UL’s Career Development Toolkit
An innovative programme ‘First Leanings’ aimed at supporting students in making a successful transition to higher education was recently launched by the University of Limerick.
'First Leanings' is the first comprehensive career development toolkit to be produced in Ireland with Transition Year students in mind. UL has provided every post-primary school in Ireland with a Toolkit and it is also available in PDF format on www.ul.ie/careers/ firstleanings. The toolkit was developed by UL’s Cooperative Education & Careers Division and supported by the Higher Education Authority (HEA).
Speaking at the launch of ‘First Leanings’ UL’s Vice-President Academic and Registrar Professor Paul McCutcheon said, “Students in transition year are expected to make big decisions that will affect their futures and their career opportunities. First Leanings will support them in identifying their interests, abilities, and preferences so they have the knowledge and self-awareness to make effective choices”.
Guidance counsellor – Ann MacNamara from Tullamore College gives the top reasons for including First Leanings in the classroom and says "after 16 years in the job I really appreciate this sort of innovation".