Going to College Podcast

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Guidance Counsellor Donnchadh O’Mahony presents a special two-part Going to College Podcast, in association with Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), on the CAO offers and preparing for college life.

On the first episode, Donnchadh is joined by QQI CEO, Dr. Padraig Walsh, and fellow guidance counsellor, Aoife McArdle, as they discuss the 2022 CAO offers. Focusing on what has gone up and what’s gone down, they will also discuss what options there are for students who will not be going on to Higher Education.

Aoife McArdle discusses what you should do if you got a CAO offer and also highlights the appeals process within the CAO and how it all works, while Dr. Padraig Walsh explains there are still lots of routes for school leavers other than higher education.

Going to College Podcast Part One

Going to College Podcast Part Two



On this second episode of the Going to College series, in association with QQI, presenter and guidance counsellor, Donnchadh O’Mahony, gets some practical tips and advice on how students can prepare for their start of college life. Scott Ahearn, Student Counsellor with TU Dublin, offers some really useful insights into how students can look after their mental health and how to keep an eye on it. ‘A really good scale is to ask yourself in terms of where your mental health is, what’s your tolerance?’ he explains. ‘How might you be able to deal with plans cancelling at the last minute, or someone letting you down? Or something not working out? And if there’s a sense that those are too much or too over-bearing, that’s a good indicator to say, ‘perhaps maybe something is going on here’.’


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