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 Claire Howlin from Forestry Careers Ireland to give some advice for people considering this job:

Claire Howlin

Forest Management Planner

Forestry Careers Ireland

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Claire Howlin
Go for it. There is nothing to lose. If you enjoy the outdoors, forestry will really suit you. On the other hand, if you would rather be in the office, there are many jobs within the sector like mine so it is a win-win situation. The forestry degree course is very broad so donít think of it as stand-alone forestry. The course could lead you in so many directions you wonít believe how many doors will open up for you. When selecting work placement, be clever about where you do it. Research the company. Why not ask them if you can continue to work with them through the summer increasing your chances of being hired. The forestry sector is very strong at present and is set to get even stronger so for me a course in Forestry is seriously worth thinking about.  

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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CAO Change of Mind deadline 1st July 2018

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CAO Change of Mind deadline 1st July 2018

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 

CAO Change of Mind deadline 1st July 2018

CAO applicants are reminded that the Change of Mind deadline is 1st July at 5:15 pm.

This free facility offers applicants the opportunity to add, remove or change the order of their course choices. [Some restrictions apply].

Applicants are advised to think carefully about introducing new courses or changing their order of preference at this stage in the application process.

Helpful tips: 

  • Make sure to carefully check your application and ensure that all of the course codes are correct and listed in order of preference.
  • When entering new courses or editing existing course choices applicants must list ALL courses on the New Choices list.
  • Use the online Change of Mind facility – it is quicker, easier and helps to reduce the opportunity for applicant error.
  • Carefully read any correspondence from CAO, including the ‘Statement of Course Choices’ which is sent to applicants after amendments are made to CAO course choices. Applicants will also receive an email showing these changes.

Leaving cert results will be available on Wednesday 15th August 2018. 

What happens next?

The date for Round 1 CAO Offers is 20th August. Applicants will be notified by post and e-mail if they have received an offer and will have until 5:15 pm on 24th August to register an acceptance.

Applicants who do not receive an offer in Round 1 will receive a Statement of Application Record which they must carefully check and notify CAO of any errors or omissions. The expected date for Round 2 Offers is 29th August.

Click here for a list of important KEY DATES

Download the FREE Leaving Cert Points Calculator 

This clever app allows the user to instantly calculate CAO Points based on their Leaving Cert results. The easy to use interface takes the stress out of making mistakes when calculating points on results day!

CAO Not for You? ...

PLC Courses offer another route to Third Level

Higher Education or CAO courses are not the right choice for everyone. There are a huge variety of Further Education Courses (FET) which offer independent qualifications on the national framework and can be used to progress directly into employment. These courses also provide another route into Third Level for students.  

Interested in an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is a programme of formal education and training. It combines learning in your place of work, with learning in an education or training centre. On successful completion of a number of phases of training, apprentices become recognised craftspeople or professionals. With so many new types of apprenticeships coming on stream the earn and learn route can be an attractive option to students. 

The CareersPortal Team