While staying informed about every possible career path and course in the ever-changing computer science field can be challenging, utilizing these resources below will help you remain up-to-date and provide informed guidance to your students.

Guidance Counsellors need to have a basic understanding of computer science in order to provide informed guidance to students who are interested in pursuing a career in this field.

Here are a few key things that guidance counsellors should know about computer science:

Overview of the field: Guidance Counsellors should have a general understanding of what computer science is, what types of jobs are available in this field, and what skills and knowledge are required to be successful in these careers.

Career prospects: It is important for guidance counsellors to know about the job market for computer science careers, including the demand for professionals with these skills and the types of companies and industries that hire computer scientists.

Education requirements: Guidance counsellors should be aware of the educational requirements for computer science careers, including the types of degrees and certifications that are needed, as well as any relevant experience that may be required.

Relevant skills: Knowing the key skills and abilities that are important for success in computer science careers, such as programming, critical thinking, and problem solving, can help guidance counsellors advise students on the best way to prepare for a career in this field.

Current trends: Finally, guidance counsellors should have a general understanding of current trends and developments in the field of computer science, including emerging technologies and the types of projects and initiatives that are currently underway in this field.

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Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is an opportunity to earn a salary as an employee while gaining valuable knowledge and skills. You will learn both on-the-job and in a college setting while being paid throughout.

There are three ICT apprenticeships for school leavers, they are:
Each of these apprenticeships lead to a QQI qualification on the NFQ and enable you to work and develop your career. To become a tech apprentice, you have a Leaving Certificate with pass grades in at least five Ordinary level subjects (including Maths and English) or a 06/H7 or higher in the Leaving Certificate in five or more subjects. Leaving Certificate Computer Science is an excellent subject for this course and career path.
Tech companies recruit apprentices for the 2-year apprenticeship training programmes in software development, network engineering and cybersecurity leading to an L6 QQI Advanced Certificate.

To become a telecommunication and data network technician you do a two-year apprenticeship, leading to a QQI Level 6 Higher Certificate in Telecommunications and Data Network Engineering.

Read about this apprenticeship here.

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Read Alina’s story about her software development apprenticeship and Dawn’s story about her network engineer apprenticeship.

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