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Careers Co-ordinator:

Miss B. Deery


Teachers of Employability /Careers

KS3 LLW staff and form teachers

KS4 Miss B. Deery

KS5 Miss B. Deery

Teacher in Charge of work experience:

Miss B. Deery




The Careers (CEIAG) Department, in partnership with their stakeholders; SLT, subject teachers and other facilitators are responsible for all aspects of Careers Education, Information, Advise and Guidance within the school. The aim is to provide the pupils with up to date information and expert advice to enable them to make well informed decisions about their education and future career choices.







Key stage 3 (YEARS 8-10)


All key stage 3 pupils are now actively involved in a series of activity based lessons on Employability.

This includes:


  • Introduction to Employability
  • Personal Career Planning,
  • Working in the Local and Global economy
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship


This programme aims to ensure that all young people develop the personal qualities, skills, knowledge, understanding and attitudes that will give then a strong foundation for lifelong learning and work.


In addition a number of school/subject based CEAIG/STEM events are organised in conjunction with the 'Young Enterprise' and Sentinus.


Young Enterprise, Amazing Brains and Sentinus Programmes

The Careers Department engages the help of professionals to help to deliver a programme of events for Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 pupils.


  • These programmes are presented by experienced staff from Young Enterprise and Entrepreneurs from the wider community.
  • The programmes are linked to specific areas of learning in the KEY STAGE Curriculum including Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities, Personal Understanding, Mutual Understanding, Cultural Understanding, Employability, Education for Sustainable Development.


Year 8


Your School Your Business


An exciting and fun way to help new pupils get to know their year group and school.


Though hands-on interactive games and creative problem solving, the pupils learn that their school is a business, helping them to develop self-confidence, networking skills and enterprise capabilities.


Through their Enrichment time and Employability lessons they are continually exposed to local, national and international jobs.


Year 9


Pupils take part in a half day programme entitled:


'Year Nine Masterclass'


Through their participation in the programme the pupils learn -what it means to be enterprising and discover 'What is an Entrepreneur'.


Pupils meet local Entrepreneurs who share their experiences with them through this they learn the importance of innovation and creativity and identify the characteristics of an enterprising person.


Year 10


In addition to the above employability programme Year 10 pupils receive guidance in preparing them for Subject choice at Key Stage 4. Pupils have an opportunity to undertake extensive career research using ICT and literature in their chosen areas. In addition they have the opportunity to engage in individual or group interviews prior to making their subject choices. They will gain the insights into the world of work through outside role models speaking to them or organised visits to STEM events, Further Education colleges or Higher Education institutions.






Key Stage 4


  • All pupils take part in a series of lessons incorporating the main elements of the Preparing for Success Map of Learning Intention requirements.
  • In addition all pupils take part in Self Evaluation activities and Personal Career Planning exercises to help them make informed and realistic career choices based on knowledge of their personal qualities, skills, qualifications and attitudes.
  • All Year 12 all students are interviewed by Career Advisors from DELNI to ensure they receive impartial Career Guidance.





KS5 (A Level)


Year 13/14

  • All pupils take part in a structured taught Careers Programme and Enrichment activities to encourage and inform them regarding their post 18 options. Students can avail of individual guidance throughout these years to ensure they have realistic plans in place.
  • Emphasis is placed on Personal Career Planning to help them make informed decisions regarding relevant Work Experience Placements.
  • In addition to the taught programme all year 13 students attend presentations from QUB, University of Ulster, Scottish Universities and ROI institutions on life and study at university.
  • Students will be encouraged to avail of work related insights and programmes as they are made known to the careers staff.
  • In January each year all Year 13 students participate in a Work Experience Placement. Some students also take place in additional work experience placements during the school year on during their summer break.





Work Experience


All year 13 pupils take part in one weeks work experience in late January each year. Pupils are encouraged to seek a placement in an area which reflects their future career ambitions.


Year 14


  • In Year 14 the emphasis is on UCAS process and applications to other institutions and vocational careers.
  • All students take part in a second workshop in early September which focuses on UCAS Applications and References.
  • In September Year 14 students visit QUB, University of Ulster and other institutions of their choosing.
  • All students undertake a course on Interview techniques and take part in an Interview evening held each October/November.
  • Students are encouraged to seek apprenticeships where appropriate





Other Information e.g. Awards, extra activities etcIt has been to a busy year for the CEAIG personnel. As well as taught careers classes we have endeavoured to host/attend a number of events co-ordinated by outside agencies.


RVLC STEM/CEIAG Student Convention


Each year we endeavour to facilitate our transition students attending Careers Conventions hosted within our Learning Community or nearby Learning Communities. Representatives from a wide range of professions and industry are available to talk to them. The events highlight a range of STEM related careers and apprenticeships and pupils are able to meet representatives from the professions and industries. As always we are indebted to our representatives who give up their time so willingly to attend. We are particularly proud to welcome our past pupils who give so generously of their time to help and advise our current pupils.




St Mary’s has embraced the new STEM initiatives with vigour and a number of STEM events. In addition to specific CEAIG events a number of Departments have also embraced STEM initiatives and details of these are available on subject websites.




Two of our past pupils won Gold Medals in the UK and N Ireland final of Skill Build in Birmingham; Martin Mc Laughlin and Aaron McCool. We were also very happy to hear of Simon Curran achievements within the catering industry.

The Skills Show is the UK’s largest skills and careers event, which celebrates the importance of skills to economic growth. Taking part enables competitors to build on their skills, test their knowledge against their peers and showcase their potential to current and future employers. During the three days of the Show, over 700 of the UK’s most talented apprentices and learners competed in front of 100,000 visitors in the WorldSkills UK National competition finals to aspire to be the best in the UK in their skill area.


A number of our graduates gained employment including James Logue at Citi and Mark Anderson with The Royal Navy. Below are pictures of some of our past pupils graduations: James Logue, Kendra Reynolds and Kyra Reynolds.

Kendra Reynolds and Kyra Reynolds.

Careers Information Online


Which way now?


NI Direct


Queens University Belfast

Ulster University

St. Mary's College, Belfast


Subject Websites


Maths Careers


National Health Service

Step Into The NHS



Planet Science

Future Morph- Science & Maths

Energy Industry

Energy Zone


Chemical Engineering

Why Not ChemEng?


IT Industry

Bring It On



Micro Biology Society

Royal Society of Chemistry



Chartered Institute of Water and Environental Management


Language Resources

Languages Work


Languages Careers

Languages Work

Business Languages Champions

700 reasons for studying a language

Chartered Institute of Linguists


Geography Careers

Earth Works

Geographical Association



Humanities & Social & Behavioral Sciences



Creative & Cultural Skills

Careers In Music




The Careers Department is responsible for all aspects of Careers Education and Guidance within the school. The aim is to provide the pupils with up to date information and expert advice to enable them to make well informed decisions about their education and future career choices.



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