Demand For Places On The Dole Forces Points Higher On CAO

cao-4The recent interest in first choice applications from leaving certificate students for the dole, is expected to result in much higher points on this years CAO.

Students around the country have begun the task of summing up their lives into small little boxes. They take advice from over ambitious parents, teachers and guidance counsellors and begin deciding on the future of their lives, by reading the pages of their homework journal and speaking to someone at a stand.

In recent years, the points for science, technology and engineering courses have all gone up, placing new demands on students. But, it appears that this year, points for the very popular dole program, are expected to rise, causing many people concern.

Reason

The reason for the increase in demand is simple: It costs more to go to college with little the prospect of any financial reward afterwards.

Fees have gone up, together with a reduction in grant assistance  Accommodation rates have increased and the cost of transport too. It now costs students between €7,500 and €10,000 to go to college, not including living or drinking expenses. They could fly first class to Australia for that, where most of them will wind up anyway.

Students are now taking the smart option of simply going straight on the dole. They don’t see the point in spending 3-4 years and nearly €10,000 for the privilege and in doing so, are going to force the points to new highs in this years CAO offers.

Demand

The dole may become the most popular choice for students and could see it move into the 500 points sphere. A worry for students who claim that it shouldn’t just be book smart students who are eligible for the course of social welfare and are calling for a new assessment approach for the program.

Students who are experiencing difficulties in choosing a potential career are advised to simply emigrate and come back when the place is sorted and their is so prospect of  a job. 😉

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