Ciaran FitzGerald - Former Irish and Lions Rugby Captain - Parent
'I can highly recommend www.CareerGuidance.ie after a very positive personal experience involving both my son and my daughter and an excellent experienced practitioner. I am happy to say that his advice and direction has been successful in both cases and my only regret is that I did not make contact with him earlier in their careers.'
Wayne Costello - Age 38
'On enquiry I was asked about my credentials and on a review of same I was put in touch with an appropriate and very experienced and professional practitioner who gave me sound, objective and practical advice on where my career could be progressed and methods to achieve same. I highly recommend the site and the practitioners affiliated.'
* All registered Guidance Practitioners on CareerGuidance.ie will hold a minimum Post Graduate or Master's Qualification in Career Guidance (or a closely related course title) from an Irish or a British University. They will also hold an Undergraduate Degree, most will also hold a Teaching Post Grad and have also passed the British Psychometric Society Level A Exam (BPS Level A).
The PROCESS INVOLVED IS:
The process involved in making an appointment nationwide to see a career guidance practitioner nationwide is:
You MUST first fill out the "Make Appointment" booking form below. This is a compulsory requirement in order to get an understanding of your background and enquiry, so that we can allocate the most appropriate guidance professional. It also provides the career guidance practitioner with pre-information about you and thus will be better prepared when they meet you.
A representative from the CareerGuidance.ie team will then email you with reaffirmed pricing options and locations of the guidance practitioners in and around your area of residence or work (as you prefer). You can get a quotation immediately using the booking form below and get a synopsis of the guidance practitioner's credentials and experience. The going rate around the country is between 50 and 60 euros per hour and a typical session is from one to two hours. If cost is an issue you can stipulate the duration you would like.
All Guidance Practitioners are fully qualified with a primary degree and a Post Graduate qualification in Career Guidance or equivalent. Most guidance practitioners are members of the Institute of Guidance Practitioners (IGC).
It is difficult to document every career guidance practitioner's process as each has their own methods of working. They will have an open conversation with you and give you an independent assessment, concentrate on your strengths and your aptitudes and build a career plan around them, usually involving re-skilling. Not every session is the same. It is a difficult process to document. See the home page for a video of the career guidance process.
Are Interest Tests included? This depends on the practitioner, the client and the circumstance of the career query. Usually they are not required, however all practitioners are equipped to deliver and interpret psychometric and interest tests.
What should you bring to the appointment? A pen, a pad and an open mind! To be sure, ask the guidance practitioner when making arrangement to meet.
The meeting point for guidance practitioners can be varied depending on the career guidance practitioner, you may meet at the career guidance practitioner home office, at his/her place of work (eg secondary school, university), a hotel lobby, a coffee shop, in a business centre or at your home. The meeting place will be set by the career guidance practitioner and you.
If you agree to the rate and location of the career guidance practitioner, you must then pay CareerGuidance.ie a booking fee of 15 euro which will confirm that you will turn up and meet the career guidance practitioner. This fee is to avoid no-shows, which inconveniences the career guidance practitioner and waste his/her research time.
There are other reasons for the booking fee, as in: ensuring the guidance counsellors qualifications, customer feedback and process management, the cost of maintaining the website and the merchant online costs. The 15 euro booking fee is non-refundable. This pricing method and process model is the fairest possible, if you have any suggestions as to improve the process please email firstname.lastname@example.org - we are always open to improvements.
Booking Fees can be securely paid using your debit or credit card with the help of Stripe or PayPal, see the CareerGuidance.ie Booking Fee Payment Link - select the Career Guidance Appointment checkbox and follow the steps.
Please note, the 15 euro make an appointment booking fee is completely separate to the rates charged by the career guidance practitioner.
Once the booking fee is paid online an automated email confirming the purchase is sent to your email account. A mail is also sent to the assigned career guidance practitioner and the client is copied on that mail. The career guidance practitioner then logs onto his/her account and will pick up your details and your completed form.
A text message is also sent to the career guidance practitioner's mobile phone informing him or her that an appointment from CareerGuidance.ie is in the guidance practitioner's inbox.
The guidance practitioner will then make arrangements (via email or phone communication) to meet as soon as possibly convenient for both the career guidance practitioner and you. Most sessions are made in the evening and over weekends. Whatever suits you and the guidance practitioner.
If you pay the booking fee and agree to the guidance practitioner's rate, all transactions after the booking fee are between the career guidance practitioner and you. Payment to the guidance practitioner is usually in the form of cash.
Finally, approximately four weeks after the booking fee is paid a feedback email is sent to your inbox. It is vitally important that customer feedback is received in order to maintain the standards of the career guidance practitioners.
See an example screenshot of feedback below, scores out of 5:
From: www.careerguidance.ie [mailto:www.careerguidance.ie]
Sent: 18 June 2010 20:00
Subject: Questionnair Customer Feedback
New Questionnaire Customer Feedback. Details are as below:
|Name of Guidance Practitioner:||Guidance Practitioner|
|Structure of the guidance session:||4|
|Educational knowledge of the practitioner:||5|
|Employment knowledge of the practitioner:||5|
|Understanding of your aptitudes:||5|
|Career Guidance provided:||5|
|Would you recommend this practitioner:||Yes|
|Can CareerGuidance.ie team contact you directly:||Yes|
The CareerGuidance.ie Team
All communications between you and your career guidance practitioner will be held in confidence and will not, except under the circumstances explained below, be disclosed to anyone.
In situations involving danger and/or risk of imminent harm to yourself or specifically identified others, your practitioner is legally required to disclose certain information in order to protect you and/or others.