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 Berry from McDonald's to give some advice for people considering this job:


Lisa Berry

Restaurant Manager


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  Lisa Berry

My advice would be it is definitely a job where if you work hard and maintain your ambition you can have a satisfying career.

I think the biggest misconception is that McDonald's is only a job and stop gap to something else.

You will need patience, drive and commitment and be able to adapt to change. The skills you will learn with this job will be lifelong skills.


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Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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FREE CAO Points Calculator App from CareersPortal

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FREE CAO Points Calculator App from CareersPortal

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 

FREE CAO Points Calculator App from CareersPortal

The CAO Points Calculator App (CAOCalc) from is now available for android from the Google Play Store, and also for iPhone from the AppStore.

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