Courses for Parents

A parents guide to navigating the year

The Leaving Cert Year is normally all about the student but often parents are watching in the background wondering
how to help their teen choose their career, apply for the right course or college or ensure all the applications are in on time.  Some parents don't even know there is a problem until it is too late.

Its a stressful Year!

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!

Here's how I can help?

I've been through the process many times with my own sons and my clients...

As a parent myself, having supported my sons through the process, I understand the frustrations of them not knowing what to choose or even not knowing how to apply for courses or what to do.
Or whether I as the parent should step in or remain silent in the background.
There are some times when the parents has to take action! 

Having spoken with many parents, here are some comments regarding their experiences of the Leaving Cert Year:


"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"

Does this sound familiar?

I'm feeling that frustration already!

The good news is it doesn't have to be that way!

What's it all about

An online, year-long programme from September to August helping you to support your teen. Know when  you need to get involved and when you can remain supportive in the background. Each month you will get a guide on what topic is important to act on and a live Questions and Answer session via Zoom so you can get solutions to your specific problem.

What do you get?

  • How the CAO works
  • How to choose a career
  • Grants & scholarships
  • Important deadlines
  • Reminder of Open Days
  • PLC's & Apprenticeships
  • Study tips/stress management
The programme is designed so that you will know when to start gathering information for applications such as HEAR/DARE, or SUSI grants so that you don't miss those deadlines.  I will explain how the CAO operates so that your teen knows how to choose their course and fill in their form correctly.

I'm looking forward to sharing the journey with you and your teen!
See on the inside...