Departmental Aims

The aim of the Careers Department in Dominican College is to prepare our pupils to make informed decisions about their future; to have the knowledge, skills, information and experience which enable them to identify career options and approach life choices with confidence and ambition.

 

We have a very proactive and forward-thinking Careers Department which begins by exploring career paths and local Labour Market Information (LMI) in the Junior School.  We support pupils to develop a personalised career plan and to develop an understanding of career management in Years 11 & 12.  In Sixth-Form, the pupils are encouraged to use the resources available in the Careers Library during their free time.  There is a dedicated Sixth-Form area and a team of teachers who are able to help and advise the girls.

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Staff

Miss F Vallely (HOD)

Mrs A Toal

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Key Stage 3

Year 8

Key Topics Covered:

 

  • Introduction to CEIAG

  • Personal Career Planning and goal setting

  • LMI; including STEAM

 

Year 9

Key Topics Covered:

 

  • Development of Career Management

  • Personal Career Planning

  • LMI; including STEAM

 

Year 10

 

Key Topics Covered:

 

  • Career Management

  • Personal Career Planning

  • LMI; including STEAM

  • Decision-making for Key Stage 4 and beyond

In addition:

  • A GCSE Options Day is held in March.

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Key Stage 4

Year 11

 

Key Topics Covered:

 

  • Personal Career Planning

  • Presentation skills

  • Stereotyping

  • Interview Skills

  • LMI; including STEAM

Year 12

 

Key Topics Covered:

 

  • Personal Career Planning

  • Writing Personal Statements

  • LMI; including STEAM

  • Post-16 decision making

  • Preparation for Work Experience

 

In addition:

  • One-to-one Careers Interviews with the Careers Service NI.

  • An Options Day held in March.

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Key Stage 5

Year 13

 

Key Topics Covered:

 

  • Work Experience

  • Personal Career Planning

  • LMI

  • Summer programmes

  • Widening participation schemes

  • Talks from guest speakers

  • Interview Skills

Year 14

 

Key Topics Covered:

 

  • Post-18 Applications

  • Career Management

  • Financial Management

  • LMI

  • Interview Skills

  • Attendance at open days for universities & higher education institutions

 

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Activities

Sample Calendar of Events