SCRAMBLING to justify their existence, career guidance teachers throughout the country have responded to questions about the level of work that goes into their job by asking ‘what’s something you’d really like to do?’ in a softly spoken and engaging voice.
“Look, I get it, we’re an easy target but we’re with students every step of the way trying to help them make the biggest decision of their lives; what to do in college,” explained a bright and positive career guidance and religion teacher, Patrick Dennings.
Dennings, going to great lengths to explain the complex machinations he has to take account of when trying to help students pick out a career, explained the process to WWN.
“I ask ‘what do you like to do?’ and then the student will say something like ‘biology’ and then I say ‘there’s a course in UCD called Science, you should do that’. I challenge anyone to tell me they can do my job and that it’s easy,” explained Dennings while pointing to a sheet of paper with the word ‘Careers?’ written on it that he was keen to point out he printed and laminated himself.
When it was pointed out to him that many students, former students and parents of students who attend a school with career guidance teacher often complain about how little guidance they actually offer pupils, Dennings defended himself.
“Sorry, I forgot to say that in the cases where a student thinks college isn’t for him I’ll ask something like ‘have you considered a trade?’ So don’t go thinking this job isn’t full of unique challenges I have to adjust to and respond to,” concluded Dennings shortly before going on to tell someone who is good at art to ‘do art in college’.