Peter Mcguire

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Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

This year, students at Higher Options are being urged to consider apprenticeship, traineeship and PLC options. Solas, the further education and trai(...)

Just as in the restaurant, students should consider that they like, what interests them, and what might be a turn-off. Photograph: iStockphoto

When the restaurant menu is so vast, it can be hard to pick your dinner. But what flavours do you like? What textures turn you off? And what is your g(...)

The Irish Times Higher Options exhibitions in the RDS, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

For hundreds of thousands of students, over several decades, the Higher Options fair has been the start of their journey into adult life. It’s here th(...)

Students don’t do enough research and don’t always realise that career planning is a project in itself. Photograph: iStock

Life is about making mistakes and learning from them. But, when it comes to career guidance, where do students tend to go wrong? Jane Downes, author (...)

‘It’s important to remember that your guidance counsellor can also help you to deal with a wide range of personal or social issues that may arise for you during the year.’ Photograph: iStock

Your school guidance counsellor might be your most precious resource during senior cycle. But, outside the fee-paying sector, many schools still are s(...)

Angela Kaya, and daughter Leyla at their home in Ratoath, Co Meath. Ratoath College’s iPad-only policy for junior cycle students has divided parents. Photograph: Alan Betson

At Ratoath College, a 1,000-pupil secondary school in Co Meath, hundreds of parents are locked into a bitter row with school management over its iPad-(...)

Shauna Keogh: “Still, when it came to applying for college courses”. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

“The men of the Smoky Mountains were hunting for ginseng. Deep in the Appalachian range in the US, they do this work because it is lucrative. But, eve(...)

Apprenticeships are industry-led and based around the staffing needs of small, medium and large firms so, almost by definition, all apprenticeships are for roles in high demand. Photograph: iStock

What’s most surprising about apprenticeships? Is it that it took a recession – and the near collapse in the numbers of school-leavers taking them up(...)

Photograph: Al Higgins

My PLC journey - Sarah Breen, bestselling author: “Like many 18 year olds, I hadn’t a clue what I wanted to do with my life when I filled out my CAO (...)

Grief, a major accident, the break-up of a long-term relationship, and moving house. What do all of these have in common? They’re major life transitio(...)

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