Help the Leaving Cert Student in Your Life to Choose Their Path

Would you like expert help as you support and guide your leaving cert student through the process of taking the next steps in their journey towards a rich and fulfilling career?

On this tutor-led course, you'll learn:

  • How the CAO works and how to make sure you give yourself the best chance of getting the course you really want

  • The CAO application and how NOT to miss anything when filling it out.

  • How to keep your options open when selecting or deferring available places

  • What are the HEAR and DARE Schemes and are you eligible for them.

Later in the course you will cover other topics like:

  • PLC / Further Eduction Colleges

  • Traineeships and Apprenticeships

  • Global Qualifications

  • Grants and Scholarships

and everything else you need to plan your next steps.

Orla Maguire is a Guidance Counsellor and is passionate about helping the parents of leaving certificate students to understand and navigate all the career progression options available to them so they can make better decisions.

Join Orla on this fully online course to rapidly get to grips with the full range of options and supports available to you and the leaving cert student in your life, so you can take the stress out of this exciting time and help your loved one take that next step towards a career and a life that they love.

Anyone studying for the leaving cert has their hands full, and it's not fair that they are asked to make difficult choices, without knowing what all their options are.

To make matters worse, career guidance is often overlooked and underfunded in our cash-strapped second level schools and colleges. Students and parents simply are not getting the support they need to make informed decisions. And so it's easy to feel a bit lost.

Believe it or not, the problem isn't "too many options". The problem is that parents and students don't know what their options are.
There are loads of excellent options, and getting to know them doesn't need to be difficult.

For example, let's say your son has his heart set on studying multimedia in Dublin. But the course in DCU is 450 points. So now he's under pressure all year. What if he realised he could study multimedia at a college of further education for one year, and then go straight into second year at DCU?

The system isn't as compliFormcated or as unfair as many people think.

The last year of secondary school should be fun. It should not be wasted worrying about the future. Because there are lots of ways to get to where you want to go.

On this short course, I will quickly take you through your options. There's loads of examples detailing multiple ways to get the qualification you want. And we'll also cover grants, scholarships and other ways of navigating this exciting time, financially.

I've taken the time to make the lessons as concise as they can be. There's approx 4.5 hours of lessons, broken up in short videos you can access quickly on any device. There's also support should you need it, so you can ask questions.


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Some Kind Words From Past Clients...

“Orla’s career guidance service has proven a very valuable service for my daughter and for us as her parents. The 1 to 1 call with our daughter, the online videos and the monthly Q&A sessions were particularly informative. Orla also provided information directly to us regarding specific queries we had. She has been resourceful to us in every aspect of career planning and the college application process.”



"A massive thank to Orla for providing this fantastic online guidance course. She helped navigate us through all the options, whether CAO, Dare, UCAS, PLC at all stages from decision to application to finally accepting a place. Orla went above and beyond. The webiairs were so informative and it was great to be able to play back the modules at each stage. We followed up with a one to one with Ciara (student). Ciara is now studying OT in Derry and could not be happier. This was not on our radar at all prior to meeting Orla and would not have believed this was possible but she gave us the route to get there. I would highly recommend this course for any parent looking to support their young adult as they make decisions for life post Leaving Cert. Thank you Orla."



“We used Orla’s services recently – we were hugely impressed with her approachable and easy style, which is complemented by a thorough and professional approach. Her advice was well thought out, based on excellent analysis and clearly expressed. We left with a lot of really useful information and with a real sense of direction and focus. We are really grateful to Orla for her time, her work and for her skills – We would highly recommend her services”



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When does it start?

The course is pre-recored and carefully edited to be as concise and fast as possible. Once registered, you can start right away. You can jump straight into the most relevant topics for you and go through it at your own pace. 

Who is it for?

This course was designed for parents and guardians of leaving cert students. But it is relevant for students too, or anyone aiming to go on to higher education or get a qualification.

How long does it take?

There is 4.5 hours of lesson content, broken up into short "bite-sized" videos, which you can watch when it suits you on any device.

Is there support?

This course covers you everything you need, but if you'd like additional support, you can press the support button on the bottom of each lesson page for help.

How long do I have access for?

You will have lifetime access to the training materials.

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