International travel might be limited for now but alternatives include taking a gap year, deferring and working or repeating the Leaving Cert.
CAO is not the only game in town

So you didn’t get the course you want. Or you’ve got the course you thought you wanted, but now you’ve changed your mind. Perhaps you don’t really wa(...)

‘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(...)

Irish Times journalists Kitty Holland talks to students at the Higher Options expo.  Photograph: Éanna Ó Caollaí/The Irish Times

Day off school? Don’t mind if I do. Let’s face it: for many students, Higher Options is a welcome respite, where they can hop off the Leaving Cert ju(...)