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

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. 

In Career Interview #16 we meet Stephen Carson who studied law, became a barrister and is now a partner at A&L Goodbody London. He speaks about his career journey and imparts fantastic advice for anyone considering a career in this area. 

Stephen Carson from Maire Hynes on Vimeo.



Laura Bonner is an entrepreneur. This is her inspirational career story to date. 



Michelle Moriarty Sleator works as a midwife at Sligo University Hospital. Listen to her advice about this challenging but very rewarding career. 



If you’re considering a career in law then listen to this in-depth interview for some really practical advice. Ciaran Tansey is a partner at Damien Tansey Solicitors.


CAREER INTERVIEW #20 from Maire Hynes on Vimeo.


Niall Carson is Head of Sales for UK & Irl for Free Now formerly MyTaxi. 



Shane Considine is a Urology Specialist Registrar at St.James’s Hospital, Dublin. This is his career story to date about pursuing a career in medicine. 


Andrea Gilligan is a broadcast journalist with Newstalk Radio. If you’re considering a career in media, listen to her expert advice.  



Kate Feeney studied Arts and is a tax consultant. She is also heavily involved in politics and is a FF Councillor for Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown in Co.Dublin.


USI (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.


 DCU student ambassadors are answering questions daily from 2-3pm about any course related questions you would like answered.
There is a dedicated DCU homepage to incoming students for the next six weeks. It now provides easy access to the CAO Hub: providing regular updates on DCU courses, FAQs, student podcasts, blogs and other relevant information.
DCU 3-day virtual open days will take place June 17th-19th. This will include live demonstrations to show prospective students how they can connect with their new classmates via break out rooms and interactive quizzes led by our lecturers. Full information is available

Maynooth University – Engineering Maths Exam Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for the Maynooth University Engineering Maths Exam for 2020.
This exam is a great opportunity for Leaving Cert students to secure the required H4 Maths for the MH304 Electronic Engineering Course in Maynooth University.
See what Jessica who used this entry route had to say about the exam; Like any 6th year student heading to college I had no idea what I wanted to study. All I knew for certain was that I liked math and I enjoyed solving problems. Therefore, I put engineering and computer science down on my CAO. As it turned out my worst nightmare came true, I let myself down in my Leaving Cert. I was made aware after my results about an exam Maynooth University offered to study Electronic Engineering. It was my saving grace as rather than repeating my Leaving Cert, I had this second chance to keep progressing. Needless to say I aced it, I am now on my way to graduating with a ME in Electronic Engineering in 2021! – Jessica Cullen, current MH304 Electronic Engineering Student

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the MU Admissions Office on web chat on or email on

Applications can sign up here:

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


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