Career Guidance Counselling Services And Study Skills Videos & Information

We are pleased to announce that appointments are now available both ONSITE at The Carlow Academy, 134 Tullow Street or ONLINE in the comfort and safety of your own home from anywhere in Ireland; so you can decide what’s the best option for you 🙂

Full list of services available at ‘The Carlow Academy’ by our Career Guidance Counsellor ExpertMr Eoin Houlihan’  

Eoin explains step by step what exactly he offers students who attend his Career Guidance Counselling Sessions in both videos



CAO last day reminders for 1st February


Confused, uncertain, fearful of the year ahead and the choices that you are facing.  Look no further than The Carlow Academy.  From September you have the opportunity to participate in a One-to-One and/or a group Guidance workshop in the Academy. 

Whether it is a job, an apprenticeship, a Post Leaving Certificate Course or a University degree that you are looking to pursue, then it is worth coming and talking to a professional about your options.

This is an opportunity to talk to an experienced Guidance Counsellor about the myriad of opportunities that are available to you.  

Subject Options advice for 3rd & 4th years [+ incoming 1st years]

The following workshops are aimed at Senior Cycle students with an emphasis on:

  • Helping TY students identify their strengths and weaknesses, assess the value of their work experience and make an informed decision regarding subject choice;
  • Helping 5th years set identifiable targets and goals;
  • Helping 6th years with motivation, staying focused, CAO and further educational choices, dealing with transition to third level, staying resilient, and career planning.

 There are also workshops aimed at Junior Cycle students with an emphasis on:

  • Helping 3rd years identify their strengths and weaknesses and make an informed decision regarding subject choice
  • Helping Junior Cycle students study and prepare for exams in the most effective way that suits by helping them to identify their learning style i.e. visual, auditory and/or kinesthetic.

There are also summer workshops aimed at 6th class pupils/1st year students with an emphasis on:

  • Helping 6th class pupils with dealing with the transition to second level education, staying resilient, and helping them to become focused from the start of their new journey into secondary school. This will take place the same week as the planned Irish, Maths & French summer camp. 

Eoin is a qualified Guidance Counsellor and wants to offer a workshop that suits you 

Three types of exclusive tailored made workshops are available @ The Carlow Academy:

  1. One-to-One:  An opportunity to speak to Eoin on a 1-1 basis over a 2 hour period

Evaluate your abilities with

  • Multiple intelligence assessments
  • Personal profile to explore talents, skills, interests and your experiences

And get expert 

  • Career Guidance 
  • Feedback and options explored

2. Group Guidance Workshop: This will be a workshop with a maximum of six students per workshop over a 2 hour period.  You will have an opportunity to explore the various options open to you after the Leaving Certificate;

Evaluate your abilities with

  • Multiple intelligence assessments
  • Personal profile to explore talents, skills, interests and your experiences

And get expert 

  • Career Guidance 
  • Feedback and options explored
  1. Group Guidance Programme and One-to-One Guidance Programme:  This is a 4 x 2 hour workshop programme that is run over the course of a year.  Here students, maximum of eight per workshop, will have the opportunity to explore in a more in-depth way their strengths and weaknesses and begin researching further educational courses as well as career path options available to them.  This can also be done on a one-to-one basis. 
  2. Evaluate your abilities with
    • Career planning and research
  • Multiple intelligence assessments
  • Aptitudes
  • Career skills 
  • Enterprise skills
  • Personal profile to explore talents, skills, interests and your experiences
  • Career Awareness
  • Study Performance
  • World of Education
    • CAO / College / University / PLC / UCAS / Foreign University advice 
  • World of Work
    • Interview prep / Career sectors / apprenticeships / CVs 
  • And get expert Career Guidance 
  • Feedback and options explored

VERY IMPORTANT: Students are asked to bring their own laptop or another digital device, phones are not ideal for accessing some of the websites and resources used.  

