How can I choose the right CAO course for me? – 7 steps to making the right choice for a brighter future

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The CAO & university college application deadlines are here. And perhaps you’re already into exams mode …

If you’re still undecided here are a few pointers;

  • Start with jotting down what you think interests you most, asking how it relates to your strengths/talents – what you’d like to be good at and/or skills you’d like to develop – if you’re not sure what you’d prefer just ask your family, friends, take interest questionnaires/aptitude tests, or book a consultation
  • Decide if you’d prefer a definite/career-focused course,  or are you a broad/open-ended/academic learner?
  • Investigate where you can do it – save yourself time by being very specific when using CareersPortal & Qualifax (Eunicas for courses in the EU), Unibrowse or OnetOnline
  • Check out their Open Day/event, Higher Options or local Careers Fair – you can get a full list of these on the Qualifax Events Calendar
  • Organise your own visit for your top few choices if your school isn’t doing one – it’s up to you to find a way to get informed
  • Review the full course details online and jot down anything you’re unsure about – you will want these questions to be answered
  • Share your findings & experiences with your family & friends – this is the bit that helps you clarify your feelings about these choices before you make a final commitment

Do yourself a favour, get stuck into the task now. Get informed & set yourself a definite goal. You’ll feel better, more purposeful and in control of your own destiny.

And don’t worry, if you’re not applying for any restricted courses then you can always change your preferences once the system wakens up on the 1st of May.

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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

Parents DIY Career Guidance course – how to help your son or daughter make the right choice

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  • First principles on How to Choose a career or a university/college course
  • How to make sense of the huge range of courses
  • The key to understanding and interpreting their talents, Multiple Intelligences and Aptitude Strengths
  • How to relate their strengths to their interests
  • Recognising their preference for Learning so they can do something they’d love

Good example of Kinaesthetic & Spatial Intelligence

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Just read the obituary of the stuntman Irishman Martin Grace (James Bond & Indiana Jones movies) and it made me think about which intelligences he based his career on.  It’s obvious that the main intelligences for a successful career as a stuntman are bodily KINAESTHETIC and SPATIAL.

In any career you will use a number of your intelligences but probably build on 2 or 3 more than the others.  One of the keys in choosing a career is understanding your multiple intelligences and how to build on your strengths for a successful career.