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We asked Kieran Magee from Teagasc to give some advice for people considering this job:


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Someone who wants to be where I am today shall need bucket loads of ambition and not be afraid of hard work.  They will need to not be afraid of starting at the very bottom of that big high ladder but at the same time have the eagerness and determination to get to the top of that ladder because the opportunities are there.

Education is very important.  It may only seem like a silly piece of paper but it's that Cert, Diploma or Degree that gets you that job and not the man/woman beside you.

The one thing that is vital in not alone this job, but any job, and alot of people don't seem to have it, is common sense. It's something so simple but really important. if you have no cop-on then nobody wants to know you.

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NEW IT Carlow High Performance Entry Scheme

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NEW IT Carlow High Performance Entry Scheme

Wednesday, March 04, 2015 

NEW IT Carlow High Performance Entry Scheme

The Institute of Technology, Carlow, has launched an initiative for prospective undergraduate students which will reward entrepreneurship, sport and citizenship with 50 extra CAO points.

12 places will be offered for the academic year 2015/2016, on the High Performance Entry Scheme. Four places are available in each of three categories:

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Active Citizenship
  • Sport

Any Leaving Certificate student who exceeds in one of these areas can apply for a place through the scheme and can take any of IT Carlow’s 70 degree and higher certificate courses, once he or she achieves a minimum of 250 CAO points.

NOTE: This is a separate scheme to the CAO – another application to the IT Carlow High Performance Entry Scheme must be submitted by 10th May 2015, in addition to the CAO form.

After the Leaving Certificate, candidates will be selected for interview by IT Carlow and provisional offers made. The students who accept their offers will be given their 50 points in the first round of the CAO.

Dr Patricia Mulcahy, President of IT Carlow, said: “We admire people who give their time and efforts to pursuits such as volunteering, working in their community, working hard at a sport or demonstrating innovation. The CAO process isn’t designed to recognise such achievement so we’re addressing this with the High Performance Entry Scheme which makes out-of-class achievements count towards a place in college.”

President of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors, Betty McLaughlin, added that the innovative nature of the scheme recognised the importance of holistic education.

“Education is about supporting students to develop academically, socially and personally so they can take their place in society and make a positive and meaningful contribution. In affirming excellence and success to aspiring students for achievements outside the classroom, IT Carlow will instil in them the importance of participation in the Irish labour market and in their community, fostering active citizenship,” she said.

For full details of the High Performance Entry Scheme and application click here

Learn more about the Scholarships and Award Schemes offered by Irish Colleges and Universities HERE.

The CareersPortal Team