The digital sector – learning to be social

The digital sector – learning to be social

  So you’ve been caught looking at Twitter feeds, Facebook updates and Pinterest trends on your smartphone in class. This means trouble, right? Actually, no, it doesn’t. Quite the opposite in fact – you were simply immersed in the topic, because you’re a student on a Digital Marketing/Media course. It may sound a bit strange, […]

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Social change through Social Care

Social change through Social Care

Providing care and opportunity to the most vulnerable members of our society is a huge undertaking for those responsible. Social care workers must be determined, compassionate, empathetic, and well prepared in order to meet the demands ahead. In times of economic difficulty, problems of social marginalisation and disadvantage inevitably become more widespread. Policymakers are often placed […]

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Students urged to consider their college choices

Students urged to consider their college choices

According to the EU Skills Panorama, when it comes to skills imbalance, Ireland ranks joint third out of 26 countries surveyed. Naturally, this is a major cause for concern for many employers. IT jobs accounted for one-fifth of all jobs advertised last year. Programmers and software engineers are in as much demand now as those […]

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Building our digital capital

Building our digital capital

It’s probably true that at this particular moment in time, we are a little bit guilty of over-emphasizing the positives when it comes to new job announcements. However, it is clear that there are enough sustained signs of growth for at least a cautious sense of optimism as certain trends begin to emerge. With all […]

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New ‘Vision’ for Secondary Education Needs to be Seen

New ‘Vision’ for Secondary Education Needs to be Seen

  Reform of the Leaving Cert was one of the key recommendations of a new report entitled ‘A 20/20 Vision for Education’. The report, which was drawn up by the Post-Primary Education Forum – a group that comprises teachers, parents and students – claims to place the concerns and needs of the student at the […]

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Grants go down as value of education goes up

Grants go down as value of education goes up

Getting to college has always been a commendable achievement in an academic sense, but the funding challenges faced by students now makes it a financial one too. The value of further and third-level education to students has never been higher. Jobs are becoming more complex and because there is still a shortage for them, competition […]

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Popularity of technology and science courses continues to grow

Popularity of technology and science courses continues to grow

The growth of Ireland’s knowledge economy looks set to continue according to the Higher Education Authority’s (HEA) analysis of the latest CAO preferences, as reported by the Irish Times. The major subject areas in terms of first preference applications were technology (20 per cent of all first preference applications), science (7.5 per cent), computing (6.6 […]

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Ireland’s young among the most educated in Europe

Ireland’s young among the most educated in Europe

According to figures released earlier this week by Eurostat, the EU’s statistical office, Ireland has the highest proportion of young people who have attained a third-level education. The EU target for third-level (or equivalent) education attainment in those aged between 30 and 34 currently stands at 40 per cent. Though the European average for 2012 […]

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Literature’s power to connect

Literature’s power to connect

Good fiction often gives expression to things we may find difficult to pin down or understand; skilled writers allow the forces that bubble beneath the surface of our everyday lives to come up for air, and in doing so, reveal them for us to see. Every year Dublin City Public Libraries choose a particular title […]

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Transition to third-level education set to ease

Transition to third-level education set to ease

So the CAO system is to receive its first-ever shake up. The proposed reforms of Ruairí Quinn, Minister for Education and Skills, are still a little shy of detail, but they have been outlined. The three main changes are: A significant reduction in CAO Level 8 (honours) courses. There will now be far less course specificity as […]

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Dark Side of the Moon, Bright side of sound engineering

Dark Side of the Moon, Bright side of sound engineering

Ever wondered where your degree in Music Production and Sound Technology will take you? Well it seems that if you’ve got the talent, training and sheer good fortune of working with artists that are abundantly gifted, you just might end up in as unpredictable and revered a location as the US Library of Congress’s National […]

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Study history and know thyself

Study history and know thyself

  St Patrick’s weekend is coming up, which means lots of giant leprechaun hats, fake red beards, parades, an abundance of green, lapels adorned with sprigs of shamrock, and a full-throttle marathon of revelry. Of course, it is all in honour of our revered patron saint. But how much does the average celebrant actually know […]

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The Light of Education

The Light of Education

March 8 marks International Women’s Day, a day when thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. These events range from political rallies, business conferences and government activities to craft markets, performances, fashion parades and more. It is all borne from the best of intentions, though it is not without […]

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Developing Colleges’ R&D Facilities

Developing Colleges’ R&D Facilities

News last week that 300 million euro in funding would be invested in research here over the next six years is something that should be generally greeted with a healthy dose of optimism. The money, which is to be provided by both the taxpayer and the private sector, will benefit the following research areas: ICT […]

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3rd level applications increase despite financial pressures

3rd level applications increase despite financial pressures

  Earlier this month the CAO released it’s annual tally of CAO applications – and it makes for interesting reading. A total of 71,186 applications were made by February 1st. This is the lowest figure since 2008 when 68,809 applied but, as the Irish Independent reports, there is an underlying upward trend since 2003 when […]

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CAO Course Changes

CAO Course Changes

  Readers should take note that the CAO has recently listed some course changes. Some have not been included in the 2013 Handbook, while others that appeared in the Handbook have since been cancelled. You can see the changes for yourself by clicking on the link provided: http://www2.cao.ie/handbook/handbook/important_changes.php Also worth noting is the deadline for online […]

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Learning about learning – the Gotocollege blog!

Learning about learning – the Gotocollege blog!

Education is a hugely valuable commodity. It provides us with challenges and, in so doing, it furthers our personal development. Along with this is the indisputable boost it gives to our career options. But knowing about education is equally important. Having access to information about courses is vital if students are to make informed decisions […]

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