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 Aoife Mc Dermott from Department of Education and Skills to give some advice for people considering this job:


Aoife Mc Dermott


Department of Education and Skills

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  Aoife Mc Dermott
The most important thing is that you like your subject area! It?s also important to do as well as you can throughout your degree. For example, I applied for PhD scholarship during my final year, so they were looking at my first, second and third year results. Finally, I find that liking people helps a lot.

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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Be prepared for Leaving Cert Results Day with FREE CAO Points Calculator

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Be prepared for Leaving Cert Results Day with FREE CAO Points Calculator

Friday, July 31, 2015 

Be prepared for Leaving Cert Results Day with FREE CAO Points Calculator

Students, be prepared- The CAOCalc app is an essential item for Leaving Cert results Day!

The very successful CAO Points Calculator available on the website has now also been developed as a clever app, allowing 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. The clever app uniquely provides easy access to the Course Search Wizard on the CareersPortal website, for detailed course and related Points Information.

Download NOW!...

Click on the image below to download it FREE from Google Play Store: 

Download CAOCalc FREE for iPhone here:

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 CAOCalc App is an invaluable tool for students for both Leaving Cert results day and for full updates on CAO course offers.  


CAO First Round Offers ~ 17th August 2015 

Calculate your LC Points quickly and easily 

Includes direct links to updated course points

available from 6.00am on 17th August 2015

 Leaving Cert Results - What's Next?

The CareersPortal Team