Career Guidance Overview Breifne College The History of the C.A.O. 1977, 5 Colleges with 69 courses. 2009, 43 colleges with 581 degree and 350 cert/ordinary degree courses. The Choosing a Course Course Choice Think about: Skills Interest Career l Informed decisions ensure right results Sources of Information CAO Handbook warning. Publications. Guidance Counsellors/teachers. Current students/graduates/people doing that job. Open days - College visits. Parents/older siblings. Internet & General Media. Points Realistic Expectations (8% > 500 points, average = 310 points) C.A.O. CAO Application Timetable EU Closing Date - 1st February (paper or on-line). Demo on CAO web site - www.cao.ie 2 lists of 10 choices - level 8 and level 6/7 Restricted Application courses Strict order of preference Study ALL preferences carefully Late Closing Date - 1st May Check Application Record Change-of-Mind 1st July (on-line) Making a C.A.O. Application Points to Note Select in order of preference not points. Once you have the points for a particular course all courses below are deleted. You then have to pick between your level 8 or 6 and 7 courses. You may move up your list if points drop in round two or your points increase on a re- check of papers Tips for Success!! Research course choices well Attendance and follow-up work Active in clubs and/or societies - meet new friends Seek support and advice early if necessary Try to get the BALANCE right Approx 5,000 re-applications to CAO Alternative Entry Routes UCAS PLC’s Apprenticeships UCAS The UK version of the CAO Closing Dates: 1st October for Medical Courses and 1st January for all other courses. Differences from the CAO Personal Statement Subjects Apply for 6 courses and then choose from successful applications. PLC’s Irish Colleges that don’t fall under the CAO umbrella. You have to apply to each college directly. Offer some very artistic courses: Ballyfermot or Dun Laoghaire Allows re-entry into the CAO system. Courses vary in quality. Questions to Ask What does the average student do after they finish the course. Does it have links in order to get me to degree level. Does this take course me to where I want to go. Types of Post Leaving Cert Courses Media/Drama Art and Design Outdoor & Animals Adventure Sports Performing Arts Beauty Therapy Social Care & Business Childcare Computing Travel & Tourism Engineering Science & Leisure and Technology Recreation National Qualifications Framework National Qualifications Framework 1: Primary Certificate 2: Primary Certificate 3: Junior Certificate 4: Leaving Certificate 5: Leaving Certificate and FETAC Qualifications 6: Higher Certificate: (HETAC, FETAC and I.T.’s) 7: Ordinary Batchelor Degree 8: Higher Batchelor Degree and H. Dip’s 9: Masters Degree 10: Doctoral Degree THE ‘LADDER’ SYSTEM THIRD LEVEL EDUCATION IN IRELAND 6+ 5 Post Grad Post Grad 4 Degree Honours Degree 3 FETAC Ordinary Degree Degree 3 -6 6 years 2 Higher FETAC Certificate 1 5 No. of Further Institutes of University Years Education Technology Apprenticeships Many Apprenticeships Offered. Seven Phases: Four “on the job” phases and three college phases. The key to getting an apprenticeship is getting a contact. Conclusion Choose courses that accommodate: Skills Interest Career Research is the key to good course selection.