Going to College Podcast Series Independent.ie Education Podcast in association with QQI

Going to College is a four-part series helping you to prepare for some nerve-wracking - and exciting - weeks ahead, presented by Síona Cahill, former USI President.

From the Leaving Cert results to CAO offers and then making plans for college or elsewhere, it's stressful and life-changing, but this series will help with practical advice, tips and insights from experts in this area.

Ep 1: Preparing for the Leaving Cert Results

For this first episode, the Leaving Cert results are out on Tuesday 13th August and the days beforehand can be nerve-wracking. So, what can you expect on the day itself and what to do if you're not happy with the results you got?

To help you deal with the day, Síona is joined by Guidance Counsellor, Betty McLaughlin, Eric Ehgie, Welfare Officer with the Irish Second-Level Students Union and himself awaiting his Leaving Cert results, Mary Quirke from Career Confidence, and Colette Harrison, QQI's Manager of Awards and Certification.

Ep 2: You've been offered a course, now what?

The CAO Round 1 offers are out and to find out what courses are up, what ones are down, and what your options are if you didn't get what you were hoping for, Síona is joined by John Walshe, education columnist with the Irish Independent, Colette Harrison, QQI Manager of Awards and Certification, and guidance counsellor, Betty McLaughlin.

Don't forget, you have a week, until Fri 23rd Aug to make your final course decision so don't rush into it and take your time weighing up what to do.

For more episodes and information, go to Independent.ie/podcasts.

Ep 3: Your College Survival Guide Part 1

This week's episode is all about preparing for college. From accommodation to cooking, societies and social life, to lectures and course work, there's a huge amount of information to take in.

If you wonder how you will cope with it all, you're not alone, there's plenty of people, resources and organisations to help out.

And on this podcast we’ve four guests with insights and advice on not only surviving, but making the most of the coming weeks, months and years.

Joining Síona was Dean O’Reilly, final year psychology student and chair of DCU’s student mental health society, Dr. Brian Gormley, Head of campus life at TU Dublin, Colette Harrison, QQI Manager of Awards and Certification, and Scott Ahern, student counsellor with TU Dublin.

Ep 4: Your College Survival Guide Part 2

This week’s episode is the second part of our 'College Survival' guide helping you to prepare for college life.

Get the low-down on: accommodation dos and don'ts, why you should learn to cook and not rely on 13 cent noodle packets, making the most of the college resources at your disposal, the importance of friendships and societies, and don't forget your family at home!

Joining Síona with their expert advice and insights was Lorna Fitzpatrick, USI President, Jimmy McGovern, Youth Rights Activist at NUI Galway, Caitríona McGrattan, NUI Maynooth Programme Advisor, and Ann Marie O’Reilly, Policy Officer with Threshold.

The Going to College series is in association with QQI.

Advice on Foreign Qualifications - Quality and Qualifications Ireland

This video describes QQI's Naric Ireland database that provides advice on foreign qualifications. The video also describes the numerous benefits of using this database.

Europass CV: Showcase your skills

The Irish and UK National Europass Centres, in collaboration with the Irish and UK Euroguidance Centres have produced a video that will help young jobseekers identify appropriate skills and attributes that they can then promote to employers by recording them in their Europass CV.

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