Career Guidance

40All Leinster Senior College students receive unlimited extensive private career guidance from Karl Hegarty, our experienced Guidance Counsellor and Principal.

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.

Guidance Counselling:

  • 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. (Cost of private counselling session is €80).

Enquiry - Career Guidance Appointment

 

Some helpful websites designed to aid career choice:
www.cao.ie   ~  www.qualifax.ie


CAO

  • Normal applications CAO closing date is 1st February 2019 (17:15)
  • Late application CAO closing date is 1st May 2019 (17:15)
  • Change of mind CAO closing date 1st July 2019 (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. Full details of all PLC courses available can be viewed on www.careersportal.ie – applications are made directly to each college.


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

Registrations for HPAT – Ireland 2019 open in early November. Before registering, all applicants must first get their CAO number. You need this number to successfully complete your HPAT – Ireland registration online. The registration fee for the HPAT – Ireland test in 2019 is €120.00 (all taxes and charges included) per candidate.

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.

Agri Careers 2019 Exhibition 14/02/2019 Irish Farmers Journal
TU Dublin School of Creative Arts Portfolio Clinic 14/02/2019 TU Dublin – Dublin City Campus
UCD Science, Computer Science and Actuarial and Financial Studies Open Day 16/02/2019 University College Dublin
February 2019 Mid-term Break – Post-primary Schools 18/02/2019 All Schools
Taster Days (Mid-term break) 18/02/2019 Institute of Art Design & Technology
BEd Interviews at St Marys 18/02/2019 St. Mary’s University College
CIT Postgraduate Fair 2019 19/02/2019 Cork Institute of Technology
Trainee Jockey Course Open Day 19/02/2019 RACE
February 2019 Mid-term Break – Primary Schools 21/02/2019 All Schools
BSc Midwifery CAO Information Sessions 2019 (2 Days) 21/02/2019 National Maternity Hospital
Graduate Career Info Evening – Engineering 21/02/2019 University of Limerick
HPAT Ireland Test Date 23/02/2019 HPAT – Ireland
NCAD Continuing Education CEAD Open Day (Sat) 23/02/2019 National College of Art & Design
HPAT for Medicine Test 23/02/2019 NUI Galway
Audition Preparation Day for DT506 Commercial Modern Music (Sat) 23/02/2019 TU Dublin – Dublin City Campus
Northern Ireland Higher Education Exhibition (2 Days) 24/02/2019 UCAS
UCAS 2019 – UG 2019 Entry Extra Opens 25/02/2019 UCAS
Open Day 27/02/2019 Kerry College of Further Education
Open Day 28/02/2019 Cavan Institute
Open Day 28/02/2019 Pallaskenry Agricultural College
CAO 2019 – Closing Date for Amending Course Choices 01/03/2019 CAO
CAO 2019 – Closing Date for final Completion of Online DARE / HEAR Forms 01/03/2019 CAO
Complete all Elements of Online HEAR Application 01/03/2019 Irish Universities Assoc – Participating Colleges
Indicate your Wish to be Considered for DARE on CAO 01/03/2019 Irish Universities Assoc – Participating Colleges
Open Day 01/03/2019 Kildalton Agricultural College
Masterclass in Palliative Care 01/03/2019 Marymount University Hospital & Hospice
Engineering Week 2019 02/03/2019 Engineers Ireland – STEPS
Open Day 02/03/2019 Pulse College
Aontas Learners Festival 04/03/2019 AONTAS
CAO 2019 – Late Application Facility Opens 05/03/2019 CAO
