Do’s and Don’ts of filling out the CAO

As the CAO closing date is fast approaching it is a very important time and can also be a very daunting time for those of you wanting to apply for courses in September. For this reason we have decided to share some Do’s and Don’ts about filling out the CAO form to help you make the right decision for you.

First of all it is important that you take note of all the important CAO dates which are shown below.

1st Feb


Put down something that you are interested in, have a passion for and have always wanted to do no matter what the points are.

It is very important that you put courses down in the exact order of preference. If you have already filled out the CAO offers go back and check it one last time to make sure the courses are listed in the right order of your preference.

Take your time to think about it. Make a list of all the subjects you are good at in school, your hobbies and your key strengths. This might spark some ideas as to what you would like to do in the future.

Take career ideas and key strength’s tests on websites such as Grad Ireland to generate potential career ideas

Get some advice. Make an appointment with the career guidance councillor and ask for their professional opinion.

Take a look online. NUI Galway’s wide range of courses can be found here.

Go to Open Day’s. NUI Galway’s next Open Day is happening on Saturday April 16th. This is a great opportunity to talk to lecturers and students about the various courses NUI Galway has to offer.

Those of you thinking of joining us in September 2017-2018, Apply for one of our summer schools to get an insight into what it’s like to be a student at NUI Galway.


Don’t apply for a college just because your friends are going there. It may not be the college for you.

Don’t choose a college just because it is the closest to home. It may not have the exact course you are looking for.

Don’t choose something you have no interest in but you know the job will pay well.  It is very important that you love your course in order to do well in it.

Don’t forget to read and research the course details. The name of the course may not give all the information away.

Finally, remember don’t panic. The CAO will re-open in May so there is still plenty of time left to make up your mind.

Posted by Leanne Dunne

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