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 Deirdre Sayers from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:


Deirdre Sayers

Primary School Teacher

Department of Education and Skills

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  Deirdre Sayers
Do not go into teaching solely for holidays, and definitely not if you want to be rich! You need to like children be patient, kind and be able to work with many types of people.

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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Higher Ed & CAO Courses

Video courtesy CAO (2014 edition)


If you are considering starting your third level education, then you will have to choose courses from the CAO system (the majority of first year undergraduate courses) or, directly from individual colleges (a smaller number of 'Direct Entry' courses, mostly fee paying).

Direct Entry Course Search

You can search for first year undergraduate direct entry courses from the link provided below however, No 'official' list of Direct Entry courses exists - we produce this following list to assist you, according to information we find through our own research.

The CAO is a service used by colleges to sort out thousands of applications for hundreds of courses in a fair and equal manner. There are strict procedures in place to ensure fairness, which you can explore from the links on this page.

CAO courses provide awards a Levels 6, 7 and 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications. 

There are a number of resources available to help you make choices for the CAO. To explore additional options outside the CAO system you will have to make your applications directly to the relevant college.

There are a number of additional resources available to help you make choices for the CAO: