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Going to College:

Posted by Francis O' Toole on November 13, 2017

Going to College: CAO is open for applications — now is a good time to start the process of filling out the form

(Stock image)Since last Monday, Leaving Cert students and, indeed, any person who is interested in starting college next September can register with the CAO and begin filling out their form.

I always push students to begin this process as early as possible. There is no benefit to waiting and, in my experience, once applicants get going, they are reassured by how simple it is.

The most difficult part of completing a CAO application is not the actual process of filling out the form, but deciding the courses for which to apply.

I have to admit that each year a large number of applicants, including my own students, fail to follow the advice to start early. Students delay because they have not yet decided which courses they would like to list or the order in which they will place them.

The great thing about filling out the CAO form online is that the applicant does not have to make a decision about when the form is completed. There is no send button and there is no piece of information that cannot be changed by the candidate before the submission date. Whatever is entered on it on February 1 is the information with which the CAO will work.

Since the CAO opened on Monday, it is possible for applicants to set up an account into which they can log as many times as they like. And from now until February 1, they can make as many changes to their form as they like.

To get started, applicants will need to register and pay their fee. For 2018/19, the standard application fee is €45, discounted to €30 for any applicant who registers by January 20.

On the form, applicants will be asked to complete their personal details and enter credit/debit card details or the number from their Bank Giro. If an applicant would like to pay by Bank Giro, they should contact their school guidance counsellor and ask them to request one from the CAO on their behalf.

Once they have done this, they will receive their CAO number. The number is important as applicants will need it for logging into their form and all dealings with the CAO, as well as other CAO-related activities, such as applying for the HPAT aptitude test for medicine, or submitting a portfolio.

The applicant may log into their account as often as they wish to enter application details, apply for programmes such as the HEAR or DARE, and to enter and remove courses.

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Apprenticeship

Posted by Francis O' Toole on October 25, 2017

 

 

Apprenticeship is a programme of formal education and training. It combines learning in your place of work, with learning in an education or training centre. On successful completion of a number of phases of training, apprentices become recognised craftspeople or professionals.

The traditional craft apprenticeships include those in the Construction, Electrical, Engineering, and Motor sectors.

Over 20 new occupational apprenticeships are in the process of being developed and introduced in the Computer & ICT, MedTech, Insurance, Finance, Accountancy, Logistics and Hospitality sectors.

Details including entry requirementstraining structure, where to find apprenticeship vacancies and a range of related videos, are available via the menu structure on this page.

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It’s fine to have a dream course, but give yourself plenty of choice on your CAO form

Posted by Francis O' Toole on October 24, 2017

 

 

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All sixth year students should now be in the thick of CAO research, at times, an overwhelming task. In my opinion, it is not the students who tell me they do not know what they want to do in college who I am most concerned about at this time of year. It is the student who comes with one perfect course who often causes me the most professional worry.

While it is a wonderful thing to meet a young person who has a passion, and who has identified their direction for future study, students who are overly rigid about their career goals and course choices can find this hampers their research. A student may feel they have found their dream course, but no CAO form should be submitted with just one choice. So, once the dream course is found, it is important to park it and get on with the task of researching. This course should not be allowed to prevent the identification of the other choices that can be listed.

Every CAO form can be submitted with up to 20 courses listed – 10 at Level 8 and another 10 Level 7/6. Applicants should endeavour to enter as many courses on their application as possible. The CAO can only offer places on courses that have been listed on the form. If an applicant receivea an offer they would prefer not to take, they may turn it down.

 

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New STEM buildings

Posted by Francis O' Toole on October 20, 2017

 

Minister for Education, Richard Bruton TD, has today announced details of 11 large-scale construction projects at Institutes of Technology around the country, using Public Private Partnership arrangements.

The projects will enable the Institutes of Technology to accommodate an additional 8,000 students. Most of the new buildings will be geared towards science and technology.

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College Open Day season is here

Posted by Francis O' Toole on October 20, 2017

College Open Day season is here. Top advice “prepare in advance if you want to get the most of them”!

Open days are opportunities to get a better understanding of the college courses that interested you, to learn more about any colleges that appeal to you, and to experience first-hand the atmosphere of different campus environments. You get the opportunity to speak to lecturers and to other students already enrolled in the college. This is a vital part of your research process if you are to make the best possible course decisions.

Open days can overwhelming – third-level colleges and universities are big, busy places. Without proper planning and preparation, going to an open day can become a negative experience, which also makes it a missed opportunity. There are some easy steps you can take to avoid this and get the most out of your open day visits:

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Dutch universities are returning to Ireland

Posted by Francis O' Toole on October 20, 2017

 

 

Dutch universities are returning to Ireland in October 2017, with student information events taking place in Cork, Galway and Dublin.

The fact that the colleges are taking the trouble to come to Ireland to meet Irish students (and their families) is unsurprising in the context of the expected numbers of Irish students expecting to be enrolled on programmes in the Netherlands by September, numbers are expected to exceed 1,000.

This is a great opportunity to meet and talk to Dutch Research Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences (see individual event details for those universities travelling). You can discuss a wide range of matters, including teaching and learning styles, programme content, entry requirements and financial concerns.

Many of the universities will bring along Irish students who are already studying in the Netherlands to share their knowledge and experience.

It is expected that the events will be launched by the Dutch Ambassador, and will include presentations by employers.

Events are free of charge but booking is required:

  • Cork – Fota Hotel, 23rd October 2017;
  • Galway G Hotel 24th October 2017;
  • Dublin, Carlton Hotel Blanchardstown, 25th October 2017.

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