In Need of Expert Career Guidance?

Function1 Guidance offers Career Guidance to Leaving Certs. Function1 Guidance, based in Donegal, has a client base stretching the length and breadth of the North-West of Ireland. This includes counties Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Cavan & Monaghan – all seeking expert, professional and confidential Career Guidance advice.

The objective of Function1 Guidance is a simple one:
To guide and facilitate each client to make well-informed, educated decisions regarding their personal and professional future development.

Function1 Guidance was set up by Maria Faherty in 2011. Maria is a Teacher, Trainer and Career Guidance Counsellor with over a decade’s experience in the fields of Education, Training and Career Guidance Counselling. Maria uses a down-to-earth, simplistic approach which includes exploring the client’s interests, strengths, experiences and personal aspirations in addition to their prior learning and qualifications to date. By listening intently and combining this information Maria will guide the client to discover a career path they will enjoy, excel and thrive in.

Function1 Guidance offers advice and guidance in all areas of Career Guidance including:

* Course Choices
* Apprenticeships
* PLCs
* Studying Abroad
* Graduate Programmes
* Postgraduate Study
* Retraining
* Upskilling
* Professional Development

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild & precious life?” – Mary Oliver

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Make an appointment with Maria to discuss your options



“After deciding to make a change in my career I made contact with Maria. The service provided is very professional, confidential, efficient and precise. All questions and queries were answered promptly and all advice was practical and thorough.”

Ellen    Professional   

“It was clear from the start how genuinely interested [Maria] was that I found the right course that best suited all of my needs... Her guidance enabled me to feel more relaxed. In fact, I honestly believe had it not been for Maria I could be opting for a course that simply wasn’t for me.”

Jane    Leaving Cert Student   

“My daughter really bonded with Maria and was very noticeably reassured after their consultation. Maria is extremely knowledgeable, capable and competent... and was really selfless with her time. It was without doubt money amazingly well spent!”

Liam    Parent   

“Maria was a brilliant help... Her caring, warm and friendly attitude was of a great benefit and made me relax and not stress about my decisions. Maria was available to help whenever I needed it, answered all of my questions and put an incredible amount of time and effort into doing this. She’s a fantastic Guidance Counsellor.”

Darragh    Leaving Cert Student   

“Maria has been calling to us for four years now. We have three daughters, who all needed career guidance. Maria is a great listener and talks to the student (not at them). She creates a detailed profile of the student prior to the meeting and in doing so is able to advise and show the student which courses and degrees they should be leaning towards. I would highly recommend Maria. “

Marianne    Parent   

“Maria was not only very helpful and informative but encouraging and supportive also. Whether you know what you want to do and need information or you simply have no idea I would highly recommend Maria for Career Guidance.”

Natasha    Graduate   

“I got in contact with Maria during my final year at school when the worry of career and college choices began to set in. Maria enabled me to approach my exams and my future goals with confidence. She provided me with professional but very friendly advice throughout the year and never hesitated to help me with any question or queries I had after our meeting. I can honestly say that I would highly recommend Maria to any students/parents who may need assistance in this area.”

Roisin    Leaving Cert Student