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 Donal Og Cusack from Sustainable Energy Authority to give some advice for people considering this job:

Donal Og Cusack

Automation/Energy Engineer

Sustainable Energy Authority

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Donal Og Cusack
Some of the best people I know still aren’t sure what they want to do, my advice would be to give it a go. If you don’t like it you can always try something else. Whatever is in your heart follow it, don’t be something just because someone in your family is. Whether you’re looking to be a leader, a designer or come up with new ideas and a better way of doing things, make sure it’s something that fills you with passion.
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Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Doing the Leaving Cert in 2018

Tools to help Leaving Cert Students

Doing the Leaving Cert in 2018?

Downloading the CareersPortal CAO Point Calculator App will be really helpful and it's absolutely free!

The latest app from CareersPortal.ie is an essential tool for all students of the Irish Leaving Cert.

Designed for both iPad, iPhone and Android, the Leaving Cert CAO Points Calculator does exactly that - it calculates your CAO points based on your subject results.

It’s quick and easy to use. You can input as many subjects as you want from Higher and Ordinary papers and the calculator will work out your top six scores, as used by the CAO.

The Leaving Cert CAO Points calculator is for students who are sitting the Leaving Cert in 2018 and beyond.

The calculator allows for the inclusion of LCVP grades and the 25 bonus points available to those who sit Higher Maths and achieve a H6 grade or greater.

We have not included Foundation level points as these may not be accepted by all colleges and the results may be misleading.

Download it now from iTunes Leaving Cert CAO Points Calculator.

Download it now for android  CAO Points Calculator Android .

A menu system included in the App provides a direct link to the CareersPortal CAO CourseFinder where you can search for the latest information on all current courses. The CourseFinder has loads of filters you can use to drill down and find the perfect courses. 

Examples of some of the filters in the CourseFinder include;

  • New Courses for 2018
  • Which courses accept ordinary level maths
  • Which courses don't require a science subject
  • All courses in a specific region, such as Munster
  • All Level 7 course or all Level 8 courses
  • All courses in a specific subject areas such as busines or enghineering
  • View courses with progression routes from PLC courses
  • You can also use this link to find the final round CAO cut off points from 2017

 The CareersPortal Team

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