IT, Tralee Provides CAO Advice
CAO Do and Donâ¿¿ts
WITH the Leaving Certificate behind them, and with the CAO application â¿¿Change of Mindâ¿¿ deadline of 1 July fast approaching thousands of students throughout the country should now be condsidering their next step. For many this will mean choosing the right Third Level course and institution. This is a hugely important decision and students are urged to take their time and follow the advice given.
Dr. Oliver Murphy, Registrar in IT, Tralee provides some useful Do and Donâ¿¿ts to help students with their application. Oliver says: â¿¿Students seem to make the same common mistakes every year when completing the CAO form. For example, it is so important to think not only about your first choice but about what courses you would prefer in descending order should you not get your first preference.â¿
With that in mind, here are top 10 Do and Donâ¿¿ts tips from the Institute:
- DO research your course choices in advance. Sites like www.qualifax.ie and www.cao.ie are very useful as well as the website of the Institution you are choosing e.g. www.ittralee.ie
- DO try to visit the college of your choice to get a feel for the environment you will be attending or even try to speak to some students and staff about the college.
- DO apply online, as opposed to paper format - it is cheaper and it does not allow applicants to make mistakes by entering a course code that does not exist.
- DONâ¿¿T leave it to the very last minute, even with the online form as computers can crash!
- DO give yourself as much choice as possible. List a wide range of options at certificate, ordinary and honours bachelors degree level.
- DO put course choices in order of preference with what you really want to do first.
- DON'T try to second-guess what the points will be in August.
- DONâ¿¿T be unrealistic about your choices.
- DO speak to careers teachers, parents or other responsible adults about any changes to your original application.
- DO use the CAO demonstration for the Online Application process before completing your own application. It is an excellent demo and will prepare you for real thing!