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 Donal Og Cusack from Sustainable Energy Authority to give some advice for people considering this job:


Donal Og Cusack

Automation/Energy Engineer

Sustainable Energy Authority

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  Donal Og Cusack
Some of the best people I know still aren’t sure what they want to do, my advice would be to give it a go. If you don’t like it you can always try something else. Whatever is in your heart follow it, don’t be something just because someone in your family is. Whether you’re looking to be a leader, a designer or come up with new ideas and a better way of doing things, make sure it’s something that fills you with passion.

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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Leaving Cert. Grades to CAO Points

Marks Grade Points for
Higher Level
Points for Ordinary Level
90 - 100 H1 / O1 100 56
80 < 90 H2 / O2 88 46
70 < 80 H3 / O3 77 37
60 < 70 H4 / O4 66 28
50 < 60 H5 / O5 56 20
40 < 50 H6 / O6 46 12
30 < 40 H7 / O7 37 0
0 < 40 H8 / O8 0 0

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Distinction 66  

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Merit 46  

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Pass 28  
Note: Best scores from 6 subjects used to calculate points.

Note: 25 Points are awarded to any passing grade in Higher Mathematics, i.e. H6 and above.

QQI / FETAC Grades to CAO Points

The calculation of CAO points from QQI courses is more complex, as the modules may have different credit scores. We recommend using our QQI / FETAC Points Calculator to calculate your CAO points from QQI / FETAC courses.

Calculators for 2016

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