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 Catherine Ahearn from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:
If you’re unsure of whether or not you’ll like the area you’re thinking of studying in, try some beginner online courses or lessons such as those on Coursera. Trying out things that you mightn’t have had much exposure to in school, like coding, can really help you decide if it’s for you.
What are your interests?
Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and are drawn to commerce, trade and making deals. Some pursue sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or in management roles in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
The HEAR scheme is an admissions route into college for school leavers who, for social, financial or cultural reasons, are under-represented in third level education. Colleges participating in the scheme set aside a quota of places with reduced points and make these available to eligible students. HEAR is not a maintenance grant.
The scheme is available for entry to 23 participating colleges and universities as follows:
HEAR is for school leavers under the age of 23 as of 1 January of the year of application who are resident in the Republic of Ireland. HEAR applicants must meet a range of financial, social and cultural indicators to be considered for a reduced points place and extra college support.
Requirements for HEAR
HEAR applicants are assessed under six headings or indicators:
1. Income: Is your household income on or below the HEAR income thresholdin the year prior to application?
2. Medical/GP Visit Card: Does your family have a Medical card or a GP Visit card?
3. Social welfare:Has your family received a means-tested social welfare payment from the DSP in the year before your application?
4. Socio-economic Group: Do you belong to a group that is under-represented in Higher Education?
6. Area: Do you live in an area with high unemployment, poverty and limited community facilities?
To be eligible under the HEAR scheme, you must meet Indicator 1 above plus a specific combination of 2 other indicators. Applicants must also meet the minimum entry requirements to the colleges of their choice.
How do I apply for HEAR?
Applicants applying for HEAR must:
Be under the age of 23 as of 1 January 2019.
Apply online to CAO by 17:15 on 1 February 2019. CAO applications open on 5 November 2018 at 12 noon.
No later than 17:15 on 1 March 2019, indicate in your CAO application that you wish to be considered for the HEAR scheme and fully and correctly complete all elements of the online HEAR form. Once you have completed the HEAR application form, a checklist will appear on screen telling you which documents you need to supply.
Post your supporting documents to arrive in CAO no later than 17:15 on 1 April 2019.
Apply to the CAO by 17.15pm on 1 February at www.cao.ie
By 1 March 2019
Complete all elements of the online HEAR Application Form by 17:15 on 1 March.
Gather all supporting documents relevant to your application.
By 1 April 2019
Submit copies of supporting documents to CAO, Tower House, Eglinton Street Galway by 17:15 on 1 April. Make sure your copies are clear and can be easily read. Please number each page and write your CAO application number and the date on the front of each page. Faxed/ emailed documents are not accepted.
Keep the original of all documents and obtain a certificate of posting from An Post every time you post supporting documents to CAO.
For confirmation that the documents you posted arrived safely in CAO, enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard with details of the documents you have submitted.
HEAR Application Assessment.
Late June 2019
Applicants notified of outcome of HEAR Application.