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78,184 CAO applicants at close of normal application deadline
Sarah McIntosh
With the CAO normal application deadline closing on Wednesday, the application figures show 78,184 people have applied to the college course portal, writes Sarah McIntosh.
1 February 2023 Careers
Get to know the course leaders
There are a number of colleges in Ireland offering agriculture and food-related courses through the CAO. Sarah McIntosh gives us an overview of the department heads.
1 February 2023 Careers
Ongoing research to find a path to more female farm ownership
PhD candidate in the University of Limerick Mary Curtin and her supervisors Dr Caroline Murphy, Dr Una Woods and Prof Christine Cross, are examining female farm ownership.
Profiled: New west Cork Teagasc regional advisory manager Grainne Hurley
In conversation with Sarah Mcintosh, Dr Grainne Hurley discusses her career pathway from a rural dairy farm in Cork to her new role as Teagasc regional advisory manager in West Cork.
1 February 2023 News
New ERSI research finds significant ‘migrant wage gap’
Eastern European workers earned, on average, 40% less than Irish workers as new research from ERSI comes to light, writes Sarah McIntosh.
28 January 2023 News
Supports available for students with learning disabilities
There are many supports available for students with learning disabilities to help them reach their full academic potential while studying at higher education.
25 January 2023 Education
The roadmap to college
Sarah McIntosh has some important advice and dates for students applying through the CAO application for college this year.
18 January 2023 Careers
CAO application, what you need to know and do at this stage
Guidance counsellor Eoin Houlihan outlines the various deadlines and processes involved in the CAO application.
18 January 2023 Careers
Apprenticeships: a practical career pathway
Apprenticeships are a great alternative way to progress your education. Teagasc is currently developing four agriculture apprenticeships providing a practical career pathway, writes Sarah McIntosh.
18 January 2023 Careers
Agri Careers: Getting ready for college financially
There is no doubt that third level education puts a financial burden on individuals and families. It’s important to have a look at the costs and what supports are available.
18 January 2023 Careers
The future of science is bright
Sarah McIntosh outlines her top picks from the 2023 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, which is back in person after two virtual years.
18 January 2023 Careers
ASA hosts online graduate assembly
An informative Agricultural Science Association event for graduates has provided financial and career advice to young people working in the industry, writes Sarah McIntosh.
17 January 2023 News