Wednesday 24 January 2018

THE GOING TO COLLEGE PODCAST EP 2: Which college course is right for you?

In the second of a four-part Going to College podcast series, the Irish Independent's John Walshe discusses with education experts what the latest CAO offers mean and what students can do next.

Joining John on this week's show is guidance counsellor, Betty McLaughlin, Kevin Keane, TCD Students Union President, and Colette Harrison, Manager of Awards and Certification with Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI).

"The usual popular courses are still as popular as ever," says McLaughlin.  "But, there has been a cooling down of the points race for the students with the new system."

75% of of the 52,374 college offers being made to students are in their first three choices but, the panel cautions, be careful of the course offer that you do accept in the end.

"One would worry about students who might feel bounced into taking a college offer just because they had it on their list," says Harrison.  "You might be better off picking something that excites you but is on a different road."

It's something that the panel agrees with, highlighting the importance of picking a course that excites you and that you have a real passion for.

"People can become seduced by marquee courses that maybe they don’t have a particular passion for," says Keane.  "Alternative routes can make a lot of sense to people."

Students have a week now to decide what college offers to accept and they should take time out to consider their options carefully.

The four-part Going to College education podcast series is in association with QQI – promoting quality and accountability in Irish education and training.  Subscribe to the series on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher or via the RSS Feed.

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