Business, tech jobs surge in CAO race
School-leavers are signing up in their thousands for courses in computers, business and engineering to secure well-paid jobs at home and abroad.
A record 52,289 offers are being made by the CAO today, with points for many hi-tech, business and construction-related courses jumping this year.
One course, in particular, symbolises the aspirations of many young Irish people with ambitions to travel - DCU's degree in Global Business (USA), which has leapt to 590 points.
But it's not only the hi-tech and business areas that are flourishing, with one of the more traditional careers, nursing, also in big demand.
Arts is the biggest casualty of the demand for courses leading more directly to jobs. Arts in UCD has dropped to 320 points and in Maynooth University it is down to 330.