Career Guidance

32All Leinster Senior College students receive extensive and unlimited career guidance from our Guidance Counsellor / Principal Karl.

Karl is also available to external students for career guidance on a private basis. Tel: 045 487 811 – 087 637 9590 or email: guidance@leinsterseniorcollege.ie for details.

Make informed decisions
No matter what you decide to do after school, it is important that you make informed decisions.  Career choice decision-making is an ongoing process from transition year onwards. Guidance Counsellors help you to recognise the range of options available to you. These options include Subject Choice for LC, Career Inventory Tests that determine your strengths and values,  and Informed CAO advice. Feel free to contact Karl re appointments.

Career Guidance :

  • Interview session exploring experiences, interests, personal qualities & strengths, skills & talents
  • Learning Preferences Assessment
  • Career Aspirations/Preferences
  • Behavioural Driver Questionnaire
  • Multiple Intelligences Development Assessment – how do you see your strengths, abilities & interests
  • Work Values Checklist
  • Aptitudes Assessment/Psychometric Testing
  • Goal setting, action planning
  • Selection of Undergraduate Courses tailored for your interests and values
  • Recommendations on Subject Choice
  • Study Skills

Please call Karl on 087 637 9590 to discuss your individual requirements or contact him below.

A good place to start – Four Key questions

  1.  Could you describe yourself in three words?

 

2.   What Career Driver is important to you?  {Look at the list below}

 

 

Material

Rewards

 

Power/

Influence

Inspiration

Authority

Meaning

Importance

Value

Expertise

Knowledge

Capable

Creativity

Inventiveness

Affiliation

Connection

Attachment

Autonomy

Self -sufficient

Independent

Security

Guarantee

Status

Prestige

Significance

 

3.  Can you list your values?

4.  What career will allow you to express your values?

Enquiry - Career Guidance Appointment

 

 


CAO

Cao on line Application Facility Opens 5th November

  • Normal applications CAO closing date is 1st February 2020 (17:15)
  • Late application CAO closing date is 1st May 2020 (17:15)
  • Change of mind CAO closing date 1st July 2020(17:15)

Before filling in the CAO application it is vital to research the various choices available. Some students will have a clear idea of the area in which they want to work, others will consider several options, and some will be undecided. In the latter case it may be best to opt for more general degrees. The CAO should be completed with a full range of options, allowing for both dream, realistic and safe courses. All CAO places are allocated based on the genuine order of applicants’ preferences, indicated in their course choices.

Each student will receive a CAO Handbook. The handbook will be an invaluable guide to the process of applying for courses in the HEI’s participating in the central application service. Read it carefully and keep it to hand for future reference. You will find the answers to most of your questions in it. In addition, the CAO website www.cao.ie contains a wealth of information for applicants as well as links to information pages on HEI websites, and other external websites. The CAO is an important process thus research your course choices carefully and use all of the resources available to keep yourself informed.

Minimum Entry Requirements – Universities

National University of Ireland (UCDublin, UCCork, NUI Galway, NUI Maynooth):

The minimum entry requirement for the universities that are part of the National University of Ireland (NUI) is six subjects, including English, Irish and (possibly) a third language. In two of these subjects, students must have achieved grade H5 and at least a grade H7 or O6 in four other subjects. Many courses also require a third language. There may be additional course requirements, such as maths, or a science subject for specific courses.

University of Limerick (UL), Trinity College Dublin and DCU:

The minimum entry requirement for is six subjects. Students must have achieved at least a grade H5 in two of these subjects (in three for TCD and the B.Ed. in DCU). Subjects must include a grade O6 in English, Maths* and a language other than English.
*Foundation level maths is accepted for some courses.

Minimum Entry Requirements – Institutes of Technology (IOT’s)

Level 8 (Honours Degree) courses: students generally require a minimum of grade H5 in two subjects and grade O6/H7 in four other subjects, including maths and either Irish or English.
Levels 6 and 7 (Higher Certificate and Ordinary Degree): students require five grade O6/H7, including maths and Irish or English

Make sure you have the ENTRY REQUIREMENTS which must be satisfied before “points” are considered.

If all Entry Requirements are met an applicant is deemed ‘Qualified’ to apply.

