Guidance Counselling and Career Guidance


Sligo Grammar School is very aware of the many challenges and difficulties our students face in their lives. The school offers in-house guidance counselling as well as co-ordinating with outside bodies such as Tusla and the HSE.  All students and their parents are encouraged to make use of these services if they feel they need to. 

Career Guidance is also offered to students on an on-going basis from Transition Year through to 6th Year. 

Activities, workshops, Lectures and Awareness Weeks are routinely held to support the mental, emotional and physical well-being of our students. Visits to Universities and Colleges as well as talks and workshops are part of the Career Guidance programme for the Senior School

Career interviews

Ms Mc  Guinness has interviewed some people about their career paths and hopes that their experiences may help our students choose careers for themselves. Listen to Mr Bryan Henry being interviewed  below.  


Career Interview: Bryan Henry from Maire Hynes on Vimeo.

In the video below, Ms McGuinness interviews Mr. Shane o’Boyle who works in Marketing.


Shane Boyle Marketing Interview(1) from Maire Hynes on Vimeo.

In the latest video Ms McGuinness interviews past pupil and vet, Kenneth Lipsett.

In the fourth in the series of Career interviews, Ms McGuinness talks to Emma Brennan about her work as a nutritionist. 

In the fifth career interview, Ms Mc Guinness talks to John Oloyede, past pupil, about his career in nursing. 

In her 6th interview Ms McGuinness talks to past pupil Alison Ring.

Ms McGuinness interviews Andrew Callaghan who works as an Occupational Therapist at Sligo University Hospital.

In the eighth Career interview Ms McGuinness talks to Sarah-Jane Lewis, past pupil and primary teacher. 

Career Interview #8 from Maire Hynes on Vimeo.

In this, the ninth in the series, Ms McGuinness talks to Oisín Harney who is a Cadet in the Irish Defence Forces. 

In the tenth Careers interview, Ms Mc Guinness talks to Jenni Molly who works in Sydney for PWC as a People and Organisation Consultant. This is her career story. 

 Career Interview #11. From banking to hospitality. Former SGS student and local Sligo restauranteur David Dunne talks about his diverse career path. 

Career interview #12

 Ms McGuinness talks to Ruth Wood-Martin who is Head of Nutrition with the IRFU

In Career Interview #13 Ms Mc Guinness talks to former SGS student Paddy Gavin who studied at Yale University in the USA . This is his career story since leaving school. 


Rebecca Marsden is a fashion designer. In this interview she charts her career to date from a PLC course – Degree – MA and beyond. 

From a career in Event Management to teaching. Phillippa Scott discusses her career journey and the importance of never being afraid to make a change. 



SUSI (student education grants) is now open to receive applications for the 2020/21 academic year. The process can be a little overwhelming, so, to help those who most need it, Classroom Guidance have created a 5 min video on “Student Grants in Ireland – How to Apply” It can be viewed here:



Due to the ongoing emergency regarding the Covid19 Pandemic, open days and information evenings in colleges and universities have gone on-line.

Below are some of the on-line events that are available to students.

Maynooth University’s Summer Virtual Open Day will take place on Saturday, 27th June 2020.
Registration is now live on


On-line Webinars for future students are HERE


IT Sligo will host a Virtual Open Week this week from 12th – 15th May.  Leaving Cert Students, parents and School Guidance Counsellors are invited to take part by visiting Find out all about IT Sligo, programmes and supports and discover our suite of brand new Engineering Honours degrees (level 8) and brand new Full Time Online programmes.


LYIT will host a series of Virtual Open Days next week Monday 18 to Friday 22 May, 2020. The link to LYIT’s Virtual Open Days is – Students can take a virtual tour of our campuses (tour below), live chat with academic staff, and find out more about student life on campus. Students can find out about student accommodation, read our student stories and chat with our Student Ambassadors. There are 5 LYIT Virtual Open Days taking place from Monday 18 to Friday 22 May and they are outlined by day below:

  • 2-4pm Monday 18 May: LYIT School of Tourism Virtual Open Day (Culinary Arts, Hospitality and Tourism)
  • 2-4pm Tuesday 19 May: LYIT School of Business Virtual Open Day (Business, Accounting, Law, Sport & Exercise, Business & Languages, Design and Creative Media)
  • 2-4pm Wednesday 20 May: LYIT School of Engineering Virtual Open Day (Electronic Engineering, Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Quantity Surveying, Fire Safety Engineering and Mechanical Engineering)
  • 2-4pm Thursday 21 May: LYIT School of Science Virtual Open  Day (Science, Nursing, Early Childhood Care, Vet. Nursing, Agriculture, Computing, Computer Science, Data Science with AI, Health Science Programmes – Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Dietetics, Health & Social Care and more)
  • 2-4pm Friday 22 May: LYIT Student Support Services, Student Accommodation, Student Life and Admissions Office Virtual Open Day
Event Date:     02 June 2020  – 05 June 2020
Location:               On-campus: UCD Belfield.
Event  Information:
Learn, explore, and experience University College Dublin by attending the 2020 Virtual Summer School.  If you are considering UCD for 2020 or 2021, join online from 2 – 5 June for some information packed, interactive webinars. Meet UCD lecturers and student ambassadors, ask questions and find out more about your chosen subject area.
Registration will open on 18th May 2020. If you wish to be kept informed and added to the UCD notification list please fill out the form on the UCD website.




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