No doubt it is one of the most stressful years a family will experience. Teenagers and parents already have alot to deal with, before exam stress is thrown in on top. Parents are trying to allow their teen choose their own way and often believe that the teen will get all the information they need to choose and apply for courses from school.
Unfortunately that doesn't always happen!
I've been through the process many times with my own sons and my clients...
"I got to Leaving Cert Results day not knowing we had a problem. My son didn't understand the points and CAO process, and I hadn't been involved. I thought that was all covered well in school."
"I would like to know more about colleges. My kids didn't go to open days and only considered one college which didn't really suit him. I think parents should look at the different colleges that would support their kids best".
"I would like to see the tiered approach - here's the quickest pathway and here are the other ways to get there if you don't get the first option. Providing info around the application process, the alternatives, a more rounded view of the choices available would be excellent"
I'm feeling that frustration already!
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