7 actions to take before 1 July to avoid college FOMO

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Missing out on college because you didn’t review your CAO choices and check you have them in order of genuine preference would be awful.

Missing out on college because you didn’t review your CAO choices and check you have them in order of genuine preference would be awful.

We list actions that school leavers and college applicants can take before 1 July so they are happy with their options when CAO offers are made

Fast forward to autumn 2020, your friends are happy with their college offers and you have total FOMO (fear of missing out) as you’ve been offered something you’re not keen on or somewhere you can’t afford to go to.

It’s been a tough year for the Leaving Cert class of 2020. Missing out on college because you didn’t review your CAO choices and check you have them in order of genuine preference would be awful.

1 July CAO deadline is your last chance. Here’s seven actions to take to avoid college FOMO.

1. Log into cao.ie

You have one thing to do before 5.15pm on 1 July. That’s to log into your CAO application and look closely at what is in there. Do you really want to study everything on that list. What if you get offered your number one? Do you really want your number two?

2. Imagine it’s a normal year

Hold the door. Hedge your bets, don’t close that door. Review your course choice seriously as if this is a normal year and you are going to college. Don’t write off college because things could shift quickly – things may be more normal than not. Think beyond first year – is this where and what you want to study for four years?

3. Be wary of peer pressure

Be wary of advice from well-meaning relations; your know-it-all friend especially if they are telling you to do something like picking a course or a college because they did it. You are the one that will have to do the course for a few years. Only pick what you will be happy to study, and where you will want to be based.

4. Ask yourself what you can do if you don’t go to college

You may hear big talk of putting off college or repeating the Leaving. Seriously, if you don’t go to college what will you do for the year? You will be bored off your head and seriously jealous while your friends are talking about their new normal.

5. Check minimum entry requirements

Regardless of points you need to meet minimum entry requirements for each course e.g. to have achieved a certain grade in a specific subject.

Our advice: check the requirements on each course page.

6. Family finances

COVID-19 will have put many families under financial pressure. Check that you can afford the cost of living/getting to college. Check if there is a similar version of the course that is available closer to home or where the cost of living is better value for money.

7. Need more time?

Check out our common entry courses which give you time to choose what to specialise in. www.wit.ie/commonentry. We have them in Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Exercise Sciences, Arts, Science and Computing.

What next?

Well, as we said, it’s been a tough year and the last thing a CAO applicant needs is disappointment come college offers. Pop onto the chat at www.wit.ie/cao to ask any last minute questions, no matter how small. Or big. We’re here to help.


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