'There is an over emphasis on the Leaving Certificate'

'There is an over emphasis on the Leaving Certificate'

The Leaving Cert results are out tomorrow, Wednesday August 17, a time of joy and sadness for the 56,595 students who sat it this year.

There is an overemphasis on this exam. No person is defined by their results. It does not test for integrity, respect, honesty, passion, humanity, caring, flexibility, critical thinking, problem solving, emotional intelligence or teamwork.

The academic path is not the path for all. Try not to compare point scoring.

If you have received the results you hoped for, congratulations. Be proud of yourself and the hard work you have put in.

However the wait still remains to see if you get your first choice on the CAO. Don’t get your hopes up as points tend to change yearly depending on demand.

There will be some who are bitterly disappointed. Do not let this dominate your thoughts. Try not to worry too much, there are many options to look at.

If you are not offered your first CAO choice, do not make any rash decisions as there will be two more rounds of offers to come.

However, keep asking yourself is this course really for me? You don’t want to be stuck doing something you hate for the next four years.

If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of receiving no offers do not stress, there are plenty of other options to consider.

Talk to someone who has some experience with such predicaments, such as your school principal or career guidance teacher.

Result appeal- If you feel that the results you received do not reflect your work, you can arrange a viewing of the script, usually with your teacher and then an appeal. Talk to your school about how to do this.

You might consider post leaving cert courses. PLCs offer a mixture of practical work, academic work and work experience over a wide range of disciplines.

There will be new courses advertised by some colleges and Institutes throughout August and September. Courses that were not sanctioned in time to go into the Official CAO system, so therefore a student applies directly to the institution.

The sorrow and the panic of not having a place in college – when all your other friends have, can be very lonely, but it can also be very dangerous.

Think wisely about all the courses you are considering.

When all other options have been explored maybe the last option for you to consider is the repeating of the Leaving Cert year.

The thoughts of repeating might be a daunting prospect, but it could be worth it come this time next year, rather than choosing a course that is wrong for you.

In order to be successful you must be aware of where you have gone wrong. Viewing your scripts can be quite helpful.

Try and focus from the beginning of the year. Students who have a clear vision of what they want tend to be very motivated and make for successful repeat students.

Got questions about your results, the points you require or what to do next?

The National Parents Council Post Primary run a helpline every year for students, parents and advisors. The Helpline is 1800 265 165.