'Explore all your options -- consider as many degrees and colleges as you can'
My story: Finn Lannon, BA in Economics and Sociology, University of Limerick
Finn Lannon's CAO choice landed him in Seattle, USA, on a seven-month work placement and he is also heading to South Carolina for a semester this year.
"Seattle was a great opportunity," said Finn, who is now in the third year of the BA in Economics and Sociology at the University of Limerick (UL).
The Limerick native was interested in business and economics at school and, when it came to selecting a college course, the chance to do sociology also appealed to him
"I felt that the two subjects would work well together and I also wanted to do a degree that wasn't tied to one field," he said.
The University of Limerick runs a Cooperative Education programme, through which about 2,000 of its students are placed on internships every year. It is one of the largest of its type in the EU.
About one-third of some placements are international, which is how Finn ended up in Seattle, from where he recently returned.
"It was an amazing experience and gave me the chance to learn so much, not only about the subjects I am studying, but about the work environment of several related fields," he said.
Finn's feet are not touching the ground for long. Like other third-level colleges, UL offers study abroad programmes, letting students take a semester in a university overseas.
As a result, Finn is heading off to the University of South Carolina for a semester.
Finn's advice to those filling in their CAO form this month is to "explore your options; consider as many degrees and colleges as you can. Being open-minded makes it easier to choose with confidence what you want from your university experience."