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With the February 1 CAO deadline looming, students are finalising their third-level course choices. In this special Hot Press feature, Aoife Stuart Madge looks at some of the options, and details a selection of the most exciting higher education courses available.
Whether it’s to help you make the first leap towards a professional vocation; to arm yourself with the smarts to finally make that crucial career change; or simply to garner a foundation of knowledge and confidence before you launch yourself into the working world, there are plenty of reasons to enter third-level education – and there’s never been a better time.
Anyone who is doing the Leaving Certificate this year should be getting their skates on. Similarly, those who want to return to the educational fold as a mature student. The CAO deadline is February 1, and so we are fast approaching ‘make up your mind’ time.
At a moment like this, there are many factors for aspiring students to consider as they ponder their course options and possible careers. Do you want to stay close to home or are you prepared to travel? Would you prefer to be based in a big city or does a smaller-town campus seem more attractive?
Of course the extent to which we can make those choices is down, to an extent at least, to what we want to study. And why that is our prospective first choice. Underlying that is a fundamental question: what do I really want to get from education?
We can’t offer any guarantees as to what;s going to happen in the future – but there are appealing career prospects out there. It’s your job to make sure that you’ve got the qualifications to back up your ambition. Here, we present an introduction to some of the country’s top HEI courses, where you can start your next learning adventure…