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Shane Callanan

Electronic Engineer

Smart Futures

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  Shane Callanan
Being an Engineer is a great career choice. It offers so many opportunities both in Ireland and world-wide. Most positions will have terrific travel opportunities after a few years experience under your belt, and if you choose you course carefully your qualification will be recognised by employers all over the globe. Also an engineering qualification will open doors into management roles if that is your preferred career choice, but the reverse is not the case (if you do a course outside of engineering, you will probably not be able to branch off into engineering a few years after graduating).

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CAOCalc App Now Available for Android Phones

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CAOCalc App Now Available for Android Phones

Monday, January 12, 2015 

CAOCalc App Now Available for Android Phones

The CAO Points Calculator App (CAOCalc) from is now available for android from the Google Play Store.

The very successful CAO Points Calculator available on the website has now been developed as a clever app that allows the user to calculate CAO Points based on their Leaving Cert results.

This FREE CAOCalc app has an easy to use interface, allowing the user to obtain their total points quickly and efficiently.

To get the PointsCalc App absolutely Free on your device right now:

  • Click on the image below to go the Google Play Store

  • Search for CAOCalc
  • Download and install the app to your device

Download CAOCalc for iPhone here:

The clever app uniquely provides easy access to the Course Search Wizard on the CareersPortal website, for detailed course and related Points Information.

App Features:

  • Allows Higher Level, Ordinary Level and Link Module Grades to be calculated
  • Bonus Points for Higher Level maths option
  • SMS Text results feature
  • Twitter and Facebook Links
  • Colleges Direct Link
  • Help and About Topics

How to use:

Enter your Maths Grade first, followed by any Links Modules taken, and all other grades. The app will immediately calculate and display the top 6 for the CAO.


The CAO PointsCalc App and the online CAO Points Calculator are invaluable tools for students as the Leaving Certificate and CAO deadlines approach.

 The CareersPortal Team