About our department
As Children prepare for the world of work, they are presented with formidable challenges, one of which is the important matter of considering career options. Carrickfergus College seeks to offer a broad, balanced and effective Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programme which helps young people make sound judgements based on current Labour Market Information (LMI) as well as on their own interests and aptitudes.
Careers Education provides our pupils with the challenge of considering career options when they leave school and beyond. This helps the young person to acquire the skills, attitudes and abilities they will need to develop in Adult life.
This is achieved in a number of ways:
- Pupils are interviewed at Key Transition Stages and given assistance with important choices such as GCSE Options
- Encouraging pupils to produce their own Personal Career Plan.
- Each pupil in Year 12 being interviewed by the Careers Officer and given help and assistance
- Every pupil in Year 11 and Year 13 is given the opportunity to have at least one week of work experience in a career of his or her own choice. After completing this week, a number of our pupils have obtained either part-time of full-time work.
- Careers conventions are held each year to enable pupils to speak to employers and representatives from Further Education Colleges. This helps them to plan their own career paths.
Careers Education is offered to all our pupils – through Education for Employability at Key Stage 3 and from Careers Classes in Year 11 upwards. Parental support and involvement is crucial in assisting young people with important career decisions. With guidance from teachers, careers officers and parents each pupil looks at their own starting point, decides what route they wish to take and what they need to do to achieve that goal. With this guidance and strategy pupils are in a much stronger position to choose the correct career.