Other exclusive  workshops available at ‘The Carlow Academy’

  1. Study Skills:  Study and knowing how to is an important aspect of school life, particularly for 3rd and 6th year students.  Everyone studies differently.  In these workshops students will explore the study technique that suits their individual learning and subjects.
  2. CAO, PLC & Apprenticeships:  This can be a daunting experience for students and parents alike.  Understanding the process and giving yourself plenty of options is crucial.  In these workshops aimed at students and parents, the various options available to students after they have completed the Leaving Certificate is explained in a simple way.  
  3. Wellbeing:  School and life can be a very stressful time for students.  Finding the time to relax and take time out can be challenging but not impossible.  In these one hour group workshops explore the power of relaxation, meditation and personal reflection to help manage any stresses and anxieties you may have. 
  4. CV & Interview Preparation:  Your CV is the first introduction a potential employer or PLC college will get of you.  It’s important to impress so that you will have an opportunity of an interview.  In this workshop students will explore how to write their own CV as well as learning some interview techniques and etiquette. 

Eoin would be delighted to assist your son or daughter in any way that he possibly can in relation to any of his programmes and workshops listed above. 

So please contact us and we will arrange an appointment at your earliest convenience as per your needs and selected programme(s). 

We look forward to hearing from you. 

The Carlow Academy team  

Useful Career Guidance Links

WebsiteDescription University of Ireland Exams Commission – of Education and Skills – Quality and Qualifications Ireland (includes FETAC) – Universities & Colleges Admissions Service for the UK. – Association for Higher Education Access and Disability Universal Support Ireland – SUSI – An Initiative of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) of Guidance Counsellors – The National Adult Learning Organisation Careers Centre (managed by An Bord Altranais) Council Applications Centre (PAC) Framework of Qualifications and Education News Ireland – The Science, Engineering and Technology Programme for Schools – Ireland’s official education web site. Centre for Technology in Education (NCTE)– established under the aegis of the Department of Education and Science.– This new centre has a wide remit in the area of information and communications technologies (ICTs) and education. Futures is an information resource for careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for students, parents, teachers and guidance counsellors.Managed by the government agency, Science Foundation Ireland.
America – Colleges BoardThe College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. It was created to expand access to higher education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.
America – Graduate SchoolsThe Education Index at is a comprehensive and informative resource that systematically sorts out the available undergraduate and graduate programs available today in the U.S. 
America – Study in the USThe Education USA service, which is based in the Fulbright Commission, is Ireland’s primary and official source of information on educational opportunities in the US. It aims to provide accurate, unbiased information about all accredited US higher educational institutions.
Australia – Study OptionsStudy Options is a free advice and application support service for people looking to study in Australia and New Zealand. They are the official UK and Irish representative of Australian and New Zealand universities.
Australia – Study in AustraliaThis is the official Australian Government website for international students. Use this site to search for courses, institutions and scholarships, read about studying and living in Australia.
Australia – My FutureMy future is Australia’s national career information and exploration service, helping people to make career decisions, plan career pathways and manage work transitions. 
Central Europe – IMSInternational Medicine Studies (IMS) provides recruitment and support services to international students. IMS specializes in placing foreign students in Veterinary Medicine, Medical, Dentistry, and Pharmaceutical programmes (taught in English) at European accredited universities.
Denmark – Study in DenmarkThe rules for studying in Europe vary from country to country and can be dependent upon where you come from. To help to try and answer students’ questions about studying in Europe, has written a series of European country Study Guides. The Study in Denmark guide has plenty of useful information and facts about studying in Denmark.
Euraxess IrelandEURAXES is part of an initiative involving both the European Commision and countries participating in the European Union’s Framework Programmes for Research. The EURAXESS Services Centre helps researchers and their family to plan and organise their move to a foreign country, providing help in all matters related to mobility. All services of the EURAXESS Network are free. EURAXESS Ireland provides free advice and guidance to researchers moving to or from Ireland to develop their research career. 
