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 for you.
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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.

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Why 6th year/form students should make their choices now

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Don’t wait;

It will be Christmas before you know it.
The university college application deadlines follow quickly after that.
And then you’re into exam mode…

  • The university college Open Day season in running
  • Start a few Degree topics – if you’re not sure what you’d prefer then ask your family, friends, etc for help now
  • Decide if you prefer a vocational or academic course  & find out where you can take them
  • Checkout their Open Day website for scheduled talks & tours and Plan your day to ensure you get the most from it
  • Review the course info on the web and jot down any questions or anything you’re unsure about – you want these to be answered at the open day
  1. Do yourself a favour, get stuck in to the task now
  2. Get informed &
  3. Set yourself a goal

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

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Thinking of your CAO or UCAS options – you need to

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  • Be informed – good decision making is a blend of Emotion & the right Information.
  • Tell your family & friends about your choices –  the more you explain and talk, the clearer you (and they) will be that you’re heading in the right direction.
  • Choose for you –  try to picture yourself on your favourite course.   If you’re happy you’re more likely to be motivated regardless of where your friends are.
  • Be optimistic and real – go for your dream choice and have back-up plans which may get you to the same goal via a different route.
  • Be true  –  knowing your preferences and how these tie-in to your talents & strengths is the key to making the right choice for you.
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what good is a degree – know the issues

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You may have a good idea what you’re going for but have you thought everything through, the why? Remember to consider the following:

What’s influencing you choice, how do you like to learn? Are you more;

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  • Academic             or          Vocational
  • Theoretical           or          Applied
  • For the Joy of Learning   or  for learning focused on the Job/Career
  • If you’d mostly prefer those on the left it might indicate a broad open ended course or would you be best suited to those on the right with a definite more practical or professional qualification

Don’t forget to consider other things like;

  • Does the course include an internship or period of work experience and, what will you get from it
  • What specific degree outcomes are available
  • Will you have to do further studies or a postgrad course to make yourself employable
  • If so what are the most likely pg options and what grade of degree is required
  • On completion what specific career paths are open to you

Tease out these issues, talk them over and you’ll make a better choice.

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What’s the use of an Arts based, Humanities or Social sciences degree?

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What could it possibly lead to?  Well you …
  • are encouraged to think for yourself
  • learn to present particular information and argue or write about it
  • learn how to evaluate evidence & we know there can be several different aspects and angles to look at any event
  • learn how to use libraries properly (information systems – digital &  physical)
  • learn to understand the smart economy not just technologically but the cognitive smart economy
  • study subjects that teaches the skills we need in civilised society
  • seriously interrogate what’s before you and learn to think for yourself
  • learn the life of the Ordinary People
  • ultimately prepare yourself for independent life-long learning in any career you pursue

The value of an Arts Degree?  –  It is flexible and it can take you anywhere – just look at some of the people who have come up via an Arts degree – starting  with US President Barack Obama, Musician & Producer Fat Boy Slim, Financier George Soros, Writer & Orator Oscar Wilde and so many others.



adapted & amended from:    “Miriam Meets” RTE Radio1Interview with Historian Diarmuid Ferriter and Archivist Caitriona Crowe    c04/10/09.
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How to make the right university / college choice

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The key to choosing is having the right information about yourself, about what the course involves and where it will take you in the future.

Don’t underestimate the importance of doing this prep work, it could inform the best decision you’ll ever make.

Knowing yourself;   Simply put have you identified what you like to learn; which activities or particular subjects you are good at?  Will you be challenged enough with your choice – does it make the most of your personal strengths, skills, talents and aptitudes?  Is it  really going to help you get to where you want to be in life?

Course information, don’t assume you know it all;    Yes hopefully by now you know what you’d prefer to learn and what type of qualification you’re going for.  Now make sure that you’re clear on what’s involved.  Read the course content thoroughly.  Go online for detailed information to be sure you know what you’re letting yourself in for.   Be informed on more than just subject names, check out the modules you will be studying, how they will be assessed and if there is a work based placement or opportunity to study abroad – does this match what you want from a course?

