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 Eileen Faherty from Construction Industry Federation to give some advice for people considering this job:

Eileen Faherty

Electrician / Quantity Surveyor

Construction Industry Federation

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Eileen Faherty
My advice would be that if you are not afraid of hard work that construction can be a very rewarding industry. It is a constantly changing industry which is interesting to work in.

To be a QS the main values would be to be interested in dealing with financial data and be happy to work as part of a team. Having an interest in construction generally outside of the commercials will also help as it keeps you interested in the projects you are working on apart from what they cost.

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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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