PLC Further Education Open Day 05/03/2019 Galway Community College
Open Day 05/03/2019 Galway Technical Institute
Trainee Jockey Course Open Day 05/03/2019 RACE
Open Day 05/03/2019 St. John’s Central College
TU Dublin Portfolio Submission Dates (2 Days) 05/03/2019 TU Dublin – Dublin City Campus
Open Evening 06/03/2019 Bray Institute of Further Education
Games Fleadh at LIT 06/03/2019 Limerick Institute of Technology – Tipperary
Open Day 06/03/2019 Mountbellew Agricultural College
Open Day 06/03/2019 North Kerry College Listowel
RDS Primary Science Fair – Dublin 06/03/2019 RDS Ballsbridge
Open Day 07/03/2019 College of Amenity Horticulture – Botanic Gardens
Open Day 07/03/2019 Moate Business College
Open Day 07/03/2019 Westport CFE
Open Day 08/03/2019 Ballyhaise Agricultural College
Carlow Institute of Further Education Open Morning 08/03/2019 Carlow Institute of Further Education
Open Day 08/03/2019 Clonakilty Agricultural College
SciFest at College 2019 – Closing Date for Entry Forms 08/03/2019 SciFest
MSAP Test Date 09/03/2019 MSAP – Mature Students Admissions Pathway
MSAP Test (Mature Applicants to Arts) 09/03/2019 NUI Galway
Portfolio Assessment Dates (5 Days) 11/03/2019 Institute of Art Design & Technology
ASK WIT – QQI-FET Progression Web Chat 12/03/2019 Waterford Institute of Technology
Open Day 13/03/2019 Ballsbridge College of Further Education
Open Day 13/03/2019 Gurteen Agricultural College
Open Day / Interview Day 13/03/2019 Killester College of Further Education
Open Evening / Interviews 13/03/2019 Marino College of Further Education
MSAP Test Date 14/03/2019 MSAP – Mature Students Admissions Pathway
Interviews 15/03/2019 Dunboyne College of Further Education
Open Day 2019 15/03/2019 O’Fiaich Institute
Trainee Jockey Course Open Day 19/03/2019 RACE
Bachelor of Music (MH103) Entrance Test 23/03/2019 Maynooth University
Open Day 28/03/2019 Sligo College of Further Education
WIT Spring 2019 Open Days (Fri & Sat) 29/03/2019 Waterford Institute of Technology
Spring Open Day (Sat) 30/03/2019 Galway-Mayo IT – Galway
CAO 2019 – DARE/HEAR Supporting Documentation to Arrive in CAO Before 01/04/2019 CAO
DARE- Supporting Documents Must be Completed and Returned to CAO by 01/04/2019 Irish Universities Assoc – Participating Colleges
HEAR – Submit Copies of Supporting Documents to CAO 01/04/2019 Irish Universities Assoc – Participating Colleges
Surveying Week at TU Dublin 2019 01/04/2019 TU Dublin – Dublin City Campus
Trainee Jockey Course Open Day 02/04/2019 RACE
OMG I’m Going to be a Doctor or Vet Event 04/04/2019 EUNiCAS
IGC Conference 2019 (Fri & Sat – 2 Days) 05/04/2019 IGC Donegal
Course Interactive Open Day (Sat) 06/04/2019 Athlone Institute of Technology
Information Day (Sat) 06/04/2019 Cavan Institute
Open Day (Postgraduate and Part-time Courses) – Sat 06/04/2019 Institute of Art Design & Technology
Spring Open Day (Sat) 06/04/2019 Maynooth University
Student Teacher Experience Day (Sat) 06/04/2019 MIC St. Patricks Campus Thurles
Open Day (Sat) 06/04/2019 NUI Galway
Spring Open Day (Sat) 06/04/2019 Pontifical University St Patricks College Maynooth
Lifelong Learning Festival Event 07/04/2019 Cork City Learning Forum
Interviews – 1st Round (5 Days) 08/04/2019 St. John’s Central College
Information Evening 09/04/2019 Carlow College – St. Patrick’s
Information Day 09/04/2019 Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute
TU Dublin Blanchardstown Campus – Open Evening 09/04/2019 TU Dublin – Blanchardstown Campus
