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 Michael Bohane from BioPharmachem Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:

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BioPharmachem Ireland

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Be prepared for responsibility and the rewards and problems that come with responsibility. It is very important to be comfortable making decisions and living with them. While it is impossible to be right all of the time the majority of decisions you make have to be correct.

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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Advice for Parents and Students Awaiting Leaving Cert Results

Be prepared and informed before the results arrive

Advice for Parents and Students Awaiting Leaving Cert Results

Click here to read our Leaving Cert Guide 2018

The long wait is finally coming near the end for 2018 Leaving Cert students. In a week’s time the results will be released. Nervous anticipation will be building in households across the country as students and parents alike eagerly await as the next chapter is yet to be written.

You will be required to make some tough decisions in the coming weeks. Here at CareersPortal we have all the information you need to support you and help you make informed decisions for your future. 

Start here and get a heads up on what to expect next week when the results are out.

How will I receive my results?

  • Results will be made available to students on Wednesday 15th August.
  • Results are issued to your school or education provider early in the morning. Check in with your school to find out what arrangements they have in place to release results to students.
  • Alternatively exam candidates can access their results online. Results are available from 12:00 midday on 15th August, using the SEC Online Results service, click here. You will need your PIN and exam number to access results. (All candidates were issued with their PIN before sitting their exams.)
  • Your results will also be sent to the Central Applications Office (CAO) in preparation for the course offers process.

Your Results Envelope

  • You will receive a Statement of your Results and an Appeals Application Form.
  • Note: Results appear in the H1/01, H2/02 … grading system. You will not receive your percentage grade. You also will not receive your points. You will need to add up your points yourself.

To find out how to calculate CAO points click here


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Download the CareersPortal Points Calculator to accurately add your points.

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Leaving Cert Appeals Process

When you receive your results you will also receive an Appeals Application Form. If you feel that your results do not accurately represent your performance in the exams and you would like to appeal a grade, you can apply to do so by completing this form and returning to your school. Completing this form allows you to view your script/s. Completing this form is the first step in the appeals process. To read more about appealing a grade click here.


CAO Offers and the Acceptance Process

  • CAO Round One offers will be made online at 6:00am on Monday 20th August 2018. Offers will also be posted and sent by SMS text.
  • The cut-off points for courses will be available online here from 6.00am, and on the CAO website.
  • Applicants have until 5.15pm on 24th August to accept or reject this offer.
  • Further rounds of offers from the CAO continue until all course places are filled.
  • Applicants who have not received an offer will receive another Statement of Application Record.

To help you to understand how the CAO course offers process works, click here or watch this short video from CAO

The Offer and Acceptance Process from CAO on Vimeo.


CAO Vacant Places

Every year CAO have vacant places available. New courses are sometimes added after the CAO Change of Mind deadline and sometimes not enough people apply for the available places on courses. So it is always worth checking out the list of vacant places. To access the list click here and to find out more about CAO vacant places click here.


Money Matters

To find out about how to fund your college education and the grants available click here.

Note: Susi is still accepting applications for the 2018/19 academic year.


Other Options

Sometimes not everything goes according to plan. Here is a list of other options that you may need to consider


The IGC / NPCpp HELPLINE number 2018 1800 265165

The Institute of Guidance Counsellors and the National Parents Council post primary helpline will be open again this year to offer help and advice, for the six days following the Leaving Cert results.

The CareersPortal Team









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