Career Guidance

Please click here for the Terenure College Guidance Counselling Site

Our Guidance Counsellor Ms. Emer Aherne offers a supportive role to aid students in making informed personal, educational and careers decisions. She works out of our designated Career Guidance Centre on the ground floor. The centre is open to all students with both computer and library facilities.

Ms. Aherne offers both a one-to- one counselling service as well as assistance to students regarding their post secondary school options such as CAO application, advice on third level opportunities, apprenticeships/PLC options and the world of work.

One of the most important decisions students will make is that of career choice. Throughout the year Ms. Aherne carries out various assessments such as the Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4) with first years and  Cambridge Occupational Analyst Eirquest Interest and Aptitude Test in Transition Year  to aid with subject choice. The answers produce a workbook covering a broad range of careers areas. The students then carry out research on different career areas along with their work experience as part of their TY e-portfolio. The purpose of guidance and counselling in the college is to empower each student to get to know his Abilities, Skills, Talents, Interests and Values so that when he reaches his final year he will be able to choose a course and plan a career that suits his abilities and needs.

Study Skills Seminars, Terenure College Careers Fair, Campus Tours of Universities and trips to Career Events take place in both Fifth and Sixth Year.

Please click here for the Terenure College Guidance Counselling Site

Please click here to download Guidance Policy 2019 for Terenure College

Please click here to download Career Study Guide (2019)

Please click here to download the Leaving Certificate Subject Choice Information 2021 (4th to 5th Year)



The Career Guidance Centre is open to all students with Computer and Library facilities.

Career Guidance Dates 2020/2021:

Wednesday, November 4th & 5th - Higher Options 2020 online (2 days)
Thursday, November 5th - CAO Online Application Facility Opens
Saturday, November 7th - Trinity College Virtual Open Day
Saturday, November 14th - UCD Virtual Open Day
Friday, November 20th - DCU Virtual Open Day (2 days)
Saturday, November 21st - IADT Virtual Open Day
Tuesday, November 24th - CAO Parents Online Information Evening
Wednesday, November 25th - NCAD Virtual Open Day
Thursday, November 26th - NUI Galway Online Information Evening
Friday, November 27th - Maynooth Virtual Open Day (2 Days)
Tuesday, December 1st - Dublin Business School Online Open Event
Friday, December 4th - TU Dublin Virtual Open Days (2 days)
Saturday, December 5th - NCI Virtual Open Day
Monday, February 1st - CAO 2021: Normal Closing Date for Applications

There are many websites designed to aid career choice: (nursing)

A useful source of information is The Careers library which has literature for the following careers available:

Engineering Nursing
Physics Sea
Biology Pilot
Computers Agriculture
Public Relations Landscape Gardening
Property Cookery
Arts Graduates Music
Business Sound Recording
Banking, Insurance, Finance Multi-Media/Gaming
Accounting Hotel Management
Law – Barrister and Solicitor Tourism
Architecture Acting and Drama
Journalism and Media Art &Design
Languages Primary Teaching
Army, Navy and Air Force Secondary Teaching
An Garda Síochána, Fire and Ambulance Social/Youth Work
Apprenticeships – FAS Theology/Religion
FETAC – The “Backdoor” links to courses

The Library also has literature on the following available:

Third Level Prospectuses

N.U.I Maynooth U.C.G
I.T Tallaght
I.T Blanchardstown
I.T Dundalk
I.T Cork
I.T Carlow
I.T Waterford
I.T Athlone
I.T Letterkenny
Galway/Mayo I.T
Sligo I.T
Limerick I.T
Tipperary Institute
N.CI (National College of Ireland) N.C.A.D
National Marine College
Shannon College of Hotel Management
A large number of UK Colleges


Post Leaving Certificate Courses:

Rathmines College of Further Education
College of Further Education Dundrum
Dundrum College
Collinstown Park Community College, Clondalkin
Ballsbridge College of Further Education
Ballyfermot College of Further Education
Deansrath Community College, Clondalkin
Greenhills College Walkinstown
St. Kevin’s College Crumlin
Crumlin College of Further Education
Pearse College of Further Education
Inchicore College of Further Education
Presentation College, Terenure
Liberties College
Marino College, Fairview