April 10, 2024 | Case Study

Mayo, Sligo & Leitrim Education and Training Board and Galway & Roscommon Education and Training Board and MyCareerPath

MyCareerPath pilot programme with Mayo, Sligo & Leitrim Education and Training Board and Galway & Roscommon Education and Training Board.
Industry: Educational Training Board with Further Education Students
Keywords: Career Assessment, Career Learning Pathways, eLearning Courses, Career Guidance, 1-to-1 Career Mentoring, Further Education Opportunities, College Preparation

What We Did

1. Business Needs Assessment

Building confidence and empowering students to understand their abilities and capabilities to achieve their future goals and aspirations through career development and exploration of study programmes.

2. Planning Phase

Liaised with Career Guidance Counsellors/ Co-ordinators/ Guidance Information Officers to develop an understanding of how mycareerpath.ie could provide additional support and empower students to take the next steps in managing their careers.

3. Onboarding

Online information session with students on registration and preparation to meet their personal career and learning pathway advisor.

4. Engagement

Initial consultation with three further 1-2-1 mentoring sessions with their Career & Learning Pathway Advisor.

5. Evaluation & Outputs

Students were more familiar and confident around their education & training progression opportunities, with knowledge of job search strategies, interview techniques and CV building skills.

Summary

Mayo, Leitrim, Sligo Education Training Board (MSLETB) and Galway Roscommon Education Training Board (GRETB) piloted with mycareerpath.ie in a further and higher education collaboration to offer a structured four-stage programme to support and empower young adults. The program included personalised one-to-one career mentoring, skills development, career exploration, personal growth, and college readiness. Learners were provided with opportunities to develop skills relevant to their future careers, explore different career paths, identify their strengths and gain a better understanding of themselves. They also had the chance to build confidence, develop interview skills and set goals for themselves. Additionally, the program helped students identify progression opportunities, prepare for college applications and explore other education and training opportunities.

Step 1

Idea

Supporting MSLETB and GRETB for student preparation and succession into further study or training and/or preparation for the world of work.
Step 2

Process

A 4-stage mentored programme from career and learning pathway advisors.
Step 3

Goal

Develop skills, personal growth, college readiness, career exploration, and understand the importance of goal setting and the development of a career plan.

Input

Background

The Education and Training Boards in MSLETB and GRETB are responsible for the provision of education and training services in their regions. Their mission is to provide high-quality education and training opportunities that enable individuals to reach their full potential and to contribute to the economic and social development of the region.

The ETB’s provides further education and training services to individuals who wish to upskill, reskill or gain new qualifications up to the QQI Level 6. These services include adult literacy and numeracy classes, apprenticeships, and vocational training, in addition to community education services, which encompasses adult education courses and community development programmes.

They also provide a range of youth services, including youth clubs, youth information services, and supports for young people who are not in education, employment or training.

  • Provide 1-2-1 mentoring, assisting students in managing their careers and develop a better understanding of themselves.
  • Build confidence through career assessments, strengths profiling, and gaining a comprehensive understanding of their personality, strengths, interests and achievements.
  • Encourage students to be curious and innovative in understanding their abilities and capabilities to achieve their full potential.
  • Motivate students to continue to develop their skills and knowledge to support current and future personal aspirations and goals.
  • Assist students to recognise the need to be adaptable in achieving goals.
  • Guide students in exploring further education and training opportunities including employment options.

“The overall aim of this collaboration between Further and Higher Education MyCareerPath.ie was to support students in their skills development, career exploration, personal growth and college readiness. The intention was to empower students to plan their future career paths and work towards their goals.”

Chosen Pathways

Career and Learning Pathways

Students were introduced to the New Beginning Pathway

Career Pathways: Visit Our Pathways page fore more

Output from the Process

Employee Career Development Plan

  • 1-2-1 mentoring sessions with our Career Advisors help Students navigate the complex landscape of career planning and development
  • Students gain confidence in understanding the steps they need to take to achieve their goals, e.g. applying for programs of study or pursuing specific job opportunities
  • Students take an active role in their own self-development, and are more engaged and motivated in their own personal and professional growth
  • Students develop deeper self-awareness around their unique strengths, interests, preferences, goals, and aspirations enabling them to make informed decisions about their future career paths
  • Students learn how to build and leverage professional networks to achieve their career goals
  • Access to eLearning resources to support learning goals
  • Mentored support throughout the process

Testimonials

Grainne Dunne, Adult Guidance Information Officer, MSLETB

“I heard about the service from a colleague and I was immediately interested in exploring it as a resource for learners in the Further Education sector. An initial meeting with mycareerpath.ie coordinators quickly led to them tailoring the programme to our students and committing to a pilot project to be run over a 6 week period. I signed up for the service myself with the intention of supporting our students by having first hand knowledge of the programme. However, I quickly realised that it was of enormous benefit to me in my own career planning. The structure was comprehensive, logical and easy to follow, with an opportunity for reflection through periodic meetings with my mentor.”

Ruth McGonagle, Learner

“I found the personality profile and strengths profile really useful as it helped me see strengths I have and how I can develop other areas I’m not so strong in. The mentoring sessions were great to talk things out and get the perspective of someone who is not directly involved in my life. My Career and Learning Pathway Adviser was very helpful and encouraging and helped me look at options I hadn’t thought of and sometimes I find it easier to speak to someone who doesn’t know me.”

10

Participants took part

Chosen from a range of levels over a 6-8 week period

123

Overall logins

Careers Assessments completed 16 times

479

Activities completed

eLearning Resources viewed 73 times
MyExperience.ie visited 2 times

Did you find the online service accessible, easy to navigate and available 24/7?
100%
Yes
Would you recommend the service?
100%
Yes
  • 100% rated online element highly
  • Personal mentors gave learners motivation and confidence on what courses to apply for
  • Top Career Tools used: Strengths and Personality Profile, Management Style and Employability Pulse
  • Top e-Learning Courses: Self-awareness explained, What to do when you don’t know what to do, Workplace Skills Explained, Career Decision Making, Interview Preparation Explained