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Students' embarking on their career journey – Is Féidir linn

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Careers News

Posted by Francis O' Toole on December 11, 2018

 

  1. Solving Darwin’s Dilemma
  2. Preparing your portfolio for NCAD?
  3. Beyond IoT 2 – How to harness the next wave of digital technology and investment
  4. NCGE News Bulletin
  5. BPS accredited Cert Ability Training
  6. Participation of Women in the EU Digital Economy Still Lags Behind
  7. UL Open Day Jan 2019
  8. Maynooth University CAO Information Evening
  9. IICP – Free Taster Evening
  10. IICP  Certificate Programme in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Studies
  11. Psychometrix Courses End-Of-Year Discounts
  12. Digital Transformation: the impact on Ireland’s Workforce
  13. Marketing students to develop ‘real-world’ digital marketing strategies
  14. CAO & Mature Student Information Evening – UCD
  15. Soil and its importance to Mankind
  16. UCD Open Events – Engineering & Architecture
  17. Setting up a Career Guidance Practice
  18. Crumlin College of FE Open Day

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Posted by Francis O' Toole on December 6, 2018

 

Parents Guide

If you want to understand the basics of careers guidance and how it can work for your child, help is at hand with this concise guide.

Parents play a huge role in the choices children make when they start looking for a career. They influence the level of education or training that their children achieve; the knowledge they have about work and different occupations; the beliefs and attitudes they have to working; and the motivation they have to succeed.

Most of this is learned unconsciously – children and teenagers absorb the attitudes and expectations of them as they grow up. Some of the key influencers are:

  • The expectations parents have for their children’s education and career;
  • The examples they set for their children;
  • The values they show to their family, friends and to society;
  • The opportunities they offer their children to learn and develop; and
  • The kind of parent-child relationship they develop.

To nourish a healthy and rewarding career for your child, the following factors are worth considering:

  • Encourage your children to get the most education possible.
  • Strengthen their self-understanding.
  • Develop their knowledge about work.
  • Teach them decision making skills.
  • Value gender equity and cultural diversity.
  • Become aware of career resources.
  • Help them become skill-oriented. (careers portal)

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The CAO is opened for applications for 2019

Posted by Francis O' Toole on November 28, 2018

This week we shall examine the CAO account home page.

To reach the account home page, applicants must first register with the CAO and pay their application fee. The fee is €30 if this step is completed by January 20 (€45 after this date). This particular part of the CAO application is no more difficult than setting up a social media account or purchasing something online.

Applicants will be requested to submit personal details and pay using a credit or debit card. If applicants do not have access to, or would prefer not to use, a card, they can request a bank giro, which allows them to pay cash through their local bank. Applicants will then receive a CAO number which they can use in conjunction with their date of birth and a password (if they wish) to log into their account home page in future.

Personal Details

This is simply a list of all the personal details entered during the registration process. It is very important not to rush past this section and check that all these details are correct.

Course lists

Courses should be listed in genuine order of preference. Applicants may enter 10 courses on the Level 8 list and another 10 Level 6/7 courses. The deadline for this is February 1.

Correspondence

The CAO requests that applicants are logged into their CAO form when sending any queries or questions. This will allow for a record of contact to be maintained.

SUSI grant

If an applicant thinks there is even a small chance they will apply for a SUSI grant, they should complete this section. The SUSI applications process itself does not open until late spring, and even if an applicant later decides not to apply for a grant, it is a good idea to tick this section.

Exemption from minimum entry requirements

Any applicant who has an exemption from Irish or will be applying for a third language exemption from NUI, should indicate their intention to do so here. Such applicants must apply for this exemption separately.

Qualification and assessment section

Details of which schools the applicant attended, the year in which they sat the Leaving Cert, including any previous sittings of the Leaving Cert, or alternative qualifications, should be entered. It is especially important for repeat students to enter the exam numbers from their previous Leaving Cert attempts so that the CAO can find their results during offers season.

Matures, DARE/HEAR

The last three sections of this page bring applicants to the supplementary information forms for mature applicants and HEAR and DARE applicants. Each of these will be the subject of future columns, however it is important to note that applicants must indicate their intention to apply for any of these programmes through these sections no later than February 1. Aoife Walsh

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Going to College: Feeling confused already? Check out the resources to help students and parents

Posted by Francis O' Toole on November 28, 2018

Guidance counsellor Aoife Walsh1
Guidance counsellor Aoife Walsh

In this busy year for sixth year students and, from time to time, sit can be helpful to take stock of where we are. The first deadline for UCAS has passed, the CAO has opened for applications, we are seeing the first of the PLC colleges opening for applicants and most open days, especially ones in the larger colleges, have taken place.

If applicants are beginning to feel confused about their choices, that is ok! Often confusion comes before a decision and it just means we are really thinking about our options. For parents, especially those going through Leaving Cert for the first time, it can be even more confusing. There are ample excellent resources available for any person who wishes to educate themselves on this process, including some aimed specifically at parents who want to support their child.

