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Career Guidance is a developmental process, proper guidance helps clients achieve their goals, equipping them with the necessary knowledge, skills and values to make informed decisions. We need career guidance so that we can analyze our aptitude, values, and interests and map it with the career goals and aspirations. Career guidance gives ideas about choices we would like to make about our career and education.

Compelling facts:

Here are some key points worth noting around the cost of a poor decision;

  1. 75% of students complete their course
  2. Dropout rate in 3rd level is 16% in first year across our seven universities.
  3. More alarmingly the figure for Level 6 or 7 courses is 26%.
  4. Non- progression rates are highest for courses in construction studies 28%, engineering and computer science and lowest for teaching at 4%
  5. There is a direct correlation of dropout rates to leaving certificate results.
  6. A recent study as to ‘Why Students Leave’ 3rd level education in Ireland (by Niamh Moore-Cherry, Elaine Burroughs and Suzanne Quin), have identified 5 core themes – course, personal, financial, medical and health. Course having the strongest influence.
  7. Cost of going to college is quoted as approximately €7000 per student if they stay at home, and approximately €12,000 if away from home per annum. The Student Contribution being the dominant expense and has risen to €3000. This averages out €580 to €1000 per month.
  8. Tuition fees are covered, once you meet the criteria, and once you undertake a full-time undergraduate course and progress. If you have to repeat first year or any other year due to failing exam(s) or changing course ( certified serious illness maybe waived) you have the added cost of tuition fees. This can be anything up to €9,000 depending on the course and what has to be repeated.
  9. Grinds are an investment students make to help towards improving their grades; costs vary averaging €20/€30. You could spend €500+ per subject and yet this is only to improve your points to maximise your options. This investment is limited without adequate consideration into how to put those hard earned points to best use.
  10. There are other costs to consider if you make a poor career decision such as the emotional costs. If you pick a course you do not like, you are less likely to study, your grades will be sub-standard and you may fail. Failure leads to a sense of feeling lost, mismatched, and not fulfilling your potential. This could influence your mental health, your relationships and future decisions. Levels of reported severe anxiety in young adults (aged 18-25) is 26%

Investing in Synergy Careers Service will help maximise your chance of finding the best-fit course/career for you.

The knock–on effect will be

  • Increased self awareness and clarity that will result in confident decision making

  • Guided to make responsible and thorough decisions which will empower you and give a much improved sense of wellbeing
  • Drastically reducing the risk of dropout and dealing with the resulting financial burden
  • Improving your focus and in turn maximising your exam success

  • Be attractive to employers

Why do we need Career Guidance?