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21st Dec 2021

Finished school and unsure of your next step? This could help you find your calling

Sarah Gill


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Here’s how you can set your sights on your ideal career…

Leaving school and heading out into the big bad world can seem incredibly daunting to many. With so many varied paths ahead of you, it’s hard to be sure you’re making the right choices.

Thankfully, we’ve got something that will help make taking your next steps that little bit easier.

SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority (FET), can help you take your next step with confidence. No matter what subject you’re interested in, there are lots of different routes into the workplace or field of study you want to pursue available in Education and Training Boards – with accessible, practical options like Post Leaving Certificate courses, Apprenticeship opportunities, traineeships and lots more.

For the first time ever, this year will allow school-leavers and CAO applicants to explore Apprenticeship opportunities and access information on FET courses alongside Higher Education options via the 2022 CAO website.

A very exciting opportunity that will allow you to broaden the scope of your interests, FET and Apprenticeships cater to a larger range of learner aptitudes and open a lot of doors down the line, giving you exciting opportunities after you leave school that will broaden the scope of your interests. Apprenticeship also allows you to earn while learning valuable skills.

This change to the CAO is a step in the right direction for Senior Cycle students, as more options being available in one place is always a good thing. With courses available in every county across the country, FET can take you exactly where you want to go, whether that be onto Higher Education, right into the workplace or progression to an Apprenticeship.

So, is FET for me?

Available to anyone over the age of 16 who wants to learn new skills or enhance existing talents, FET courses cater to everyone’s needs. Whether you’re after full-time education or require the flexibility of part-time or online courses, you will find something to suit your schedule.

So, what kind of careers can I move into with FET?

Allowing school leavers to explore a number of diverse pathways, discover their passions and create the future of their dreams, FET have something for everyone. If you’re interested in Information and Communication Technologies, there are plenty of options available to you including Computer Programming and Game Design, Software Development and Database Fundamentals. No matter what your desired subject area – Healthcare, Education, the list goes on – you’ll find your niche with FET at a variety of levels across the country.

Tempted to become part of Generation Apprenticeship?

Whether you’re a school-leaver or an older learner, Apprenticeships blend theory and practice to help accelerate your development and give you the tools to enter the workforce seamlessly. With programmes available in a range of industries from hairdressing and hospitality to engineering and electronics, the world is your oyster!

Helping you get to where you want to be in life, the future is what you make it with FET’s range of courses. Browse through potential career paths on the today and get planning for tomorrow.

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