Life after the Degree?  It may sound obvious but a surprising number of students report that they made the wrong course or university/college decision.  They took a course they didn’t like or didn’t really know where it’d take them – what career or postgrad options would be open to them.  Check out the career outcomes listed for a course by doing a career specific search.  If your degree leads to a very definite career, an example being Dentistry, inform yourself about the ‘life as a Dentist’ – is it what you really want, is it right for you?

Now tell others.  To be confident you’re heading in the right direction you need to discuss your plans with the important people in your life.  Stating your target to others can help you motivate yourself  so you can happily go make it happen.

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Physiotherapy – alternate routes

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Decided you want to become a Physiotherapist?

What alternate routes are available to those who are committed to their goal but don’t get an offer for the course?

  • One option is to take a course taught through English at a European university – checkout EUNICAS  here  and note how many are at lower fees!
  • Not on the cards?  Here are some alternatives and these back-up plans can be a dream-saver – you need some insurance options.   Identify the closest courses which are of similar study to Physio and serve as a good foundation, then ask if they’re acceptable to the university of your choice as broadly scientific enough for entry to Physio at a later stage.

So your list might look something like this (in order of relevance);

  1. Physio (your TOP choice, at as many Uni’s as possible)
  2. Athletic Therapy & Training,  Sports Rehabilitation & Athletic Training, Physiology & Health Science
  3. Health & Performance Science, Sports Strengthening & Conditioning
  4. Sports Science, Sports & Exercise/Health Sciences, Sports Science & Physiology or even Health & Disease
  5. A broad Science degree with Biology in 1st year and stated Degree Specialism in either Physiology or Anatomy plus other useful secondary subjects like Biochemistry/Chemistry/Physics

Your  insurance options do not all need to be at the same level – you can choose to take them at a lower lever with the ultimate aim of moving up the academic ladder to your goal.   You could take one at Certificate or Diploma level, or perhaps avail of the Further Education to Higher Education routes – if you choose the latter make sure that your FE/FET course is accepted (& relevant) for the HE course of your choice, eg a Physiology/Anatomy based course.

 

This list is a guide only – there could well be other routes which you should investigate.

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A few things to consider about your Uni/College choices

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  • Choose for you, forget about others for now;  Try to imagine yourself doing your preferred course, if you’re happy in the course you’re doing you are more likely to be motivated and successful regardless of where your friends are – you will still meet up socially and remember in order to be successful you must create new friendships wherever you go in life, so start now.
  • If the financial reality is that you cannot attend a preferred course in a specific uni/college  then choose something similar which you can do now and see it as a route to moving on & upwards to your dream choice at a later stage.
  • Be consistent in your choices;  if you don’t get your preferred option directly, what alternate courses could you take to get to the same end goal?  There are always alternative routes…
  • Be Optimistic and Realistic;  go for your dream choice and have back-up plans if that doesn’t work out.
  • Discuss your options with your family, friends, guidance counsellor & related subject teacher.  The more you talk about, explain & articulate you choice and your reasoning the more you’re likely to be heading in the right direction.  You will be clearer and more focused.
  • Be informed.  Decision making is a blend of the right information, self knowingness & emotion
  • Be true to you;  knowing your particular learning preferences, yourself and how these build on your unique talents & strengths is the key to making the right choice.
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target your career search

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Register with professional organisations, graduate careers services and use job matching online systems to target your career search – 70% jobs not advertised.  Employers are turning to these sites in order to avoid the poor percentages of applicants meeting their selection criteria;  On traditional job sites just c 0.5% meet criteria ,  but on the Graduate Careers site such as www.gradireland.com c 24% meet the employers criteria.

Increase you chances of securing that job by finding and sign up with these services to receive relevant alerts. 

Employers are targeting their selection methods, so you need to target your career search in order to reach them.

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