Remember: Place your course choices in genuine order of preference. You should not put down courses on the basis of your predictions of next year’s cut off points or your own points scores.

Students can also apply for Post Leaving Certificate (Level 5/6 NFQ) courses. PLC courses are NOT on the CAO form.


Courses outside Ireland

Students interested in studying in the UK go to www.ucas.com. Applications are made in the online system. The application process takes time so do not leave it to the last minute. Applications should be sent to UCAS by one of these dates – depending on what course you apply for:

  • 15th October at 18:00 for the universities of Oxford, Cambridge or any professional course in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine/science.
  • 15th January at 18:00 for the majority of courses.

Students who are interested in European colleges can go to www.eunicas.ie and to study in the US www.collegeboard.org.

Go to www.accesscollege.ie to find out if you qualify for the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) and/or the Disability Access Route to Education (DARE).


HPAT-Ireland

WHEN DO I NEED TO REGISTER FOR THE HPAT?

Registrations for HPAT-Ireland will open in early November. Standard registrations will close at 5.15 pm GMT on Sunday 20 January. Late registrations will be accepted until 5.15 pm GMT on Friday 1 February on payment of a late fee.

Exceptional late registrations will be accepted until 5.15 pm on Sunday 3 February. An exceptional late registration will only be accepted from candidates who have submitted their application to the CAO by 5.15 pm  on Friday 1 February.

It will NOT be possible to register for HPAT – Ireland after registrations close at 5.15 pm  on Sunday 3 February.

 

For more information go to www.hpat-ireland.acer.edu.au


Open Days

Throughout the year attend college Open Days. Open days are an excellent opportunity to learn more about the colleges you are interested in and the educational opportunities they offer, to talk with staff and students and to get a real feel for life on the campus. There will be a lot to do on the day so get a guide to what is happening before you go, these can normally be downloaded from the college website, and you can then plan which talks to attend and which departments to visit. Write down any questions you have about the college, course, accommodation etc.

 

Open Days (2 Days – Friday & Sat)    04/10/2019    NUI Galway

SAT Subject Tests    05/10/2019    SAT CollegeBoard (US Scholastic Aptitude Testing)

Family Open Day (Sat)    05/10/2019    Ulster University Belfast       

Equine Industry Information Day – Galway    08/10/2019    Horse Racing Ireland HRI       

Teagasc Autumn Open Day    11/10/2019    Agricultural College

Equine Industry Information Day – Downpatrick    11/10/2019    Horse Racing Ireland HRI

Open Day    11/10/2019    Shannon College of Hotel Management       

Open Day (Sat)    12/10/2019    University College Cork       

       

UCAS 2020 – Entry Deadline for the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and for most courses in Medicine, Veterinary Medicine/Science &Dentistry    15/10/2019    UCAS       

Equine Industry Information Day – Punchestown    16/10/2019    Horse Racing Ireland HRI

Open Days (2 Days – Fri & Sat)    18/10/2019    Athlone Institute of Technology

Open Day    18/10/2019    St. Angelas College Sligo

       

UCAS 2019 – UG, Last Date to Add 2019 Entry Clearing Choices and for Unis/Colleges to Make Decisions    22/10/2019    UCAS

UCD Science, Computer Science, Actuarial & Financial Studies Open Evening    22/10/2019    University College Dublin

OMG We are Going Dutch Dublin    23/10/2019    EUNiCAS

Games, Animation, Creative Media & VFX Industry Careers Days (2 Days – Wed & Thurs)    23/10/2019    Limerick Institute of Technology Tipperary

Open Day    25/10/2019    Institute of Technology Tralee       

HPAT Ireland 2020 Expected Standard Registration Period    01/11/2019    HPAT Ireland

GMIT Mayo Campus Open Day    02/11/2019    Galway-Mayo IT Castlebar

NCAD Portfolio Information Sessions    02/11/2019    National College of Art & Design

SAT Subject Tests    02/11/2019    SAT CollegeBoard (US Scholastic Aptitude Testing)

 

CAO 2020 – Change of Course Choices (Free) Facility Opens    05/11/2019    CAO

CAO 2020 – Online Application Facility Opens    05/11/2019    CAO

       

