Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Sinead Kenny from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:

Sinead Kenny

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Smart Futures

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If it is possible to get some work experience during the summer holidays or weekends, it would be great. Find out if there are any positions (voluntary or otherwise) available in your local IT or University. Get involved in a hobby such as model making, this would be very helpful as it would help with dexterity & impart an understanding of the ways in which different materials interact when assembled together.
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Student Grants - SUSI


SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland) is Ireland’s single national awarding authority for all higher and further education grants. 

The online application system for new and renewal grant applications for the 2017/2018 academic year opened on Monday 3 April, 2017. SUSI offers funding to eligible students in approved full-time third-level education in Ireland and also, in some cases, funding for students studying outside the State. We offer support to all types of students, from school leavers to mature students returning to education.

SUSI is the new centralised online system for processing grant application forms. To view the online application form click here.

The Grant scheme is made up of 2 components:

  • A Maintenance Grant and
  • A Fee Grant.

The Maintenance Grant is a contribution towards the student’s living costs, while the Fee Grant can cover any of the following 3 elements:

  • Tuition fees
  • Student contribution and
  • Cost of essential field trips.

In general, if you qualify for a maintenance grant you will also qualify for whatever elements of a fee grant apply to your situation.

NB: Before making an application, students are encouraged to refer to the Ready Reckoner provided on the SUSI website. The eligibility reckoner is provided by SUSI to assist students in deciding whether they should apply for a student grant. It provides a quick indication of eligibility for grant funding based on the answers given to 10 questions without completing and submitting  a full online grant application. 

To apply for student grant via SUSI click here