European University Central Application Suppport Service – EUNICASEunicas is an independent application support service. It has been set up to assist the growing numbers of UK and Irish students who are unable to access their preferred university course at home. It also helps students whose main objective is to study abroad. The website has information on over 240 universities across Continental Europe which offer over 850 degree programmes that are delivered through the English language. A number of these programmes are offered in leading European Universities. Entry requirements in many European universities are generally lower than those for Irish (and UK universities. Many of the courses do not have any tuition fees while others charge considerably less than the registration fees charged at Irish Universities.
EuroguidanceEuroguidance is a European network of national resource and information centres for guidance. Euroguidance promotes mobility, helping guidance counsellors and individuals to better understand the opportunities available to European citizens throughout Europe. Euroguidance centres operate in about 34 countries.
EuropassEuropass is an initiative which aims to help people make their skills and qualifications clearly and easily understood in Europe, thus facilitating the mobility of both learners and workers. The Europass documents have been designed in such a way as to help people chronicle their skills and competences in a coherent manner, whether they are planning to enroll in an education or training programme, looking for a job, or getting experience abroad.
European Qualifications Framework – EQFThe European Qualifications Framework (EQF) is a European-wide qualifications framework which joins the qualifications of different EU members together. In a way, it is a translation of different national qualifications, which makes qualifications in different EU countries easier to understand. The EQF aims to facilitate mobility of students and workers within the EU in order to encourage development of a mobile and flexible workforce throughout Europe and to help develop lifelong learning.
Finland – Discover FinlandWhether you are planning to do studies, practical training, or a youth exchange in Finland, this site gives you all the information that you need to get started.
France – Campus FranceCampus France Agency is a public institution (EPIC) in charge of promoting higher education and managing the reception and international mobility of students, researchers, experts and guests
France – CNOUSCNOUS aims to improve students’ lives in many ways, including food services, housing, grants, social and cultural activities, and international mobility.
France – Study in FranceCampus France’s catalogue of postsecondary programmes taught in English. It includes nearly 700 programs designed for English-speaking students.
Holland – nufficNuffic is the Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education.
Hungary – AvicennaAvicenna is one of the most prestigious colleges in Europe. It has helped more than 3000 students to get into the university of their choice. It offers preparatory programs, which not only teach students the core subjects expected at the entrance examinations, but also introduces them to the main topics which will be dealt with during their university studies. 
Hungary – Study in HungaryInformation about courses through English in the fields of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science and Physiotherapy, Psychology, Basic Liberal Art Studies and various disciplines of Health Care available in Hungary. 
Irish representative: Dr Timothy O’Leary Phone: 028 28 197 
E-mail: [email protected] 
Address: Fastnet View House, Gubben, Schull, Co.Cork 
Hungary – University of Debrecen Medical SchoolThe University of Debrecen in Hungary is becoming increasingly popular with international students as they discover its high-quality education, recognition of its degrees and affordable university tuition fees and living expenses. Courses include Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacology, Public Health, Physiotherapy. 
Italy – Study in ItalyStudy in Italy is a valuable information tool for students wishing to attend higher education (H.Ed.) programmes in Italy, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Latvia StudyThe international student guide to education and study in Latvia. is an independent service for anyone looking to study postgraduate programmes abroad.
New ZealandStudy Options is a free, independent, expert service for anyone looking to study in Australia or New Zealand.
PloteusPLOTEUS aims to help students, job seekers, workers, parents, guidance counsellors and teachers to find out information about studying in Europe.
Poland – Education in PolandInformation on programmes in Polish universities taught in English.
PromoDocPromoDoc is a project funded by the European Commission which focuses on the promotion of european higher education at the doctoral level. 
ScotlandInformation on universities, courses, funding and fees in Scotland.
Spain – Find a CollegeThis website will help you make informed decisions about studying in Spain. Information on universities, postgraduate studies and undergraduate degrees, tuition fees, language, financial assistance etc.
Studying in Europe, Euroguidance A network of centres linking together the Careers Guidance systems in Europe. euroguidance promotes mobility, helping guidance counsellors and individuals to better understand the opportunities available to European citizens throughout Europe.
UK – Comparing Qualifications in the UK and Ireland A guide to comparing qualifications in the UK and Ireland.
UK – Courses and Colleges The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. Everything you need to know about studying in the UK and Northern Ireland.
UK – Studying in the UKInformation including Northern Ireland on studying in the UK.