For students the period between their Leaving Certificate results and choosing a route to the next stage of their lives is exciting but for many it is an anxious time.
When the results arrive and CAO offers are made, feelings of hope and expectation are followed by relief, joy and sometimes disappointment.
This is one of the major life transitions for any family, so a little preparation can help things move along more smoothly.
A very useful recourse to all is Ireland’s National Learners’ Database, the ‘one- stop shop’ for learners, providing the most comprehensive information on further and higher education and training courses — www.qualifax.ie
Twins Ciara and Hannah McCarthy from Frankfield. Ciara hopes to study physiotherapy in Scotland and Hannah intends studying physical education teaching in UCC. Picture: David Keane
To explore all occupations, sectors, skills shortages, jobs, and courses, careersportal.ie provides valuable career information to all people who are considering their future careers.
There are a number of overlapping processes that may be listed mainly as follows:
1. Leaving Cert results;
2. The Appeals Process;
3. CAO offers and acceptances;
4. Money matters: grant applications; accommodation.
5. Other options: contingency plans; repeat Leaving Cert; post Leaving Certificate courses; UCAS clearing; Gap year and study abroad options.
Several issues can arise and sometimes it may be difficult to synchronise and juggle important dates, deadlines, results, appeals, offers, and changes of plan.
Advice from parents who have been through the process is:
Betty McLaughlin is president of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors, whose members will staff the National Parents’ Council-Post Primary helpline, from 10am to 7pm today and tomorrow, and until 1pm on Friday. It also runs next Monday and Tuesday from 8am to 7pm, and until 1pm next Wednesday: 1800 265 165
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