Thanks to funding received from the Citi Foundation, the Guiding the Way Forward – Helping to Finance your Future career programme commenced in 2011. This Programme is aimed at transition year and senior cycle students between 15 and 17 years of age in 23 north Dublin schools and is coordinated and managed by the DCU Access Service and the School of Education Studies at DCU.

Brian Hayes, Head of Citi Transaction Services and Head of Citi Innovation Labs in Europe said,

“Thanks to the support of the Citi Foundation, Citi here in Ireland has been able to provide funding for this new and innovative programme. This Career Portfolio Programme is a first time initiative aimed at providing the right type of guidance on career choice and how to finance it just at exactly the right time in the student’s educational life. As a company, Citi is committed to enabling those students who might not otherwise have had the opportunity to go to college.”

Students build a portfolio of their college or career journey and this career Portfolios will be used to plan, organize and document the student’s educational journey (both present and future). They focus in particular on their career and study goals. In addition, students and their parents will focus on the financial aspects of career planning and decision-making – for example, learning how to create an effective budget and identifying the financial support available to them in the form of Access Scholarships and financial aid.

Citi have been a long-standing supporter of initiatives at DCU, including the Access Scholarship Programme. Their commitment to educational equality has provided many opportunities to students who otherwise may not have accessed 3rd level education and we are delighted that they have chosen to partner with us on this innovative initiative.