Saturday 10 December 2016

School students need more career guidance

Published 16/05/2016 | 02:30

'Over the years of cutbacks since 2010, career guidance and counselling of students took more than its share of austerity and cuts. It is young people from poorer backgrounds, or in difficult family settings, who are most vulnerable.' (Stock photo)
'Over the years of cutbacks since 2010, career guidance and counselling of students took more than its share of austerity and cuts. It is young people from poorer backgrounds, or in difficult family settings, who are most vulnerable.' (Stock photo)

More than one in seven students beginning third-level courses this autumn will leave within their first year. It is traumatic for the individual student and their families as career dreams never even get to the starting gate.

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It is also costly for the taxpayer and a big waste of scarce educational resources. While a certain amount of wastage at this level is inevitable, there is utterly no need for the proportion of drop-outs to be so high.

Much of the problem is caused by poor or sometimes even non-existent career advice from guidance counsellors. We live in a world where career opportunities are continually expanding.

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