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Leaving Cert Subjects and Grades 
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Senior Cycle Subjects - An Overview 
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Senior Cycle Subject Choice - LCVP 
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LC Subjects-The Irish Times 
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Careers News
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New Leaving Cert Points Scale 
Careers Articles
10 Essential CV Writing Verbs 
CAO Summary and Checklist  
CAO - Change of Mind Tips 
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Alternative Study Routes 
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STEM Education in Ireland 
Careers Using the Irish Language 
Job Hunting and Interviews  
Third Level Grants
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Students with Disabilities  
Third Level Scolarships 
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Going to College... 
College Accomodation 
Incoming 1st Year Students
First Year Options 2017 
Detailed Information on Junior Cert Subjects 
10 tips for parents of children starting secondary school 
Transitioning from Primary to Secondary School 
Waterford Support Services
Support Services in Waterford 
Study & Exams
Stress Fact Sheet  
Study Tips 
Avoid Exam Stress 
Relax Body & Mind 
Study Abroad
Why Study Abroad? 
Study in the UK 

Why Study Abroad?

As well as giving you the fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture and experience an entirely new world, studying abroad can have a dramatic impact on your job prospects. Here are a few benefits:

Language Skills

With technology developing at a dizzying rate and ease of travel continually bumping up intercultural knowledge, a global mindset is a valuable quality in the eyes of employers. Many companies have a foothold in a multitude of countries, making language skills absolutely key.

Even if you are not going overseas to study a language, you will pick up some of the local dialect. This is great news post-university as candidates with another language often fare well in the job hunt.


Studying abroad demonstrates that you are flexible; that you are content and capable wherever you might be. Whether you navigate public transport strikes or alter your schedule to fit around a siesta, you will come back having learned to adapt to new situations and jump obstacles with ease.

Employers might need you to drop everything to go to a last minute meeting or make a snap decision about whether you’ll be attending an event at the other end of the country – or even overseas. Companies will be more prepared to hire someone who can prove their flexibility and is happy to say ‘yes’ than those unwilling to do so.

Workplace Skills

Some cities are renowned for specific qualities. Barcelona is known as a cultural city brimming with artistic treasures while London is identified with business and first-rate education facilities. This makes studying at business schools in the UK an attractive option for overseas students looking to enhance their business skills and employment prospects.

Wherever you decide to study abroad, you can rest assured you will return home at the end of the year with improved communication skills, sky-high confidence levels, and a wealth of cultural knowledge – all of which could fast-track your CV to the top of the pile.


Sure, you’ve learned how to do your own washing and can rustle up a mean spaghetti bolognese, but that’s not a patch on studying abroad. The ability to get on a plane, jet off to a foreign country and be willing to call it home for the next few months is a valiant and admirable feat – and something that will not be lost on recruiters.

From renting a home in a foreign language to standing on your own two feet in unfamiliar territory, a year abroad screams autonomy. Independence is a key attribute employers look out for and, while teamwork is equally important, firms like to know they are taking on people who can work without constant direction and support.


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