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Thank you for visiting the N.I. Schools and Colleges Careers Association website. Please browse and add any resources, calendar dates or articles of interest to share. We aim to provide what our members need so please feel free to contact us with ideas.

Julie Richardson  - NISCA Chair

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NISCA will endeavour to enhance the quality of Careers Provision in schools and Regional Colleges and to create a desire for life-long learning.

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Normally we host a Conference each Spring and Autumn. NISCA membership includes free attendance for at least two persons at both Conferences. 

Our conferences feature a wide range of valuable talks and workshops which are delivered by representatives from numerous organisations e.g. Industry, Universities, ETI

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November 2014 Conference


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  • 19 Dec 2014 12:39 AM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    The report builds on the detailed inquiry carried out by the Employment and Learning Committee into Careers and outlines five key areas for improvement and 15 key actions. The five key areas highlighted for improvement are:
    • accountability, consistency and quality for the entire careers system to include practitioner and organisational standards, and clear and measurable targets;
    • work experience for young people in school (from P7) and further and higher education and stronger relationships with employers to offer opportunities across a wide range of sectors and employers;
    • accessing information online, particularly labour market information;
    • developing a record of careers progression; and
    • ensuring young people have access to impartial professional advice.

    Download the full report for details.

  • 11 Dec 2014 11:30 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    The Graduate Labour Market report by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills reveals that workers with a degree earn £9,000 more per year than non-graduates, with an average salary of £31,000. Workers with a postgraduate degree earn another £9,000 on average, bringing their average pay up to £40,000 a year.

    The report added that people with a degree are also much more likely to get a job and be working in a highly skilled post.

    See the Telegraph article for details.
  • 11 Dec 2014 7:59 AM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)

    Jobs website Glassdoor has compiled a list of the top 25 companies to work for based on employee insight and feedback given to the site over the past year.

    Thousands of users were asked to rate how satisfied they were with their company overall, how well they felt their CEO led the company, whether they would recommend their employer to a friend, as well as key workplace attributes including career opportunities, compensation and benefits, culture and values, and work-life balance.

    See the Glassdoor website for the list

  • 08 Dec 2014 7:18 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    The International New York Times has published the global top 150 universities using rankings that measure universities for "the production of graduates who are ready to work, expertise in a particular field and reputation".

    Cambridge University comes first in the world. No Northern Ireland universities make the top 150. Trinity College Dublin is at 110.

    See the full list at the Emerging website.
  • 06 Dec 2014 12:48 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    One option often overlooked by many sixth-formers is the possibility of applying to universities in Europe. Many continental degree programmes are taught in English and entry requirements can be lower than the UK or Ireland.

    The cost of attending many universities is often much lower than registering for an equivalent programme in Ireland or the UK. There are no fees for UK and Irish students studying in the four Scandinavian countries. In the state-sector universities in Austria, Germany and Switzerland, fees are below €1500 pa and, in the Netherlands, fees are just over €1900 pa. Fees are also low in Italy.

    Details about applications are available from the European University Central Application Support Service.
  • 05 Dec 2014 12:03 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    The Lir Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin was established in 2011 due to a need within the theatre, television and film industries to provide training at a conservatoire level.

    They provide three undergraduate courses: Bachelor in Acting degree, Professional Diploma in Stage Management and Technical Theatre and Foundation Diploma in Acting and Theatre.

    The application process has opened already and will close at the beginning of February 2015.

    See this link for more details.
  • 29 Nov 2014 12:18 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    Students and interns at some tech companies in Ireland are earning as much as workers on the average national wage.

    Software companies such as Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and Microsoft are paying up to €3,000 a month to some interns for placements that last up to six months before returning to college.

    See the Irish Independent article for details.
  • 15 Nov 2014 11:41 AM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)

    See the Intel article for full details.
  • 11 Nov 2014 5:55 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    The Guardian has published a short article which offers guidelines and links to some useful resources for the careers teacher. This could be of use to both the novice careers teacher and to more experiences careers professionals who are looking for new ideas.

    See the Guardian article for details.

  • 10 Nov 2014 1:22 PM | Eugene Marquess (Administrator)
    Your Life is a three-year campaign which has just been launched to ensure young adults in the UK have the maths and physics skills needed to succeed in the current competitive global economy.

    It looks to inspire young people, to study maths and physics as a gateway into wide-ranging careers whilst also triggering employers to recruit and retain this talent.

    Your Life is supported and guided by a group of companies including Nestlé, Shell and BAE.

    See the Your Life website for details.
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