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 Mary Ita Heffernan from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

Mary Ita Heffernan

Social Worker

Health Service Executive

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Mary Ita Heffernan

Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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Leaving Certificate - CAO Application Data

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CAO Course Trends

Below is an interactive graph which displays CAO Course Preference data by subject area, by year and by course level.

You can sort the data using the following buttons at the bottom of the graph:

  • Total Applications: Displays all applications for courses in this subject area, regardless of order/preference.
  • First Preference Applications: Represents only those who included this course /area as a first preference.
  • First Round Offers: Displays the actual number of students offered places in First Round Offers
  • Yearly Change: Displays increase / decrease in number of applications from same period in the previous year

Move your mouse over the bars for additional information...


Footnotes:

  • Figures are released for 1st Feb (before students use the change-of-mind facility), and in August after first round offers have been made.
  • All data relating to CAO course offers in this chart are Round 1 offers only.