Student Services

Career & Guidance Counselling Service

The Career and Guidance Counselling Service at Mallow College of Further Education is a professional and confidential service aimed at providing support to learners in their educational, career and personal development. The Guidance Counsellor, Suzanne Powell, is available for one-to-one consultations with learners and provides workshops and information sessions to class groups throughout the academic year. You can make an appointment to see the Guidance Counsellor to seek support in any of the following areas:

  • Educational Guidance & Counselling: Study Skills, Examination Techniques, Stress Management, Further Study Options, CAO & UCAS Applications, Grants & Funding information.
  • Career Guidance & Counselling: C.V. Writing, Cover Letters, Application Forms, Job Search Skills, Transferable Skills Audit, Career Management, Interview Training & Practice, Exploring Options.
  • Personal Counselling: Learners are supported through any personal difficulties they may encounter during their time in College. Counselling provides a private space where you can talk about personal issues and reflect on your feelings and thoughts without being judged.

Appointments can be made at reception.

Interview Training

Students can also avail of an interview preparation service from the Career & Guidance Counsellor. Practice interviews give experience of formal interview settings and allow learners to receive feedback for improvement.

Job Seeking Skills

Mallow College of Further Education has links with industry and aims to prepare graduates for employment. Learners receive advice from recruitment agencies and guest speakers. Guidance and support is available to students preparing for work experience. Students receive help in compiling C.V.’s, Cover Letters, in how to approach potential employers, and interview techniques.

Student Council

Mallow College of Further Education has established a Student Council. The Student’s Council is made up of student representatives from each course in the college and its role is to plan and develop an active student body for the College. Several events are organised throughout the year to encourage student involvement and enjoyment. Sports clubs, intercultural events, fitness week, and live music help to promote a positive college experience for students.

Learners are encouraged to participate in social activities in the College as these activities provide opportunities for development, teamwork and leadership.

Additional Certification

Many courses offer additional training opportunities that are related to their field of study. Examples include First Aid Certification, Manual Handling, Patient Handling, Client Moving, Elderly Abuse Training, Non Violent Crisis Intervention, Self-defence, Private Security Licences, Gel & Acrylic Nails, and in house training in Art Deco Make-up, Reiki, Body Exfoliation, and Crystal Therapy.

Visits and Excursions

Course co-ordinators also organise visits and excursions for their students. The Beauty department attend a number of beauty trade shows and exhibitions. Applied Social Studies and Security and Criminology classes attend Cork Circuit Court. Art, Craft & Design students attend exhibitions and Art colleges. Sound Production students attend regular sessions in a professional sound recording studio.  Small Animal Care students make excursions to Fota Wildlife Park, the Donkey Sanctuary, ISPCA, and various Veterinary Clinics. Teambuilding excursions are a feature of many courses.

Annual Awards Ceremony

Every year Mallow College of Further Education hosts its Prize Giving Awards ceremony where students receive their QQI, ITEC, Accounting Technicians Ireland, Hairdressing Junior and Senior Trade Certificates and Diplomas. ‘Student of the Year’ recipients are also acknowledged on the night in recognition of their contribution to the ethos of the College.

Art Exhibition

The students of Art, Craft & Design organise an end of year Art and Design Exhibition displaying their year’s work. Previous Art Exhibition titles included ‘New Beginnings’, ‘Endless Possibilities’ and ‘Look Again’.