Saturday 18 November 2017

John Walshe: This year's Leaving Cert pupils can reap the rewards with more opportunities than ever before

Pupils sitting their exams take heart – there are many more opportunities out there now. Photo: Tom Burke
Pupils sitting their exams take heart – there are many more opportunities out there now. Photo: Tom Burke

John Walshe

This year's batch of Leaving Cert students has more opportunity to pursue different further or higher education paths than were available in the past.

Despite the surfeit of bad news about, things are looking up for our young people, especially those with a Leaving Certificate or higher. In fact, the higher the qualification the better it is when it comes to getting a job.

It's hard to believe that just five years ago youth unemployment reached a record of 31.2pc in Ireland; it was down to 12pc in April. That's still above the lowest level recorded of 6.2pc but it represents a dramatic turnaround in a few short years.

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