DkIT Campus wide Open Day 2019    08/11/2019    Dundalk Institute of Technology

Try Architecture at WIT    08/11/2019    Waterford Institute of Technology       

Undergraduate Open Day (Sat)    09/11/2019    University College Dublin

Open Day    12/11/2019    TU Dublin – Blanchardstown Campus

Open Day    14/11/2019    Carlow College St. Patricks

Open Day    14/11/2019    Institute of Technology Carlow Carlow Campus

NUI Galway Information Evening – Kildare    14/11/2019    NUI Galway

Dublin School of Creative Arts Open Day & Portfolio Clinic    14/11/2019    TU Dublin City Campus

Leaving Certificate Music Day    14/11/2019    Waterford Institute of Technology

Open Day    15/11/2019    CIT Crawford College of Art & Design

CIT Open Day 2019    15/11/2019    Cork Institute of Technology

DCU Open Days (2 Days – Fri & Sat)    15/11/2019    Dublin City University

CIT Cork School of Music Open Day (Sat)    16/11/2019    CIT Cork School of Music

2019 Open Day (Sat)    16/11/2019    Marino Institute of Education

Open Day (Sat)    16/11/2019    St. Patricks Campus DCU       

Open Evening    19/11/2019    Shannon College of Hotel Management       

Open Evening    20/11/2019    Irish College of Humanities & Applied Sciences

CAO Open Day    20/11/2019    National College of Ireland

Open Day & Interviews    20/11/2019    Sallynoggin College of Further Education

Information Day    21/11/2019    Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute

Open Day    21/11/2019    Institute of Technology Carlow Wexford Campus

LYIT Open Day    21/11/2019    Letterkenny Institute of Technology

GMIT Letterfrack Open Day    22/11/2019    Galway-Mayo IT Letterfrack

CAO Open Day    22/11/2019    Griffith College Dublin

Open Days (2 Days – Fri & Sat)    22/11/2019    Institute of Art Design & Technology       

WIT Autumn Open Days (2 Days – Friday & Saturday)    22/11/2019    Waterford Institute of Technology       

Open Day at LIT Thurles Campus (Sat)    23/11/2019    Limerick Institute of Technology Tipperary

Open Day (Sat)    23/11/2019    Lir National Academy of Dramatic Art

MIC Thurles Open Day (Sat)    23/11/2019    Mary Immaculate College

Open Day (Sat)    23/11/2019    MIC St. Patricks Campus Thurles

Open Day (Sat)    23/11/2019    Portobello Institute

Trinity Open Day (Sat)    23/11/2019    Trinity College Dublin

Undergraduate Open Day (Sat)    23/11/2019    University of South Wales

Open Day (Sat)    23/11/2019    Waterford College of Further Education

UCD Computer Science Open Evening    26/11/2019    University College Dublin       

NCAD Open Day 2019    27/11/2019    National College of Art & Design

Open Days (2 Days – Fri & Sat)    29/11/2019    Maynooth University

Autumn Open Days (2 Days- Fri & Sat)    29/11/2019    Pontifical University St Patricks College Maynooth

TU Dublin Annual Open Days (2 Days – Fri & Sat)    29/11/2019    TU Dublin City Campus

Open Day    03/12/2019    Dublin Business School

Open Day (Every Wednesday)    04/12/2019    Roslyn Park College

Open Evening    05/12/2019    Irish College of Humanities & Applied Sciences       

SAT Subject Tests    07/12/2019    SAT CollegeBoard (US Scholastic Aptitude Testing)

Engineering Week    09/12/2019    Limerick Institute of Technology       

Construction Day    10/12/2019    Limerick Institute of Technology       

Trinity Pharmacy TY Placement Application Deadline for Spring Placement    31/12/2019    Trinity College Dublin

HPAT Ulster – Health Professions Admissions Test Late Registration Period    02/01/2020    HPAT Ulster

2020 Undergraduate Open Day    03/01/2020    Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Open Day    07/01/2020    Dublin Business School

CAO Information Evening    07/01/2020    University College Dublin

BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2020    08/01/2020    BT Communications Ireland Limited

CAO Information Evening    08/01/2020    Maynooth University       

NCAD Portfolio Information, Workshops & Clinics    09/01/2020    National College of Art & Design       

