Portumna Community School Career Guidance

The Guidance Programme in our school Involves looking after the Career, Educational and Social/Personal needs of all students.

Click here for PCS Career Guidance website.

Career needs

Helps students become aware of themselves and career interests, this is facilitated through:

  • Timetabled classes
  • Individual consultation with students and parents
  • Personal profiling
  • Completion of aptitude tests and interest inventories
  • Career investigation
  • Work experience
  • Career exhibitions/ open days/ taster programmes
  • Guest Speakers

Educational need

Helps students with issues such as:

  • Subject choice
  • Subject level
  • Advice on programme advancement
  • Advice on progression beyond second level education
  • Exam preparation
  • Stress management
  • Mindfulness

This is facilitated through:

  • Timetabled classes
  • Individual appointment
  • Relevant outside agencies

Social/ Personal needs

Facilitated through:

  • Help students become integrated into second level
  • Help with the various transitions in a young person’s life
  • Help students to cope with any problems or pressures they may be experiencing
  • Group work
  • Individual consultation and counselling with Chaplain and Guidance Counsellor
  • SPHE and Guidance Classes
  • Appropriate contact with relevant outside agencies


Useful Links

  •  This is the website of the Central Applications Office and for those intending to apply to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) the information on the CAO website should be carefully considered.
  •  A very useful careers website with a number of resources for students.
  •  This is another useful careers website.
  •  This website outlines how specific applicants to the CAO may avail of the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) or the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE). Both of these schemes are aimed at increasing participation rate in Higher Education.
  •  This outlines what financial assistance is available re grants etc.
  •  This is the website for those who intend to apply to colleges in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
  •  University College Dublin
  •  Atlantic Technological University is a multi-campus Technological University in the west and northwest of Ireland
  •  University of Limerick