Get your head out of the sand – 7 steps to making the right choice

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Don’t wait, act now. It will be Christmas before you know it.
The university college application deadlines follow quickly after that.
And then you’re into exam mode…

Open Day season is now running so;

  • Start with what you think interests you most,  and check how it relates to your strengths/talents and what you’d like to be good at and/or skills you’d like to acquire – if you’re not sure what you’d prefer ask your family, friends, take interest/aptitude tests, talk to your Guidance Counsellor
  • Decide if you’d prefer a definite/career-focused/applied   or  a broad/open-ended/academic course
  • Find out where you can do it
  • Check out their Open Day website for scheduled talks & tours – Plan your day using this schedule & map to ensure you get the most from it
  • Organise your own visit if your school isn’t doing one – it’s up to you
  • Review the online course info and jot down anything you’re unsure about – you will want these queries to be answered at the open day
  • Share your insights & experiences with your family & friends to clarify your feelings about your choices

To help you do this there are many course & career websites – save yourself time and be very specific when using  unibrowse, qualifax, eunicas, & careersportal, onetonline, etc

Do yourself a favour, get stuck into the task now.  Get informed & set yourself a definite goal.  It’s time to get ready.

You’ll feel better, more determined and in control of your own destiny

CAO review time

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  1. Decision making is a mix of emotion and information – you need to know what you’re letting yourself in for and it has to feel right.caocao
  2. Once you decide on your 1st choice be consistent with your 2nd & 3rd preferences, etc – make them similar to your 1st.
  3. There are always alternate routes – use some of the remaining options as alternative routes to your main goal.  In past years approx 1000 students with over 500 points were left with no college/university offers because they picked just a few highly competitive courses with no back-up plans.
  4. Be smart, make sure you also have one insurance option.
  5. Remember to check that you meet any special entry requirements – if you don’t have these then choose an alternate route.
  6. If you’re stuck then ask for help or if would like to have a chat just give me a call.
  7. Lastly be optimistic – you live and work with your choices so choose what feels right for you.

You can’t enjoy life without skills

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There’s immense pleasure to be had from acquiring skills, in learning how to do anything well.
Life is enhanced & fulfilling by learning the discipline of a skill, even though it often takes a lot of time & effort.

To be happy,
is to be able to develop your skills, talents & intelligences
in a endeavor, career or course based on the learning that interests you most.
Identify your preferences & strengths to make smarter choices.

The Art of Choosing

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Why choosing can be so confusing when thrust on those who aren’t prepared

– talk on The Art of Choosing by Sheena Iyengar

What would you really like to do if money were no object

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Wonderful inspirational & encouraging, thought-provoking talk on choosing, by Alan Watts