Open Day – Limerick Campus (Sat)    11/01/2020    Mary Immaculate College       

Open Evening – LIT Clonmel Campus    14/01/2020    Limerick Institute of Technology Tipperary       

Open Day    15/01/2020    Blackrock Further Education Institute BFEI       

DCU Information Evening for CAO Applicants    15/01/2020    Dublin City University

Open Evening    15/01/2020    Letterkenny Institute of Technology

UCAS 2020 – Entry Deadline for all UCAS UG courses, except those with 15 Oct Deadline    15/01/2020    UCAS

UCAS 2020 – Entry Deadline for Most UG Dance, Drama or Musical Theatre Courses    15/01/2020    UCAS

Information Evening & PLC Interview Preparation Seminars    16/01/2020    Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education       

NUI Galway Information Evening – Limerick    16/01/2020    NUI Galway       

Open Day (Sat)    18/01/2020    Institute of Art Design & Technology       

CAO Open Day (Sat)    18/01/2020    National College of Ireland

UL Open Day (Sat)    18/01/2020    University of Limerick

CAO 2020 – Discounted Application Available up to    20/01/2020    CAO

HPAT Ireland 2020 Expected Late Registration Period    20/01/2020    HPAT Ireland

Enrolment Day    21/01/2020    Colaiste Ide College of Further Education       

Open Day    21/01/2020    Inchicore CFE       

CAO Information Evening    22/01/2020    Institute of Technology Carlow Carlow Campus       

Portfolio Clinic 2020    23/01/2020    TU Dublin City Campus       

HPAT Ulster – Health Professions Admissions Test Day    25/01/2020    HPAT Ulster       

UCAS 2020 – Receive all Decisions by 3rd Jan, Reply by this date    31/01/2020    UCAS

CAO 2020 – Normal Closing Date for Applications    01/02/2020    CAO

CAO 2020 – Online Change of Course Choices (free) Facility Closes    01/02/2020    CAO       

CAO 2020 – Online Facility to Amend Course Choices Available (fee)    05/02/2020    CAO    

Portfolio Submission Deadline 2020    07/02/2020    National College of Art & Design

Open Day    13/02/2020    Portobello Institute

UCD Science, BAFS & Computer Science 6th Year Open Day (Sat)    15/02/2020    University College Dublin      

Taster Days (4 Days – Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs)    17/02/2020    Institute of Art Design & Technology

Trainee Jockey Course Open Day    19/02/2020    RACE       

HPAT Ireland 2020 Expected Test Date (Sat)    22/02/2020    HPAT Ireland       

UCAS 2020 – Extra Opens    25/02/2020    UCAS

Trainee Jockey Course Open Day    26/02/2020    RACE

Try Art at WIT    26/02/2020   

Engineers Week 2020    29/02/2020    Engineers Ireland STEPS

Engineers Week at IT Sligo    29/02/2020    Institute of Technology Sligo

CAO 2020 – Closing Date for Amending Course Choices    01/03/2020    CAO

CAO 2020 – Closing Date for Completing of Mature Applicant Section    01/03/2020    CAO

CAO 2020 – Closing Date for Final Completion of Online DARE HEAR forms    01/03/2020    CAO       

Portfolio Submission 2020 (2 Days – Tues & Wed)    03/03/2020    TU Dublin City Campus       

CAO 2020 – Late Application Facility Opens    05/03/2020    CAO

Enrolment Day    05/03/2020    Colaiste Ide College of Further Education

Open Day    05/03/2020    Moate Business College       

Teagasc Spring Open Day    06/03/2020    Ballyhaise Agricultural College

Teagasc Spring Open Day    06/03/2020    Clonakilty Agricultural College       

Teagasc Spring Open Day    06/03/2020    Kildalton Agricultural College       

Spring Open Day    11/03/2020    Gurteen Agricultural College

Open Evening / Information Session    11/03/2020    Marino College of Further Education

Trainee Jockey Course Open Day    11/03/2020    RACE       

Teagasc Spring Open Day    12/03/2020    College of Amenity Horticulture Botanic Gardens       

Open Day    13/03/2020    Carlow Institute of Further Education       

CAO 2020 – HEAR DARE Supporting Docs to Arrive in CAO    15/03/2020    CAO       

Portfolio Assessments (5 Days)    23/03/2020    Institute of Art Design & Technology

