This is an incredibly stressful time for parents of Leaving Cert students. You have to help your son or daughter get through their exams successfully and immediately after that, you have to make sure that they are going to get into a course that is right for them. According to the Higher Education Authority, 16% of all first-year students quit their courses and the dropout rate is much higher in science and technology courses.
Although there are many sensational media stories about billionaire dropouts such as Bill Gates and Steve Jobs: college dropouts are much more likely than graduates to be poor, unemployed and in debt. Helping your son or daughter pick a suitable course is one of the most important tasks you will ever have as a parent. We have listed four steps that will help your child to pick the right course.