Informed decisions and sound career advice are key to effective career planning – Lyon


Economy Minister Gordon Lyons advises young people receiving their results, and their parents/caregivers, to seek impartial advice and guidance from his ministry’s Careers Service.

Economy Minister Gordon Lyons and Deputy Director of Careers Christina Kelly are encouraging those who want advice after exam results to contact the Careers Service.

With A-level results released today and GSCE results on August 25, the minister said:

“My ambition is for Northern Ireland to have a skilled workforce that underpins my department’s 10X vision for our economy. For many young people, achieving exam results is an exciting milestone. and important in their lives and the epitome of their academic life thus far and I would encourage them to take advantage of career counseling in order to make informed decisions that will affect their future career choices.”

The Minister continued:

“As students receive their results, many will be delighted while others may be disappointed, but I would like to reassure both students and parents/guardians that help and advice is available during this period. My Department’s Careers Service has access to up-to-date information on employment trends provided by the Department’s economists. They can offer unbiased advice and guidance on a range of career choices, including including higher and higher education, training and employment, including apprenticeship, and higher-level apprenticeship.

“I take this opportunity to send my best wishes to those who receive or are awaiting their results and reassure you that the Careers Service is ready to help you access the path best suited to you and your professional ambitions. ”

Deputy Head of Careers Christina Kelly said:

“Following the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, this year many students took formal exams for the first time. I would like to encourage students to take advantage of the professional advice and guidance available from your guidance to help you take the next step Young people and parents can access useful information about direct.

“If you need immediate advice and guidance following your results, please use the Careers Service’s online chat service. You can access it at direct. You can contact a guidance counselor by clicking on the ‘Chat with a counselor’ button or you can speak with a guidance counselor by calling 0300 200 7820.

“Webchat and phone hours will be extended during the earnings period and advisors will be available via webchat and phone from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday of earnings week.”

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