Beat 102-103 and WIT team up to reduce CAO final decisions stress

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Pictured from left at the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) CAO Information Evening earlier this year are Lorna Flynn WIT Student Ambassador, Caroline Kent, Beat, Katie Duggan and Shane Phillips WIT Student Ambassadors. Picture: Patrick Browne

Pictured from left at the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) CAO Information Evening earlier this year are Lorna Flynn WIT Student Ambassador, Caroline Kent, Beat, Katie Duggan and Shane Phillips WIT Student Ambassadors. Picture: Patrick Browne

As part of the ASK WIT events the Live CAO Deadline Q&A runs simultaneously on both WIT website and beat102103.com/cao from 3pm-5pm 27 June-1July

Regional radio station Beat 102-103 and WIT are again teaming up to co-host a live CAO chat that will appear on both websites ahead of the looming CAO deadline.

Thanks to technology from Cork company Pubble, visitors to both WIT and Beat websites will see the exact same live CAO Q&A forum. Parents, school leavers, and mature students can post questions (anonymously if they wish), which are answered by WIT staff. People can also browse previously answered questions.

“Our main focus is helping school leavers make the right decision for them. By hosting a Q&A session on Beat’s website we can help students across the region make the right decisions ahead of the CAO Change of Mind deadline,” said Registrar of WIT, Dr Derek O’Byrne.

WIT is holding CAO a Live CAO Change of Mind Q&A from Monday, 27 June - Friday 1 July to coincide with the CAO Change of Mind deadline on 1 July at 5.15pm.

This will be the final chance for anyone hoping to start college in September 2016 to ask questions about courses before that all important CAO deadline.

“WIT staff will be online to answer any queries you may have and if you have any queries in the meantime, do not hesitate to get in contact. Just email [email protected],” he said.

WIT has been running Live CAO Q&As since 2015, and Beat came on board in January. The majority of graduates from WIT, which has more than 70 courses on the CAO, are from the counties that Beat broadcasts to.

“Beat 102-103 is really excited about teaming up with WIT for its latest CAO Q&A session.  As the market leading station for 15-34 year olds in the South East, it makes perfect sense that the leading college in our broadcast territory is availing of the opportunity to reach out to our 153,000* adult listeners weekly.  At Beat, our audience regularly gets in touch to tell us about their concerns when faced with all the various education options available to them.  It can be extremely stressful so this live Q&A session will hopefully help to dispel any fears and will instead provide many students with practical information that they hadn’t thought about previously,” said CEO of Beat 102-103, Gabrielle Cummins.

In January Beat relaunched its website with a new focus on mobile and tablet usage. It is accompanied by a new logo and together, they reflect the changes in the radio industry and a move towards multi-platform broadcasting. With a Facebook following of over half a million, Beat has already asserted itself as one of the country's most popular media brands online.

Using an online Q&A means that people can use a form of communication they are comfortable with – online messaging to ask questions.

Visit www.wit.ie/cao and beat102103.com for the Live CAO Q&A.

More information

WIT's CAO Hub on http://www.wit.ie/cao provides a wealth of information on all our CAO courses, on student life, on the CAO process, work placements, sports and much more.

Prefer the phone? WIT is providing a CAO Change of Mind Direct Telephone Support service from Monday, 27 June - Friday 1 July to coincide with the CAO Change of Mind deadline on 1 July at 5:15pm. If you've got CAO questions contact our dedicated support team on 051 834176 / 834177 from 9:00am - 5:00pm daily.

See for yourself with a campus tour with one of WIT's student ambassadors. Campus tours are available all year round and extra tours are available in the week running up to 1 July CAO change of mind deadline. Book online at http://www.wit.ie/campustours

WIT is holding CAO Information Drop-In days from Monday, 27 June - Friday 1 July. The drop-in centre will run daily from 11:00am - 3:00pm.

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