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Tracey Roche

Design Engineer

Analog Devices

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3 main things:

1. Be organised.

2. Try to keep a positive attitude.

3. Persevere. Working in a Design Evaluation role or indeed any electronic engineering role, requires problem-solving skills and half the battle with this is having a positive attitude. If you have a negative/pessimistic attitude, the battle to find a solution is lost before you even start. In debugging an issue, start with the basics and work from there. Like peeling an onion, gradually peel off the outter layers to reveal the inner core of the you work, you get more clues and develop a better understanding of the product/issue you are working on.


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4,817 offers issued in CAO Round Zero today

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4,817 offers issued in CAO Round Zero today

Thursday, August 03, 2017 

4,817 offers issued in CAO Round Zero today

A total of 4,817 offers have been issued by CAO today (3rd August) to 3,990 applicants.

The offers will be available to view online from 6am on August 3rd, and successful applicants will also receive a paper offer notice by post, email and a text message (if they have selected this option) with details of their offer.

Round Zero offers concern applicants who are not competing with those awaiting 2017 Leaving Certificate examination results or who are assessed on other criteria - the applicants who fall into this category include graduate entry medicine applicants, additional mature applicants, deferred and Access applicants, and applicants presenting QQI FET/FETAC qualifications for consideration for entry to courses with a quota for QQI FET applicants.

This year there were 3,180 Level 8 offers and 1,637 Level 7/6 offers issued in Round Zero.

The reply date by which applicants must accept their offer is the 10th August at 5:15 pm.

Speaking about the offer process, CAO general manager Joseph O’ Grady commented;

“We urge all mature, deferred, and other applicants to log in to their CAO accounts after 6 am today to check if they have received a Round Zero offer.

“QQI FET/FETAC applicants who applied for a course with a quota for QQI FET applicants should also check their account.

 “Offers must be accepted by 5:15 pm on Thursday next, August 10th – failure to accept an offer by the reply date will result in the offer being cancelled” he added.

To date, a total of 12,731 offers have been issued by CAO in Round A and Round Zero to a total of 10,321 applicants.

For all other successful applicants, Round One offers will be issued on Monday, August 21st. Round One offers will be available to view online from 6 am on August 21st, and successful applicants will also receive offer notification by email and text message (if they have selected this option), as well as by post.

CAO updated points will be available here from 6am on August 21st

The reply date for Round One offers is August 28th at 5:15 pm.

Round Two offers will be available to view online from August 31st at 6am.

For more information about the CAO offer and acceptance process see video guide below:

The CareersPortal Team