Guidance Service

Career Guidance Service, Senior Cycle students.​

Welcome to Career service. We will try to offer useful information on these pages to help you in the process of making decisions about your future Career.

IMPORTANT NOTICE
Always check with the colleges own websites and/or prospectuses to make sure information is up to date.  Courses can change in content or name; courses may be dropped; new courses may be added; entry requirements may change and points often change from year to year.  It is your responsibility to check the information is current and correct.

This is an important year for 6th year students.

Take your time and examine all the information available.

Talk to students who are studying courses in which you may be interested.

Go to some of the Open Days, these help you get a feel for the college and give you the opportunity to ask Lecturers and Staff about the courses in more detail.

Talk to people who are working in jobs you think you would like.

Try to get some Work Experience in an area you are interested in even if only for a weekend or a day or two over holiday period.

There are a number of very helpful and good websites that can be used.

Careers Portal
www.careersportal.ie
For Self- Assessment tests (finding out what careers may suit your skills, interests and aptitudes) use careersportal.ie
This is also very good for finding out about the day to day work involved, skills and knowledge required for different careers and college courses that link in to these Careers.
There are videos of people working in certain careers and interviews with people who work in different career areas.
There is also lots of helpful advice on study skills and exam preparation.

Qualifax
www.qualifax.ie
This site is really good to find courses anywhere in the country and at any level from PLC (level 5) through levels 6 (Higher Certificate) through level 7 (Ordinary Degree) to level 8 (Honours Degree).
The ‘Useful Tools’ section gives a Points Calculator as well as a list of the Minimum Subjects required for courses. You will also get information on HEAR (Higher Education Access Route to education) and DARE (Disability Access Route to Education) as well as Grants on this site.

SUSI
www.susi.ie
This is the website for applying for the Grant. The online application is not open yet but there is a lot of information on how you are eligible and what forms parents need to submit.

CAO
cao.ie
This is the website to use when applying for Universities and Institutes of Technology in Ireland.
There is a huge amount of information on this site plus video presentations on how to fill out the CAO application form.
Applications need to be submitted by Jan 20th for reduced fee of E25.00 or by Feb 1st for E40.00.
It also provides information on HEAR and DARE.

UCAS
www.ucas.co.uk
This is the website you need if you are trying to get information on Universities in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
It also has the online application form which needs to be completed and submitted by Oct 15th for Medicine courses and by Jan 15th for all other courses.

EUNICAS
www.eunicas.com
This is the site to find information about going to college anywhere else in Europe.
In recent years many European Universities have opened their doors to students coming from other countries. Many have courses presented through the medium of English, their qualifications are recognised and the fees and cost of living is often much less than here in Ireland thus offering a real alternative for students and parents.
Different dates and application processes are involved so careful reading and contact with eunicas advisors are important.

All 3rd level Colleges have their own web sites and should be used often and extensively. Courses should be checked for what you will be studying. Check especially MODULE DESCRIPTORS for each course.

DARE CLINICS
University College Cork are running a number of information workshops for students and parents who may wish to apply to college using the DARE route. These advice clinics are very helpful in understanding the process. The system is the same for all colleges accepting DARE and many students will apply to more than one college anyway.
The clinics are all taking place in Western Gateway Building G04 in UCC from 6pm to 8pm.

Next clinics

Monday 26th October
Monday 9th November
Monday 23rd November

Information for First Year Parents

The following are a set of slides that parents can use to help with the transition to Coláiste Dún Iascaigh.
Please find the slides here..

CAO Presentation
Senior Cycle Choices
Economics Slides
Society and Politics Slides