The Christmas break is not only a time for festive cheer and relaxation, but also a window of opportunity for Leaving Certificate students to spend time looking at their Central Applications Office (CAO) application.

One valuable step to consider during this downtime is registering for the CAO.

It will take the pressure off coming into your mock exams, with one less task on the to-do list.

Amid the holiday spirit, the CAO offers a gift to prospective students - a €30 discounted application fee for those who register before 20 January 2024.

Reflect, research, and refine

Having the two-week break over the holiday season offers a unique opportunity for students to reflect and research. Take advantage of this to carefully consider your academic and future goals.

Explore various courses, colleges and career paths that align with your interests and hobbies.

By registering with the CAO now, you can put it at the back of your mind ahead of the mock exams in February.

Being able to fine-tune your choices and make informed decisions will set the stage for a more focused and purposeful study period as you have an end goal in mind.

Utilise available resources

While enjoying the holiday break, discuss your choices with family members who are at home. Seek advice to ensure that your CAO application reflects your aspirations accordingly.

The support and guidance you receive during this period can be instrumental in making informed decisions about your future. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your guidance support teacher when you return to school.

If you have different courses and options already picked out, they can help go through the module structures and career pathways with you. It is also very valuable to do some independent research on colleges and courses yourself.

There are plenty of course options out there for students, the sky really is the limit.

Take some time while you’re not studying to look into your future and have a think about what college you might like to go to, what subjects or modules seem interesting and exciting for you to learn about and take a look at

For more information visit here and keep an eye out for the Irish Country Living education guide next month.

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