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CAO Change of Mind - Check out Language Options

Whatever field the student is leaning towards, it is good to check what language choices are possible

CAO Change of Mind - Check out Language Options

Subject to some exceptions and restrictions, you may change course choices (without fee) as often as you wish, up to 17:15 on the 1st July.

In June there is an important window of opportunity for students to remember: the chance to change your mind. For some students their CAO choices are clear, but plenty of students struggle to decide what they should choose. Following one’s heart may lead to a particular field, but even then there are many courses and options. Should a business-oriented student pick commerce, business management or international business studies?

Whatever field the student is leaning towards, it is good to check what language choices are possible:

  • Considering a degree which includes a language component
  • Checking out elective choices for language options

So what types of courses are out there?

If you choose to study business, you can combine it with a language in degrees such as Business & Language at TCD, Commerce & Spanish at NUIG or International Business & Languages at TU Dublin. Points to these courses varied between 350 and 533 in 2018. The global and international aspects of modern business are generally pointed out by the 3rd level institutes - for example UCD notes that ‘we work to cultivate informed, connected, ethical global citizens – thinkers and doers. We are ambitious to recruit students who want to make a difference in the world, for the world.’ A degree with a language illustrates  the graduate is ready for global business and the world.

It is also good to check the electives on offer. International Business degree at the Tallaght IT campus (266 points in 2018) does nor include a language, but as an elective choice the student can choose between a business or a language elective. For students who do not want to choose a language as a degree component yet recognise the importance of languages, choosing a language elective is a good way to enhance their career in a multilingual world.

Computer Science & Language at TCD (350 points in 2018) combines IT and linguistics, a good combination in a world of localisation and gaming. Computing with Languages at the Tallaght IT campus (262 points in 2018) is a response to the growing demand for graduates with both IT and language skills:

‘Language skills and recruitment requirements point to a high demand for graduates with a minimum of two languages (English plus one). Language skills are now considered a basic competence for EU citizens generally and essential when working in a multicultural professional environment. Having a degree of fluency in a second language in such an environment demonstrates a level of cultural openness and adaptability, which is attractive and gives graduates a competitive edge and enhanced employability. Therefore this course meets market needs on a local and global level.’ https://www.it-tallaght.ie/index.cfm/page/course?code=TA_KACOI_B

For students who want IT without linguistics, for example Computer Science at UCC (398 points in 2018) offers a good range of languages as electives.

Sciences also appreciate languages. UCD Horizons electives offer a variety of courses, including languages. A UCD biomedical engineering student says :

‘I decided in second year that I wanted to broaden my language horizons. With the development of high-tech biomedical prosthetics in Japan and Asia, taking Japanese was a great opportunity. The classes were very friendly and interactive, which really helped me engage with the language. There is a strong emphasis on weekly learning which keeps the module work-load manageable. I’ve gone on to study Japanese in my own time now and truly love the culture that I was introduced to by UCD Horizons.’ https://www.myucd.ie/applying-to-ucd/ucd-horizons/

If a student feels they can benefit from languages but want something else to go with it, courses which have an international outlook offer variety. European Studies at TCD (532 points in 2018) or UL (378 points in 2018) are an example of a course which has a strong language component and gives many career avenues. As one UL students says : ‘European studies appealed to me because the course included politics, languages, law, and history – all in one degree.’  International Finance & Economics at MU (353 points in 2018) does the same in financing.

Whatever course students choose, there is often also the option of an ERASMUS year abroad available. While many courses abroad are in English, a year abroad is a fantastic experience. The big world and the diverse people in it are waiting for the students as they think about CAO and whether to change their minds or not - and getting ready for the world.

Universities and colleges offer many different ways to learn languages – from full degrees, to modules, to evening courses and study abroad opportunities. Learn more here

See what the industry experts say about careers and languages here.

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