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Return to career research to explore options fully

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Leaving Cert students are busy over the Easter holidays preparing for orals and practicals, as well as trying to focus on study and revision. It is a great idea to allow some time in your schedule to return to your research on courses, colleges and careers. The process is different for everyone. Some of you have a clear idea of what pathway you would like to take, others have no idea. If you don’t know, don’t panic, you still have lots of time. There is so much choice out there now that it is easy to get confused and feel overwhelmed. There are lots of great resources available to help you on this journey towards making effective career choices and lots of routes that will take you to the career you really want if you don’t manage to get into it directly.

 

SELF ASSESSMENT

If you are still unsure about what you want to do or what might suit you, start with some self-assessment. While they don’t give you a definite answer as to particular careers or courses you should choose, they will give you plenty of suggestions that you can research further. Think of them as part of the jigsaw. You will find a range of skills, interests and personality trait tests, all of which are free, on www.careersportal.ie, www.qualifax.ie, www.yooni.ie and on the Exit Entry App. By completing them you will get suggestions for sectors, career areas and courses that match your responses. They will generally include a variety of CAO courses at levels 6, 7 and 8, Post Leaving Cert (PLC) courses in Colleges of Further Education, apprenticeships and traineeships, which you can then filter down.

Have a Plan A, B and C

If you have an idea of what pathway you would like but are concerned about a potential rise in CAO points, now is the ideal time to look at your backup plans. Remember we won’t know the points for 2021 until the Round 1 offers come out after the Leaving Cert results and that is completely out of your control. What is within your control however is making sure you have a plan A, B and C. Cover all bases by filling up all 20 choices on your CAO form. The CAO Change of Mind facility opens on May 5 and you will be able to make changes up to July 1. Apply for PLCs (www.fetchcourses.ie) and explore the ever growing number of choices on www.apprenticeships.ie. Consider applying to college in Europe where applications are still open. You will find helpful information on www.eunicas.ie and www.medicalpoland.ie. While the deadline for most courses in the UK has closed you may apply to www.ucas.com later in the summer when they open their clearing system.

Be rigorous in your research at this stage. Examine closely the detail of all courses, particularly the entry requirements, modules throughout the course, work placement, study abroad options and career opportunities. Many colleges are running one to one Q&A sessions for prospective students which you book online, and recordings from virtual open day talks as well as virtual campus tours are available on college websites. As well as the sites mentioned above you can also check out specific career and college application webinars on www.synergycareers.ie. Take a look at an extensive selection of very informative and short video guides on www.classroomguidance.ie. Explore a variety of really helpful career guidance podcasts on Instagram from @leavingcertguidance, @farrellycareerguidance, and @yooni.ie.
It is also a great idea to check in with your guidance counsellor in school early in the next term to clarify any confusion, answer your questions and to reassure you that there is a life after the Leaving Cert and an exciting one at that!

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Who’s in your circle?

    Are you happy and where you want to be with your health, where you want to be financially or are you going through the motions each day, unsure of your purpose? Are you supported by others when you’re struggling or only supported by others when things are going well?Are you looking forward to […]

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Are you happy and where you want to be with your health, where you want to be financially or are you going through the motions each day, unsure of your purpose?

Are you supported by others when you’re struggling or only supported by others when things are going well?
Are you looking forward to the next five, 10, 20 years of your life?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, I encourage you to look around at the people you spend your time with. Your time is your most expensive asset. Your mind is your most expensive real estate.

With whom you spend your time, and those that you permit to impact your thoughts and decisions will have a great impact on your life.

From the outside looking in, our gym culture is the most difficult health benefit for others to understand.
Now more than ever all our brains are fed is chaos, division, selfishness and negativity. We can’t have that here. Those that thrive in that environment aren’t a good fit for us, and they won’t last long here. Either they’ll leave on their own, or we’ll tell them it’s time to go.

Years ago, when I was struggling with some people decisions (personally and business); one of my mentors told me something that continues to stick with me. It’s since been something I have said to people many times;
“The people that have helped you get to where you are may not be the same people that can help you get to where you want to go.”

Ask yourself these three questions;

* Who’s in your circle?
* Who do you need to start spending less time with?
* In order to get where you want to be, what kind of people do you need to start spending more of your time with?

Now it’s time to get to work. Start spending less time with those dragging you down. Start surrounding yourself with the people that won’t condone your behaviours that aren’t consistent with your goals, support your work ethic, help you to learn from your failures and will be excited to celebrate your successes.

When you are ready, we are here to help. Book your complimentary consultation by visiting our website www.activate.ie.

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Get on your bike from The Rose Hotel!

  There’s an energetic way to explore Tralee and its surrounds this summer as a new bike rental company has teamed up with The Rose Hotel. Tralee Bike Rental have opened a new bike kiosk located at the hotel where visitors and locals can now hire a bike. “This is a fantastic service for our […]

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There’s an energetic way to explore Tralee and its surrounds this summer as a new bike rental company has teamed up with The Rose Hotel.

Tralee Bike Rental have opened a new bike kiosk located at the hotel where visitors and locals can now hire a bike.

“This is a fantastic service for our customers and we are thrilled to be part of this new collaboration with Tralee Bike Rental. We wish Maurice and his team the very best of luck, and I know all our guests and visitors to Tralee are going to really enjoy this new service exploring Tralee and its surrounds,” Mark Sullivan, General Manager, The Rose Hotel, said.

Tralee Bike Rental have a fleet of comfortable, top quality Hybrid Bikes – ideal for a leisurely cycle, and power assisted eBikes. For families, child seats or trailer for the little legs that can’t cycle yet can be provided!

“We are thrilled to have our new business, Tralee Bike Rental, located on the grounds of The Rose Hotel,” Maurice Whelan, Tralee Bike Rental, said.

“With so many visitors coming to Tralee, we feel this will be a fantastic service and partnership. Included in the bike rental is access to a self-guided tour via our App, which has preloaded moderate and more energetic cycling tours of Tralee.”

The Rose Hotel have a new package, Tralee Activity Break, with bike hire included. You can book this package online at www.therosehotel.com or call 066 7199100.

To contact Tralee Bike Rental, visit www.traleebikerental.ie or call 085 2605817.

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Currow kids go toddling to raise vital funds

  70 toddlers from Currow Play School have become Ireland’s littlest fundraisers as they stepped out to raise vital funds for vulnerable children. They took part in the Barnardos Big Toddle which this year has the theme of ’Community Helpers’. Barnardos currently works with just under 18,000 children and families across Ireland and the funds raised will support Barnardos Early Years […]

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70 toddlers from Currow Play School have become Ireland’s littlest fundraisers as they stepped out to raise vital funds for vulnerable children.

They took part in the Barnardos Big Toddle which this year has the theme of ’Community Helpers’.

Barnardos currently works with just under 18,000 children and families across Ireland and the funds raised will support Barnardos Early Years services.

“This year, Currow Play School turns 25 and we have been taking part in Barnardos Big Toddle since 2006, which is 18 years of toddling in aid of vulnerable children,” Catherine Fleming form Currow Play School said.
“Our toddle is a highlight for the children and the team every year. It’s fantastic to get the little ones involved in something so worthwhile at a young age, it’s always a great day of fun. Barnardos provides a huge number of services in communities across Ireland, but these can only continue with help from the public. The toddle runs throughout June so I would implore anyone with toddlers or wobblers at home to sign up for Barnardos Big Toddle supported by Pipin Pear today.”

Anyone wishing to take part can register today at www.barnardos.ie/bigtoddle.  

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