Guidance. Breda F. Donohoe. Presentation Secondary School
three groups of Transition Years, each with one period weekly.
I take class with each of the groups in one of the computer
rooms. Transition years are a mixed ability group.
consists of the following:
introduction on the elements involved in making a mature vocational
decision with reference to the work-experience that students
will undertake whilst in Transition Year.
do many of the tests in the DATS following which they present
a short report done with Microsoft Word on the implications
of the results for their career choice.
do a values survey from "Career Choices", by Bingham, M. &
Stryker, S. Academic Innovations. Santa Barbara. 1990. They
then do a short report on the implications of same for their
career choice, again on Microsoft Word.
take the computer-based career's test; "Career Directions".
This is a worthwhile test and students take to it with interest.
They follow this up with research on college courses from
pupils have been contacted and asked to forward their hot-mail
addresses from various colleges. The objective of this exercise
is that present students can write to them via the Internet
and ask questions about course content, accommodation and
on life in college in general. These hot-mail addresses are
available to Transition Years who are encouraged as part of
their research into careers to access these hot-mail addresses.
The advantage of this is that students from Kilkenny and from
our school in particular will identify with other students
that have gone before them. This compliments information that
can be got in college web sites and in college manuals.
they are satisfied with their research, they will be expected
to come up with a career on which they will focus. They will
then present a project summing up their research. This can
take the form of a Microsoft Word Document or a PowerPoint