Open Day 10/04/2019 Ballsbridge College of Further Education
Open Evening 10/04/2019 Bray Institute of Further Education
Open Evening / Interviews 10/04/2019 Marino College of Further Education
TU Dublin Cathal Brugha Street Open Day 10/04/2019 TU Dublin – Dublin City Campus
SciFest at AIT 2019 12/04/2019 Athlone Institute of Technology
Spring Open Day 2019 (Sat) 13/04/2019 Dublin City University
Spring Open Day (Sat) 13/04/2019 Galway-Mayo IT – Letterfrack
Open Day (Sat) 13/04/2019 Institute of Technology Sligo
Spring Open Day (Sat) 13/04/2019 St. Patrick’s Campus DCU
Deadline for Submissions for the May 2019 Issue 14/04/2019 IGC Guideline Magazine
Easter 2019 School Holidays 15/04/2019 All Schools
Trainee Jockey Course Open Day 16/04/2019 RACE
UCAS 2019 – UG, If you Receive all Decisions by 16 March, Reply by 16/04/2019 UCAS
Graduate Career Info Evening – Direct Entry Engineering 25/04/2019 University of Limerick
Taster Sessions 26/04/2019 Mary Immaculate College
TY Open Day 30/04/2019 Dublin City University
Open Day / Interview Day 30/04/2019 Killester College of Further Education
Trainee Jockey Course Open Day 30/04/2019 RACE
CAO 2019 – Closing Date for Late Application 01/05/2019 CAO
Interviews 01/05/2019 Dunboyne College of Further Education
UCAS 2019 – UG, If you Receive all Decisions by 31 March, Reply by 01/05/2019 UCAS
UCAS 2019 – UG, Uni/College Decisions Due on Applications Submitted By 15th Jan 02/05/2019 UCAS
DCU SciFest 2019 Science Fair 03/05/2019 Dublin City University
DkIT Sports Scholarship Application Deadline 03/05/2019 Dundalk Institute of Technology
SAT 2018/19 Subject Tests – May 05/05/2019 SAT CollegeBoard (US Scholastic Aptitude Testing)
CAO 2019 – Online Change of Mind (free) Facility Becomes Available (expected date) 06/05/2019 CAO
Open Afternoon 08/05/2019 Galway-Mayo IT – Castlebar
SciFest at IT Blanchardstown 08/05/2019 TU Dublin – Blanchardstown Campus
North West Career Fest 09/05/2019 IGC Sligo
Open Evening 09/05/2019 Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Creative Broadcast & Film Production Showcase & Screening (2 days) 09/05/2019 Limerick Institute of Technology
ICT in Education Conference (Sat) 11/05/2019 Limerick Institute of Technology – Tipperary
Trainee Jockey Course Open Day 14/05/2019 RACE
Open Day 15/05/2019 Ballsbridge College of Further Education
Open Day 15/05/2019 Kennedy College
Open Day 15/05/2019 National College of Ireland
Interviews – Animal Care (3 Days) 20/05/2019 St. John’s Central College
Open Day 22/05/2019 Blackrock Further Education Institute – BFEI
Open Day / Interview Day 22/05/2019 Killester College of Further Education
RDS Primary Science Fair – Limerick 22/05/2019 RDS Ballsbridge
End of Year Exhibition Opens 22/05/2019 St. John’s Central College
Open Night 23/05/2019 Bray Institute of Further Education
End of Year Exhibition – Open Night 24/05/2019 St. John’s Central College
Interviews – 2nd Round (5 Days) 27/05/2019 St. John’s Central College
Open Day for Mature Students 28/05/2019 St. John’s Central College
Interviews 29/05/2019 Dunboyne College of Further Education
SAT 2018/19 Subject Tests – June 01/06/2019 SAT CollegeBoard (US Scholastic Aptitude Testing)
UCD Summer Schools (for 5th Years) 04/06/2019 University College Dublin
RDS Primary Science Fair – Belfast 05/06/2019 RDS Ballsbridge
Start Date for Certificate Examinations 2019 05/06/2019 State Examinations Commission