CAO

All parents should take time to read the CAO handbook. Your child will have been provided with one in school and there is a PDF version on the CAO website. In addition, the CAO has published a parents’ guide, which is available through the student resource section of the website. Here, you will also find a demo application, where students and parents can familiarise themselves with the application form. There are also video guides available to explain the offers and acceptance process as well why it is important to list courses by order of preference.

Careersportal.ie – Parents

This website has everything needed for college and careers choices and there is a dedicated section for parents. It contains everything from how to talk to their son or daughter, how to choose a career and apply to college and even how to cope after making the wrong choice. Everything you might ever need is here in one place and it is a great place to start for any novice or even experienced senior cycle parent.

Careersportal.ie – Course Search

A relatively new addition to my bag of tricks, this is my go-to course search tool. I like it for a number of reasons: it links with the REACH programme, which many guidance counsellors use in careers’ class; it’s easy to flick between the CAO and the further education sector; it is clearly laid out and offers detailed course descriptions. What I like most are the filters – students can exclude courses from certain areas of the country or courses that require certain subjects, or seek courses that match their ‘career interest’ results (the career interest test is available on the site). Applicants can save their courses in an easy-to-use personal file, which can be revisited.

Applying for medicine

The ‘applying for medicine’ PDF available on the CAO website offers a summary of how the CAO points and HPAT systems work, as well as giving the entry requirements for every medical degree in the country and more. There is also a version for graduate medicine. Both are essential and easy reading for anyone considering entering this field of study, and for any parent trying to support a prospective applicant.

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Careers News

Posted by Francis O' Toole on October 15, 2018

 

 

  1. The rise of Artificial Intelligence in China
  2. What use is the Internet of Things?
  3. Project to help Parents teach Computing
  4. UCC Announce new Lectureship in Plant Genetics
  5. Inclusive Practice Pyramid – Disability Support in Third Level
  6. Apprenticeship Fees
  7. Think Waterford for Work
  8. UL Newsletter
  9. Computing Workshops for Teachers
  10. Polar Exploration Vehicle made of Recycled Materials
  11. LYIT welcomes €0.25 Million funding for Cross-border Further and Higher Education Cluster

 

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Logistics Apprenticeship

Posted by Francis O' Toole on October 4, 2018

Ireland's First Ever Logistics Apprenticeship Launched by DIT
Ireland’s First Ever Logistics Apprenticeship Launched by DIT

Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) launched Ireland’s first ever Logistics Apprenticeship aimed at addressing the skills gap in the industry while providing ‘earn as you learn’ opportunities to schools leavers and mature students.

Apprentices work four days a week and then spend a day in DIT College of Business on Aungier Street.

Over the two-year programme, students will develop the skills necessary for Logistics Associates, who are responsible for coordinating the movement of goods in a company, including the planning and coordinating of all warehousing and transportation activities in the supply chain.

The Logistics Associate Apprenticeship was announced by the Ministers Richard Burton TD and John Halligan TD last year as part of the government’s Action Plan for Education.

18 employers and 26 apprentices from across the Freight, Transport, Distribution and Logistics sector are participating in the programme on a day-release basis.

How to apply:

To begin an apprenticeship, you must be employed in your chosen occupation by an approved employer. To be accepted, you must be at least 16 years of age and have a minimum of grade D in any five subjects in the Junior Certificate. Interested candidates can find out more about the Logistics Associate Apprenticeship here.

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Careers News

Posted by Francis O' Toole on October 4, 2018

 

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Walking On Air

Posted by Francis O' Toole on September 22, 2018

 

Out on sale now

  • A page turner book about resilience
  • Short stories and poems to support positive approaches to life
  • Personal stories to support authentic  reflection on life

“All profits from proceeds of the book to go to help the Peter McVerry trust, a charity working to reduce homelessness

Purchases Walking On Air

 

 

 

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Careers News

Posted by Francis O' Toole on September 22, 2018

 

  1. Government prioritizes teaching of foreign languages
  2. Sony aims to go for fully renewable energy
  3. Creating Accessible Documents
  4. New Edition of Games Development Book
  5. Study “Book of Kells” Online
  6. New Agricultural Science degree at University College Cork
  7. Smartphones in Schools
  8. NUI Galway Open Days
  9. GMIT Green Campus Open Day
  10. Basic Income Ireland
  11. Night Classes in North Kerry College
  12. Guidance Counsellor Position in Dublin
  13. Degree in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy

 

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Ireland’s National Workplace Wellbeing Day, April 13th 2018

Posted by Francis O' Toole on April 11, 2018

National Workplace Wellbeing Day is in its fourth consecutive year, over 500 businesses got involved in 2017. Companies of all sizes and from all sectors are now planning their activities for what promises to be the biggest celebration of workplace health and wellbeing in the Irish calendar.

I encourage companies and individuals to  embrace Mindfulness – an easy way to deal with stress and promote wellbeing.  The following two exercise: Body scan and raisin exercise are guided meditations to help you create awareness of your needs and reach your full potential.

Mindfulness –  What is a body scan meditation?

 

Mindfulness – The raisin exercise – 12 Minute exercise

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