Trainee Jockey Course Open Day    25/03/2020    RACE       

Student Teacher Experience Day – Thurles Campus (Sat)    28/03/2020    Mary Immaculate College

Music Entrance Test MH103 (Sat)    28/03/2020    Maynooth University

Student Teacher Experience Day (Sat)    28/03/2020    MIC St. Patricks Campus Thurles

Undergraduate Open Day (Sat)    28/03/2020    NUI Galway

WIT Spring Open Day (Sat)    28/03/2020    Waterford Institute of Technology       

Open Evening / Information Session    01/04/2020    Marino College of Further Education

Spring Open Day 2020 (Sat)    04/04/2020    Dublin City University

GMIT Letterfrack Open Day (Sat)    04/04/2020    Galway-Mayo IT Letterfrack

Be a Student for a Day – Open Day (Sat)    04/04/2020    Institute of Technology Sligo

Spring Open Day (Sat)    04/04/2020    St. Patricks Campus DCU       

Trainee Jockey Course Open Day    08/04/2020    RACE

Trainee Jockey Course Open Day    15/04/2020    RACE

Open Day    16/04/2020    Portobello Institute       

BA in Musical Theatre Entrance Test C130 (3 Days – Thur-Sat)    23/04/2020    CIT Cork School of Music

BA Popular Music Entrance Tests (3 Days)    23/04/2020    CIT Cork School of Music

BA in Theatre & Drama Studies Entrance Tests CR700 (2 Days Fri & Sat)    24/04/2020    CIT Cork School of Music     

BMus Degree Course Entrance Test CR121 (Sat)    25/04/2020    CIT Cork School of Music

Spring Open Day    25/04/2020    Institute of Technology Tralee

Spring Open Day (Sat)    25/04/2020    Maynooth University

Spring 2020 Open Day (Sat)    25/04/2020    Pontifical University St Patricks College Maynooth       

CAO 2020 – Closing Date for Late Applications    01/05/2020    CAO

DkIT Sports Scholarship Application Deadline    01/05/2020    Dundalk Institute of Technology

SAT Subject Tests    02/05/2020    SAT CollegeBoard (US Scholastic Aptitude Testing)

CAO 2020 – Change of Mind Facility Available    05/05/2020    CAO       

Spring Open Day    09/05/2020    Institute of Technology Carlow Carlow Campus

Open Day    12/05/2020    Dublin Business School       

Open Day    14/05/2020    Institute of Technology Carlow Wexford Campus       

Animal Care Interviews 2020 (3 Days – Wed/Thurs/Fri)    20/05/2020    St. Johns Central College

Enrolment Day    21/05/2020    Colaiste Ide College of Further Education       

UCD Summer Schools (for 5th years) – 4 Days    02/06/2020    University College Dublin

Start Date for Certificate Examinations 2020    03/06/2020    State Examinations Commission

SAT Subject Tests    06/06/2020    SAT CollegeBoard (US Scholastic Aptitude Testing)

AIT Summer Schools 2020    08/06/2020    Athlone Institute of Technology       

Maynooth Summer School 2020 (5 Days)    15/06/2020    Maynooth University       

DCU June Open Day    25/06/2020    Dublin City University

Summer Open Day (Sat)    27/06/2020    Maynooth University

Summer 2020 Open Day (Sat)    27/06/2020    Pontifical University St Patricks College Maynooth

UCAS 2020 – Entry Applications received after 30 June are entered into Clearing    30/06/2020    UCAS

CAO 2020 – Change of Mind Facility Closes    01/07/2020    CAO

UCAS 2020 – Last date to apply in Extra    05/07/2020    UCAS       

CAO 2020 – Exceptional Closing Date for Late Applications (HEI Attendants)    22/07/2020    CAO       

UCAS 2020 – A Level Results Day    13/08/2020    UCAS

UCAS 2020 – Adjustment Opens    13/08/2020    UCAS       

SAT Subject Tests    29/08/2020    SAT CollegeBoard (US Scholastic Aptitude Testing)

UCAS 2020 – Remaining Offer Conditions Met & Adjustment Ends    31/08/2020    UCAS       

UCAS 2020 – Final Date for 2020 Entry Applications    21/09/2020    UCAS

Career Guidance - Leinster Senior College