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Seminar for Parents of 5th & 6th Years students

Learn How to Help your Teen

Make Informed Course & Career Decisions

Phillipstown Community Centre, Dunleer
Wednesday September 27th, 7.30 - 9.30
Dee Hub, Ardee
Tuesday, September 19th, 7.30 - 9.30

Who is this seminar aimed at?

Parents of Leaving Cert students who may be concerned that their teen:

  • Might make course and career decisions that they later regret

  • Are not yet sure about what they want to do after finishing school

  • Are not yet fully confident about the courses and colleges that are right for them

  • Feels stuck and unable to make course decisions 

Questions teens often struggle with include:

  • Am I sure I want to go to college?

  • Am I sure I don’t want to go to college?

  • What are my alternatives?

  • What CAO courses best suit me?

  • What college is the best fit for me?

  • What is my Plan B?

  • Should I complete the Level 6/7 CAO Application?

  • How do I place my courses in order of preference?

  • How can I be sure that I choose the right courses?

  • What happens if I don’t like my course?

Leaving Cert students & Parents of Senior cycle students also welcome 


We know that

  • School doesn’t sufficiently prepare most students for figuring out what they want to do after finishing school

  • Students, currently in the education system, face a far more challenging future than their predecessors

  • Transition from secondary school into higher education is challenging for many

  • Poor course choices can be costly at many levels


What participants will learn

  • A step-by-step process for getting the most out of the CAO process

  • Common mistakes that school-leavers and parents make when considering courses and colleges

  • How to prepare for the challenges experienced by students in the transition from secondary school into higher education

seminar content

  • Starting college: what can go wrong? How to prevent problems from occurring?

  • The cost of going to college – using money wisely

  • Common mistakes that teenagers and their parents make in relation to courses and colleges?

  • What’s most important when choosing a course

  • What are the alternatives to going directly into full-time higher education?

  • How to get the most out of the CAO process – a step-by-step approach that works every time

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Book your place now

Dee Hub, Ardee
Phillipstown Community Centre, Dunleer
Tuesday, September 19th, 7.30 - 9.30
Wednesday September 27th, 7.30 - 9.30


"Anne gave an excellent career development workshop for parents, and I was one of the attendees. The workshops were perfectly geared towards giving parents the tools to support their children and help them make the best career choices, based on their interests - in a helpful, practical way'"


My daughter Rachel attended Anne in preparation for CAO 2021. Anne gave her great insight into the whole process. Anne set tasks for Rachel to tease out of what areas was of interest to her. By Christmas, Rachel had decided the layout of her CAO application and it took a lot of pressure off the important study months. I would highly recommend Anne and her approach.


Presented by Anne mangan

Anne is a Registered Career Development practitioner, with a special interest in helping young people get off to a great start in their career journey. She has over 30-years’ experience in higher education - as a tutor, programme director, educational developer, and educational consultant.

Aware of the challenges facing young people as they transition from secondary school into higher education, Anne helps teenagers figure out what they want to do and helps them devise a list of well researched CAO courses that are right for them.

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