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.

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Liz O'Toole


Bord Iascaigh Mhara

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The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, or story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
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CAO Course Trends

Below is an interactive graph which displays CAO Course Preference data by subject area, by year and by course level.

You can sort the data using the following buttons at the bottom of the graph:

  • Total Applications: Displays all applications for courses in this subject area, regardless of order/preference.
  • First Preference Applications: Represents only those who included this course /area as a first preference.
  • First Round Offers: Displays the actual number of students offered places in First Round Offers
  • Yearly Change: Displays increase / decrease in number of applications from same period in the previous year

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  • Figures are released for 1st Feb (before students use the change-of-mind facility), and in August after first round offers have been made.
  • All data relating to CAO course offers in this chart are Round 1 offers only.