UCAS 2019 – UG, If you Receive all Decisions by 2 May, Reply By 06/06/2019 UCAS
Summer School 2019 10/06/2019 Athlone Institute of Technology
Maynooth Summer School 2019 10/06/2019 Maynooth University
Open Day 12/06/2019 National College of Ireland
IADT Open Day (Sat) 15/06/2019 Institute of Art Design & Technology
Open Day 19/06/2019 Ballsbridge College of Further Education
UCAS 2019 – UG, If you Receive all Decisions by 6 June, Reply By 20/06/2019 UCAS
Summer Open Day (Sat) 22/06/2019 Maynooth University
DCU June Open Day (School of Nursing) 25/06/2019 Dublin City University
ASK WIT – for 1st July CAO Change of Mind 2019 (3 Days) 27/06/2019 Waterford Institute of Technology
Summer Open Day 2019 (Sat) 29/06/2019 Pontifical University St Patricks College Maynooth
UCAS 2019 – UG Applications Received after 30 June are Entered into Clearing 30/06/2019 UCAS
CAO 2019 – Change of Mind Closes 01/07/2019 CAO
UCAS 2019 – UG, Last Date to apply in Extra 04/07/2019 UCAS
UCAS 2019 – UG Clearing Opens 05/07/2019 UCAS
UCAS 2019 – UG, International Baccalaureate Results Published 05/07/2019 UCAS
UCAS 2019 – UG Uni/College Decisions Due on Applications Submitted by 30 June 11/07/2019 UCAS
CAO 2019 – Exceptional Closing Date for Late Applic for those Already Attending HEI 22/07/2019 CAO
UCAS 2019 – UG, If You Receive all Decisions by 16 July, Reply by 30/07/2019 UCAS
UCAS 2019 – A Level Results Day 15/08/2019 UCAS
UCAS 2019 – UG, Adjustment Opens 15/08/2019 UCAS
CAO 2019 – Round 1 Offers Available Online from (Expected Date) 19/08/2019 CAO
CAO Offers – ASK WIT Online (3 days) 19/08/2019 Waterford Institute of Technology
CIT Matematics Examination (Provisional Date) 20/08/2019 Cork Institute of Technology
Information Day 21/08/2019 Letterkenny Institute of Technology
Open Day 23/08/2019 Bray Institute of Further Education
UCAS 2019 – UG, Any Remaining Academic Offer Conditions Must be Met 31/08/2019 UCAS
Information Day for Principals & Guidance Counsellors 03/09/2019 Maynooth University
Open Evening 04/09/2019 Bray Institute of Further Education
Information Day 04/09/2019 Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute
Open Evening 11/09/2019 Bray Institute of Further Education
Deadline for Submissions for the October 2019 Issue 14/09/2019 IGC Guideline Magazine
National Ploughing Championships (3 Days) 17/09/2019 National Ploughing Association
Open Evening 18/09/2019 Bray Institute of Further Education
Higher Options 2019 (3 Days) 18/09/2019 Irish Times
UCAS 2019 – UG Final Deadline for 2019 Entry Applications 20/09/2019 UCAS
Open Days (2 Days – Friday & Sat) 04/10/2019 NUI Galway
Careers and Courses Fair 07/10/2019 IGC Kilkenny
Careers Exhibition 10/10/2019 Scoil Ruain
October Open Days (Thurs and Fri) 17/10/2019 University of Limerick
CAO 2019 – Offer Season Ends 18/10/2019 CAO
Open Day 22/10/2019 Inchicore CFE
UCAS 2019 – UG, Last Date to Add 2019 Entry Clearing Choices and for Unis/Colleges to Make Decisions 22/10/2019 UCAS
World Conference on Online Learning 2019 03/11/2019 Dublin City University
Undergraduate Open Day 09/11/2019 University College Dublin
DCU Open Days (Friday and Saturday) 15/11/2019 Dublin City University
Information Day 21/11/2019 Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute
WIT Autumn Open Days (Friday & Saturday) 22/11/2019 Waterford Institute of Technology
Open Days (2 Days Fri & Sat) 29/11/2019 Maynooth University
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