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 Brendan White from Bord Iascaigh Mhara to give some advice for people considering this job:


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To prepare your work place first thing in the morning would be the most important part of my job.

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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Calculate your Leaving Cert Points FREE App

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Calculate your Leaving Cert Points FREE App

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 

Calculate your Leaving Cert Points FREE App

Mocks time is just around the corner, so now is the time for Leaving Cert students to add the Points Calculator app to their Exam Toolkit.

For many Leaving Cert students, it takes the Mocks for them to realise that the main event is also not too far away now.

The Mocks give you the ideal opportunity to figure out where you stand for the real thing at the end of the year.  If you go into your mock exams having prepared as best you can, you will gain two vital things for the real event: 

An understanding of what you know, and what you don’t know, which will point you clearly towards where you need to focus more for the real thing.

And confidence  - once you do something for the first time, it never seems so bad next time around. Once you have given your mocks 100%, you’ll feel more prepared, be more confident for taking on the Leaving Cert in June and get closer to achieving the results you deserve, and the points you are aiming for.

Be prepared!

Practise, Practise, Practise - don’t just study something once and assume you understand it, keep going back over it until the day of the exam; Practise your exam technique too - be clear about what sections and how many questions are on each paper; get the timing right; answer the question that the paper asked!

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Download your FREE Points Calculator app now

The very successful CAO Points Calculator available on has now been developed as a clever app that allows the user to calculate CAO Points based on their Leaving Cert results. Why not download it now and be ready to calculate your Mocks points?

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

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