The deadline for CAO applications is approaching fast. The closing date for such applications is 1 February. Individuals who are considering their career choices and course choices need to ensure that they are happy with their applications, as they do not want to enter college and find out after first year that they have made the wrong choice.
Dropping out of a course has many implications including personal and financial. How do you know that you are making the correct choice? There is, unfortunately, no answer to this question, however you can do a great deal of investigative work to ensure the career you have your heart set on is right for you.
Firstly, if you have an idea of the type of career you want to pursue, you need to ask yourself whether you have decided on this career path or if somebody has influenced your choice. People are very good at telling others what they would be good at. Most people have had their aunt, friend, mother or father tell them that they would make a great nurse or teacher and so on.
Secondly, when you have identified the career that you feel may be suited to you, the next step is to get some form of exposure to that career. Let it be shadowing work, which involves you shadowing a person in that career for the day or getting in contact with somebody who is actually in that career either through email, phone or in person. This allows you to gather information about the career and broaden your knowledge as to the job entails. This is very important, as it may not be as you thought.
It is important to remember that certain careers will be restrictive in allowing you to shadow due to confidentiality so identifying a person who is in this career would be important and having a list of questions about the day-to-day activities would be crucial.
College applicants of 2013 should take advantage of the Christmas season to gain work experience in their chosen field.