Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Lisa Kelly from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:


Lisa Kelly

Speech and Language

Health Service Executive

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Get some experience working with both children and the elderly and feel comfortable working with both. Throughout college you will take part in clinical placements where you will be required to work with various age groups.

Work hard in school and achieve good Leaving Cert. results in order to get the necessary points for entry into the course.

Research the career thoroughly and arrange to speak with a speech and language therapist to discuss the job further.

Think about the personal characteristics mentioned below that are important for the job and think about whether you possess these characteristics


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Student Grants - SUSI

SUSI are still accepting applications for the 2016/17 academic year. Applications received before the 8th of July will be prioritised. 

Students attending full-time higher education undergraduate/postgraduate courses and full-time Post Leaving Certificate Courses (PLCs) can get financial support through the means-tested Student Grant Scheme.

Grant rates for qualifying students vary according to a number of factors including: household income, family size and whether the student's college is close to their permanent residence.

The Student Grant Scheme is quite a detailed application process so it is crucial that you apply as early as possible if you plan to take-up a course of study.

SUSI is the new centralised online system for processing grant application forms. To view the online application form click here.

The Grant scheme is made up of 2 components:

  • A Maintenance Grant and
  • A Fee Grant.

The Maintenance Grant is a contribution towards the student’s living costs, while the Fee Grant can cover any of the following 3 elements:

  • Tuition fees
  • Student contribution and
  • Cost of essential field trips.

In general, if you qualify for a maintenance grant you will also qualify for whatever elements of a fee grant apply to your situation.

NB: Before making an application, students are encouraged to refer to the General Criteria  and to use the Ready Reckoner provided on the SUSI website. The eligibility reckoner is provided by SUSI to assist students in deciding whether they should apply for a student grant. It provides a quick indication of eligibility for grant funding based on the answers given to 10 questions without completing and submitting  a full online grant application. 

If you are doing a Post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) course and getting the BTEA or a VTOS allowance you are exempt from the new student participant charge (€200). You may have to pay a course charge for books, exam fees and other costs.

To apply for student grant via SUSI click here
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