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 James Stewart from Smart Futures to give some advice for people considering this job:


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Get some experience even if it is voluntary work so that you have an idea if you like the sector and you will have something to talk about at interview.

Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
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1st March is CAO Deadline for HEAR and DARE Applicants

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1st March is CAO Deadline for HEAR and DARE Applicants

Saturday, February 28, 2015 

1st March is CAO Deadline for HEAR and DARE Applicants

CAO Deadline is now approaching for HEAR and DARE Applicants

CAO Applicants who wish to apply for the HEAR and DARE schemes must complete the online application forms before 5:15pm on Sunday, March 1.

The Disability Access Route to Education (DARE) and the Higher Education Access Route (HEAR) are college and university admissions schemes which offer places at reduced points to school leavers with disabilities, or students from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Applicants for either scheme must log in to their accounts using the ‘My Application’ facility and complete the relevant sections and forms before March 1 at 5:15pm.

A number of supporting documents are required from HEAR and DARE applicants, and these documents must be received by CAO by April 1 at 5:15pm - documents received after this date cannot be accepted.

The supporting documents required to complete a DARE application include a ‘Second Level Academic Reference’ which must be completed by a school teacher/Guidance Counsellor or a school principal.

An ‘Evidence of Disability’ form must also be completed by an accepted Medical Consultant/Specialist, and in some instances a full psycho-educational assessment completed by an appropriately qualified psychologist is required.

HEAR applicants must submit a number of financial documents, for example a P21 for a parent/parents who were in paid employment in 2013, or a Department of Family and Social Protection (DSP) Form for a parent or guardian who was receiving social welfare payments in 2013.

For a full list of supporting document requirements and more information about how to complete the application process students should visit Information about how applicants are assessed and how offers are determined can be obtained from Access and Disability Offices in higher education institutions and not CAO.

CAO plays no part in making decisions on admissions.

The CareersPortal Team