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 Lisa Kelly from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:
Get some experience working with both children and the elderly and feel comfortable working with both. Throughout college you will take part in clinical placements where you will be required to work with various age groups.
Work hard in school and achieve good Leaving Cert. results in order to get the necessary points for entry into the course.
Research the career thoroughly and arrange to speak with a speech and language therapist to discuss the job further.
Think about the personal characteristics mentioned below that are important for the job and think about whether you possess these characteristics
What are your interests?
The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
DARE is an alternative third level education admissions scheme. It offers places on a reduced points basis to school leavers under 23 years, with a disability that has had a negative impact on their education at second level.
The scheme is available for entry to 24 participating colleges and universities as follows:
DARE is for school leavers under the age of 23 with a disability, who have been educationally impacted as a result of that disability. Applicants to DARE can present with an Irish Leaving Certificate, A-Levels and/or other EU qualifications.
Requirements for DARE
Evidence of Disability: A full Psychological Assessment Report of any age that clearly states that the applicant presents with a Specific Learning Difficulty (other acceptable terminology includes: Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Specific Learning Disability/Disorder).
Evidence of Educational Impact: Educational Impact Statement signed off by the applicant’s school. The Educational Impact Statement is used to determine if you meet DARE criteria for educational impact of your disability. The Educational Impact Statement also helps to determine appropriate supports at third level.
How do I apply for DARE?
To apply to DARE you must agree to the DARE Terms and Conditions. Applicants applying to DARE must:
Be under the age of 23 as of 1 January 2019.
Apply to the CAO by 17:15 on 1 February 2019.
No later than 17:15 on 1 March 2019, disclose your disability and/ or specific learning difficulty in your CAO application and fully and correctly complete Section A of the Supplementary Information Form (SIF). To apply to DARE, you must answer YES to Question 1 (‘Do you wish to be considered for DARE?’) on Section A of the fully completed SIF by 17:15 on 1 March 2019.
Download Section B Educational Impact Statement (EIS) and have your school complete the form. Return the EIS to CAO to arrive by 17:15 on 1 April 2019.
Download Section C Evidence of Disability, and have it completed by the appropriate medical professional (only if you do not already have a report verifying your disability which meets the DARE criteria). Return it to CAO to arrive by 17:15 on 1 April 2019.
Applicants with a specific learning difficulty are asked to provide a full psychological assessment of any age completed by an appropriately qualified psychologist instead of the Section C Evidence of Disability form. This report must be accompanied by attainment scores from tests administered by your school and/ or an appropriately qualified psychologist.
Click here for more detailed information on DARE and information on language exemptions.
Note:Eligible students can apply for bothHEARandDARE. Those eligible for both schemes will be prioritised under new criteria now in place.
DARE Application Timetable 2018/19
From November 2018
CAO applications open from 45 November 2018 at 12 noon. Intending applicants are advised to:
1. Review the current DARE Handbook - it is a good idea to do this with your parent(s)/guardian(s).
You must indicate your wish to be considered for DARE by ticking YES to Question 1 and complete Section A (Questions 1-5) of the Supplementary Information Form (SIF) on www.cao.ie.
By 1 April 2019
Return your fully completed, signed and stamped documents to The CAO, Tower House, Eglington Street, Galway, by 17.15pm:
1. Educational Impact Statement (Section B)
2. Evidence of Disability (Section C) or other evidence of disability. Make sure your documents are clear and can be easily read. Please number each page and write your CAO application number, name and the date on the front of each page.
Faxed/ emailed documents are not accepted.
Assessment of DARE applications takes place. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of June.
Late June 2019
DARE review and appeals process opens.
End June /Early July 2019
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of review and appeals.
Leaving Certificate Exam Results
Eligible DARE applicants compete for reduced points places
CAO Offers are made to eligible DARE applicants
Course offers are made and should be accepted through the CAO
Late August /Early September 2019
Attend College Orientation and register with Disability Support Services