from the UCD Ad Astra Academy: Aspire, Achieve, Exce


Law Society of Ireland Presents:  Solicitors of the Future TY Programme 2022

law-society-of-ireland-03The Solicitors of the Future programme is designed to encourage participants to consider a career in law and will give useful insight into the day-to-day role of a solicitor, as well as other legal career paths that you may not yet have considered.

The programme will take place from Tuesday 22nd to Friday 25th of February 2022. The programme takes place each day from 10am until 4pm. There will be a break for lunch from 12pm until 2pm. The course will finish on Friday 25th February at 12pm with a short conferral celebration.

If you wish to be considered for this programme – please complete the Excel Form found in your class TEAM and submit an application letter via TEAMs addressed to the TY Team. This letter should state why you should be chosen. The TY Team will discuss all the letters and select one student to be put forward for the course.

Please note that schools are selected at random from a lottery draw. It is therefore important that your application is made by Tuesday 7th December 2021.

For further information regarding the programme please check out the FAQs in your Class TEAM. Good Luck.


Look Into Law - TY Programme 2022


The Bar of Ireland’s on-line “Look into Law” Transition Year Programme is an exciting initiative aimed at increasing students’ awareness of the work of The Bar of Ireland and to encourage students to consider a career as a barrister.

This annual “Access All Areas” programme aims to encourage schools and students from a wide cross-section of society to apply to take part. For more information regarding the programme please click HERE

If you wish to take part in the programme, please complete the Look Into Law Excel form found in your Tutor class TEAM. Just tick your name and school email address into the form. This must be done by Monday 6th December 2021. 


UCD School of Physics:  TY Special Event 29th November 2021  10am-12.30pm


The TY programme in LCF endeavours to offer a broad range of experiences to our TY students both in-house and after school.  A great opportunity has been made available to our TY students on Monday 29th November and as the students are not in school that day, this would be a great opportunity for TY students to explore what is available for TY students in UCD.  And no better Department to start off with than the UCD School of Physics.  

UCD School of Physics will be hosting an exciting half-day programme on Monday 29th of November 2021 from 10am - 12:30 pm.  It will include interactive seminars, thought-provoking lectures, and experiments allowing students to experience Physics in the real world.  Students need to register to participate in this seminar.  This programme is a must for any Transition Year student who is passionate about pursuing a career in science and has an interest in Physics.  Participants will hear about the work of researchers and academics who are leaders in their field whilst also gaining an insight into what it's like to study Physics at a university level. Places are limited and this event is being hosted on a first-come-first-serve basis and is only for TY students.

To Register, click on the link below:

Register Here

To see what else is on offer in UCD please go to UCD Transition Year

If you have any questions, please email


RCSI Transition Year MiniMed Programme 28th February – 4th March 2022


A reminder to all TY students who may be interested in a career as a healthcare professional.

The RCSI Transition Year MiniMed programme takes place annually in RCSI Dublin and RCSI Waterford and offers Transition Year students the opportunity to experience what it is like to train and work as a healthcare professional.  

In February 2021, RCSI hosted an exciting virtual programme. The 2022 programme will again be virtual and will take place from Monday 28th February to Friday 4th March. The programme is open to all Transition Year students to take part.

For further information click  HERE

All sections of the programme are carried out by leading professionals in their respective areas with a wide variety of topics – including general practice, heart surgery, pathology, paediatrics, forensic medicine, transplants, obstetrics and gynaecology, pharmacy and physiotherapy being covered during the programme.

Registration for the 2022 programme is now open – please click  HERE

Parents/Guardians must complete the application.


STEPS 'Engineer Your Future' Programme 2022


Engineers Ireland have made several courses available to Transition Year students as part of the STEPS EYF Programme 2022. Information about these courses and applications forms are available by clicking HERE

PLEASE NOTE that places will fill up very quickly so if you wish to participate, please complete the application process this week.


RCSI Mini-Science Programme.  STEM & Biomedical Research - 1st & 2nd February 2022


The Royal College of Surgeons In Ireland is hosting a virtual Mini Science Programme for all students who are interested in STEM and/Biomedical Research opportunities on the 1st & 2nd Feb .

Info for all TY Students and their Parents/Guardians

The students will get a taste of working as a scientist, as well as advice on the CAO system, talks from chemists, physicists and biomedical scientists and advice on STEM opportunities/courses in Ireland. Please see the link below for more information on the programme that is run each year. This year more students can avail of the programme, due to it being virtual.

Interested students should fill out the application form and send back to by the 29th November 2021, if they would like to join in on the programme virtually.

For more information check out the following website  Further Information

Application Form

If you wish to sign up for this programme please do so and confirm with Ms Early via email when you have received a place on the programme.


CAO Portal Opens for Applications Today

CAO opens for applications for 2022 today (Friday Nov 5th) at 12 noon.

Early application for students who wish to apply for Medicine is advised.  Discounted application rate available until Jan 20th at 5.15pm.  Should you require any advice or have any questions please contact Ms O'Malley (Guidance Counsellor) at

Please click on the link below for more information:

Central Applications Office





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