Many Leaving Cert students are still uncertain where their academic interests lie, and often proceed to third-level out of the fear of being left behind or losing contact with their peer group. Photograph: iStock

It may come as a surprise to many parents and students, but I often recommend that students who have secured an offer from the CAO of one of their cou(...)

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Whether you receive the offer you want from the CAO or are having second thoughts about the course you chose, it is worth noting that further educatio(...)

There are plenty of options available to those who take a different route and  explore other areas. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

It is worth taking time to think about your post-school options as there are a myriad of routes into quality employment, not all through the CAO. Con(...)

Kate Hayes: freelance TV producer, currently working with Coco TV. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh Occupation: Musician and TV presenter. As lead singer with Irish trad band Danú since 2003, Nic Amhlaoibh (37) has toured th(...)

Bright future: a digital media content manager can earn up to €75,000, says Sigmar Recruitment

If you are keen to pursue a course in the arts and humanities, it is likely that you are choosing your subject for its own sake rather than as the st(...)

The vast majority of further education courses offer progression back into a CAO course through reserved places. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Further education has some excellent options for Leaving Cert students who haven’t yet got a CAO offer. All further education (FE) colleges are still(...)

Aisling Cassidy, graduate in Visual Merchandising, at the DIT Graduate Exhibition, LIFT OFF

For some people, creative arts is more than a career choice: it’s a vocation. Visually-minded artistic types are spoilt for choice, although as many(...)

TV3’s Colette Fitzpatrick (right) with students on the ‘Debate Week’ set at the National Film School in the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology (IADT)

Religion is a power for good in the world. All drugs should be legalised. Men can’t be feminists. And it’s not possible to have a world-class educatio(...)