Tuesday 28 March 2017

Pressing pause on my CAO offer made all the difference to my university experience

A 2014 study from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) found that almost half of young people regret the pathways they take after leaving school.
A 2014 study from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) found that almost half of young people regret the pathways they take after leaving school.

Lorraine Courtney

Hopefully you received an offer you can't refuse yesterday but you don't need to go to college straight away.

You can do basically anything else instead, and in a year, college will still be there to go to, or not. There are no solid statistics on how many students defer their course but 432 applicants indicated to the CAO that they would be taking up a 2015 place that was deferred the previous year.

When students are sitting down to put together their CAO list, chances are the only things they'll have to go on are a few days of work experience in transition year and what they've seen on television. One in six students does not progress past first year of a higher education course here in Ireland, but people dropping out of college isn't even the biggest problem.

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