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The final term is an ideal time for Transition Year and Fifth Year students to focus on some detailed career exploration. At this stage of the school year you will have undertaken lots of careers work in school so you will have a good idea of the many resources online to help you with your research at this stage.

 

The best way to approach your career exploration at this stage is to be as open as you can to the many possibilities available to you. Delve into a number of career sectors to look at the range of jobs that exist in each one. If you have a clear idea of what you might like to do after school, great, but don’t let that stop you from looking at lots of options as you may change your mind. If you don’t have an idea what you want to do at this stage don’t worry, that’s very normal. You have plenty of time to come up with ideas. My advice is start with yourself. It is likely that you have already done some self-assessment tests in school looking at your interests, skills, personality traits, aptitudes and so on. If not, you will find them on www.careersportal.ie, www.qualifax.ie, www.yooni.ie and on the Exit Entry App, which you can download to your phone. They help to get you thinking about options that might suit you but there isn’t one test that will give you the answer about what you want to do. They are a starting point in your research. Once you have an idea of career sectors that peak, delve in deeper to find out more.

Explore websites that are linked to particular sectors and start following them on social media. There are lots of them but some good examples include www.languagesconnect.ie, www.smartfutures.ie, www.engineersireland.ie, and www.tourismcareers.ie.

Attend virtual spring open days, taster days and career events in the colleges. There are several coming up in this term which are aimed at TY and Fifth Years. Check out the events calendar on www.qualifax.ie or www.careersportal.ie to plan ahead.

Watch, listen and chat! You are spoiled for choice with the multitude of webinars, podcasts and live Q&A sessions available online so while you have some spare time use it wisely to get informed. Sign up for the www.careernews.ie newsletter to get regular updates. Foróige have a great selection of career information webinars in 15 different career areas during April and May so check them out on social media.

Participate in online short courses which will enhance your CV and help you to get an insight into possible career options. Exit Entry has partnered with IBM and P-TECH Ireland to bring four industry-recognised digital badges which are accredited in areas such as cybersecurity and visual design. A national competition will be launched on April 19 to encourage students to complete the badges on the Exit Entry App. It also has a section with virtual work experience opportunities. MTU Crawford College Art and Design is offering a free TY Portfolio Preparation course for anyone interested in art from tomorrow (Monday) to Friday 23.

Keep a record of your research by creating a folder on your phone for links, questions, courses of interest, so you can keep track of all the options that appeal to you.

 

 

 

 

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Killarney allocated over €600,000 for public outdoor dining

By Sean Moriarty The plan to place council operated outdoor dining on Kenmare Place took a step closer to reality this week. On Wednesday Fáilte Ireland revealed that 38 Municipal Districts were successful in their funding applications. Killarney is set to receive €604,505 under the scheme which is managed by the national tourism promotion body. […]

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The plan to place council operated outdoor dining on Kenmare Place took a step closer to reality this week.

On Wednesday Fáilte Ireland revealed that 38 Municipal Districts were successful in their funding applications.

Killarney is set to receive €604,505 under the scheme which is managed by the national tourism promotion body.

“The aim of this Scheme is to support tourism and hospitality jobs and help businesses develop new ways of catering for domestic and international tourists outdoors. Access to outdoor dining facilities will continue to be a key part of industry recovery as we look forward to 2022 and beyond,” said Minister for Tourism Catherine Martin at Wednesday’s announcement.

Elected members of Killarney Municipal District are scheduled to meet in the coming weeks and more details of the project will be revealed after this meeting.

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Student grants and renting

Supports Available It’s that time of year where parents and their school leaving children are preparing for college for the first time. The main financial support for students or their parents is the Student Grant from SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland). SUSI typically accepts late applications up until November. This is a means tested grant […]

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It’s that time of year where parents and their school leaving children are preparing for college for the first time. The main financial support for students or their parents is the Student Grant from SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland). SUSI typically accepts late applications up until November. This is a means tested grant which may cover the fees (student contribution) and provide maintenance.

The limits that apply to the grant vary, but if the student was coming from a family with less than four dependent children, in order to qualify for the maximum rate of grant the total net income in the previous tax year would have to have been €39,875 or less. That refers to both the parent’s income and the student’s income, however €4,500 of the student’s income which they earn outside term time e.g. during the summer will be disregarded.

PUP

If the student was getting the PUP payment because they lost their part-time job due to the pandemic, this is taken into account. Currently there are no disregards allowed for PUP payments. If there is more than one student attending college from the same household, the limit may be increased by €4,830.

Maximum Student Grant

There are actually two different maximum rates of grant. There are referred to as the adjacent and non-adjacent rate. The adjacent rate is for students living within 45km of the college and the non-adjacent rate is for students living more than 45km from the college. The adjacent rate is €3,025. The non-adjacent rate is €1,125. There has always been a special higher rate of grant for disadvantaged students.

Student Assistance Fund

Yes, separate from the Student Grant from SUSI the colleges have access to the Student Assistance Fund. Students can apply directly through their college for assistance with expenses such as books or laptops. Typically, this involves completing an application form and going for a short interview in the college. There are no set amounts of funding under this scheme. The college will assess each application on its own merits.

Renting for the First Time

Don’t be tempted to pay a deposit or sign a tenancy agreement until you have seen the property. If you are signing a tenancy agreement check if you want to live in the property for the time period stated on the agreement, check for early break clauses. Make sure you have correct contact details for the landlord. If you chose to leave the property early you may lose your deposit.

Deposits

The landlord should only retain the deposit or part of it to cover any damage to the property beyond normal wear and tear. The tenant should take pictures of the property before they move out as evidence of the condition they left the property in.

Rents

There are different rules depending on whether the property is in a Rent Pressure Zone or not. A Rent Pressure Zone (RPZ)  is an area where rents cannot be increased by more than general inflation. At the beginning of a new tenancy in a RPZ, a landlord is required to provide the tenant, in writing, with the amount of rent that was last set. For a tenancy not located in a Rent Pressure Zones a landlord may increase the rent in line with market value once every two years.

For anyone needing information, advice or have an advocacy issue, you can call a member of the local Citizens Information team in Kerry on 0761 07 7860. The offices are staffed from Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm, email tralee@citinfo.ie or log on to www.citizensinformation.ie for further information.

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