Aisling ConatyNorthern Ireland

My CEIAG Department which I have been leading since Sept 2005 has won the Irish News Careers Inspiration WEA Award in 2014, 2015 and 2017. I also received “highly Commended” in the 2016 Entrepreneurial Spirit WEA Irish News Award. Receiving all of the awards has been a wonderful recognition of the work that the Careers team at St Cecilia’s College do, CEIAG is embedded throughout St Cecilia’s College. I am proud of the tremendous engagement of our students in a diversity of entrepreneurial learning opportunities. It is great that my work and the work of my team is recognised regionally with the Irish News thus inspiring our pupils to Aspire, Endeavour and Achieve. I co-ordinate a whole school approach to Careers at St Cecilia’s College, careers education is delivered to all pupils in Yr8 -Yr. 14. I liaise with senior leadership team and other subject leaders to plan careers education within the curriculum. I carry out 1:1 careers interviews with all pupils in Yr. 10, Yr. 13 and Yr. 14. I liaise regularly with our CSNI careers advisor with regards to pupils in Yr. 12. I provide professional, impartial careers advice and guidance to all pupils. I manage an effective CEIAG department which provides a comprehensive programme of activities for pupils to develop their employability skills and make informed career choices.

Last year alone we had over 186 events for our pupils to attend. Examples of Work- Related learning for our pupils to develop their employability skills, raise awareness of Career knowledge and LMI are our Careers Weeks such as Entrepreneur’s Week, STEAM Week, TECH Week, National Careers Week.

I am also an active member of Careers Teachers’ Forums (Foyle Learning Community and Ulster University. (2009 – ongoing). These forums were set up to strengthen and develop relationships between the University and schools, colleges and parents for the benefit of all key stakeholders. This partnership ensures that our pupils have access through our careers manager to the most up to date information related to the university and future labour market data.