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 Alan O'Neill from Bord Iascaigh Mhara to give some advice for people considering this job:


Alan O'Neill


Bord Iascaigh Mhara

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  Alan O'Neill
Some may think that you can go untrained into fishing. The best advice I would give people considering fishing as a profession is to get training. Fishing is an all encompassing career - when you need to go fishing, the rest of your life goes on hold unfortunately. It is very unpredictabe because you could be fishing non stop for three weeks and tied up for two.

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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Monday, August 17, 2015 


To view the FULL LIST OF 2015 POINTS FOR ALL CAO COURSES and see if the points are up or down from last years points click here.



There was a total of 79,214 applicants to the CAO this year which is an extra 1,237 students applying for a total of 1397 college courses.

These are made up of 925 courses at Level 8 and 472 courses at Level 6 and Level 7.

52,028 applicants will receive an offer in Round One today with some applicants receiving both a Level 8 and a Level 6/7 offer.  There have been a total of 40,599 level 8 offers and 34,595 Level 7/6 offers in Round One.  

Level 8 round one first preference offers: 20,523 (31,916 receiving pref 1, 2, or 3)
i.e. 50% receiving pref 1, 79% receiving pref 1,2 or 3.

Level 7/6 round one first preference offers: 29,133 (33,421 receiving pref 1, 2, or 3)
i.e. 84% receiving pref 1, 97% receiving pref 1,2 or 3

FIRST ROUND offers are available to view this morning 17th August from 6am on .

CAO applicants can check to see if they have received an offer by going online and logging on to their account using the ‘My Application’ facility.

Successful applicants will also receive an offer notification via email and SMS text if they have selected this option on their application form. Paper offer notices will reach the majority of applicants today; if an applicant has not received an offer they will receive a ‘Statement of Application Record’ in the post.

Students have until Monday 24th August at 5.15pm to accept first round offers. 

Round Two Offers will be available on Thursday 27th August to view on line and should also arrive by post and must be accepted no later than 5.15pm on Wednesday September 2nd.


Applicants who choose to accept an offer must do so by the reply date of Monday next, August 24th at 5:15pm, and you can accept your offer online or by post, but you must not do both. The majority of applicants will accept online – last year 99% of applicants recorded their acceptance online.

Applicants may receive more than one offer (level 6/7 and level 8) but only one acceptance may be recorded in each round, i.e. applicants may not hold two places at once and so must choose which offer to accept. If an applicant returns two acceptances in the same round, CAO will record the latest acceptance received prior to the closing date on the offer notice as final.

Applicants should not delay submitting an acceptance, and should always obtain a certificate of postage if posting anything to CAO. An acknowledgement of acceptance will be posted to arrive three working days after a reply date. If an applicant has supplied an email address, CAO will email an acknowledgement of acceptance as well. At any stage, applicants may check the status of their application online.


At the same time as first round offers of places are issued to successful applicants, notices are sent to those who did not receive any offer with a Statement of Application Record.  This provides applicants with an opportunity to check that CAO has all the applicant's relevant data on file.  If you have received no offer this morning, don't panic, there are still lots of possible options.

Applicants with queries for CAO should use the 'Contact' facility on .  A response will usually be issued by the next wroking day.

Check 2015 Non-CAO Direct Entry -  this allows you to explore course options outside CAO and apply directly to colleges.


After Round Two, the Available Places facility operates on a weekly schedule of applications, offers and acceptances. Full details available below.

Check 2015 CAO Level 8 Vacant Places -  updated on a daily basis - Apply Online from Tuesday 18th August: VIA THE CAO WEBSITE:

Check 2015 CAO Level 7/6 Vacant Places -  updated on a daily basis - Apply Online from Tuesday 18th August: VIA THE CAO WEBSITE:


Check 2015 Non-CAO Direct Entry - allows you to explore course options and apply directly to colleges without CAO points.


Check 2015 PLC Search - allows you explore Level 5 and 6  courses in the PLC and Further Education colleges in Dublin and around the country, some of which may have vacant places.

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The CareersPortal Team