On Thursday October 1st at 7.30pm in St. John’s GAA Club, Ballinteer, I will be holding a free public meeting “Expert Insights On: Future School Subject and CAO Choices”.

When considering which subjects to take at Second Level – on entry and after transition year – it’s critical for students and their parents to make informed decisions as they can have long-term consequences for College and career choices. For example, they should be aware of the benefits of studying the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) so as not to unwittingly exclude potential career opportunities in later life. The choice of CAO courses and subjects is one of the most critical decisions in a student’s career.

A recent study, “Why Students Leave: Findings from Qualitative Research into Student Non-Completion”, surveyed 4,036 students who dropped out of their college course between 2011 and 2014 and found that more than half of them did so over poor CAO choices. Student non-completion is becoming a growing trend in Ireland and highlights the need for more adequate guidance in choosing the best course for the student at a high-pressure time.

Speakers at the meeting will be education columnist/analyst with The Irish Times, Brian Mooney and Senior Lecturer in UCD, Dr. Niamh Moore-Cherry.

All are welcome.

Senator Mary White

Fianna Fáll spokeperson on Jobs Enterprise and Innovation.

An Advocate for a new Approach to Childcare, Ageing & Ageism and sucide Prevention

Tel: +353 1 618 3820
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Email: mwhite@oireachtas.ie

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