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Donai??i??t get overwhelmed by college choices

10 Nov , 2015,
Jennifer
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Spun Out,Ai??January 19th, 2015

Donai??i??t know what college course you want? Donai??i??t worry! This time of year can be a very stressful time for young people in their 6th year of school. Mocks are only around the corner, last preparations are going into making sure you are as prepared as possible for the leaving cert and while all of that is extremely testing to any 17/18 year old perhaps the biggest stress is choosing your college course.

You are coming from a world where you need to ask permission to use the toilet to making the biggest decision of your life so far. While there are plenty of support around you in the form of friends, parents, teachers, guidance counsellors and the likes, the decision is, ultimately, your own.

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One-fifth of CAO courses have 10 places or fewer

Nov , 2015,
Jennifer
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The Irish Times, Thursday, August 27th 2015

The manipulation of CAO points by colleges through the provision of courses with a small student intake is under scrutiny again this year.Ai??The figures show the number of courses with a small student intake is much greater than previously estimated. Of 766 level 8 courses for which data was obtained, 143 ai??i?? or 19 per cent ai??i?? had 10 or fewer places. A total of 453 offerings ai??i?? or 59 per cent of level 8 honours degree courses ai??i?? had fewer than 30 places.Ai??The fragmentation of courses at level 6/7 is even more stark. Of 376 such courses for which data was obtained, 83 ai??i?? or 22 per cent ai??i?? had 10 or fewer places. Some 265 level 6/7 courses ai??i?? or 70 per cent ai??i?? had an intake below 30 students last September.

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College choice: the ultimate careers guide

Nov , 2015,
Jennifer
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The Irish Times, Wednesday, January 14th 2015

College choices. Maybe youai??i??re lucky and youai??i??ve already got it all figured out. Or maybe youai??i??re unlucky enough to think you have it all figured out.

Thereai??i??s a lot to consider. First and foremost: the course, and the area of study you are most interested in. Second, think about the location: if you live in Limerick, Galway, Cork, Dublin, Kildare or Meath, you have more chance of being able to stay at home during college, but if youai??i??re in, say, Longford or Donegal, your choice is either to stay at home and go to the nearest institute of technology or for your family to get the money together for you to go to college farther away.

Do you go with what really interests you or what you perceive to be a more practical option? What are the job prospects? How much might you earn? Are the CAO points realistic? ReadAi??the complete article on the Irish Times website.

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