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We asked Donal Kane from Construction Industry Federation to give some advice for people considering this job:


Donal Kane

Plumber / Construction Super.

Construction Industry Federation

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Once you’re willing to listen, take advice and work hard there are many options for career paths / future development.

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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1st February CAO Deadline Restricted Application Courses

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1st February CAO Deadline Restricted Application Courses

Thursday, January 15, 2015 

1st February CAO Deadline Restricted Application Courses

Certain college courses are classified as Restricted-Application Courses.

These are courses that have early assessment procedures as part of getting into the course, such as an interview, or a portfolio assessment.

Because the assessment may take place as early as February in the year you are applying, these courses cannot be applied for after February 1st, either by a Late Application, or by a Change of Mind*.

A Full List of Restricted Application Courses is available HERE

CAO applications for a Restricted-Application Course will only be considered if:

a. It has been included among your original course choices by the 1st February


b. It has been added to your existing application not later than the final date for correction of errors or omissions - normally 1st March (see CAO Handbook pages 15 and 27).

Exception*: If a restricted course shares the exact same assessment procedures with a course you had applied for by 1st February (fulfilling conditions a) or b) above), you may be permitted to introduce it on a Change of Mind. You should consult with the relevant HEI before introducing such a course.

CAO applicants should receive their Statement of Course Choices by 15th February. It is the applicants responsibility to ensure that any Restricted-Application Course they had listed in their application is present and correct by 1st March. 

Restricted-Application Courses which are included in Late Applications are invalid choices and will not be considered.

The early assessment procedures for Restricted Application Courses usually take place around Easter. Students are advised to check the relevant course details.

A full list of the KEY DATES for 2015 is available here.

The CareersPortal Team