HIGHER EDUCATION IS A PATH TO PERSONAL FULFILMENT, A REWARDING CAREER, A HIGHER INCOME AND GREATER PARTICIPATION IN SOCIETY.
With skills shortages already in many sectors, Ireland needs more higher-education graduates. These skills needs will be met mainly by graduates.
Entering higher education is a milestone in anyone’s life. For young people thinking of going to college, it is important that they and their families are properly informed so that they can make the right choices. We know that almost half of students who do not complete third level say that the main reason they did not do so was because their chosen course was not what they expected it to be (ESRI, Leaving School in Ireland: A Longitudinal Study of Post-School Transitions (2014), page 146).
In a recent study, over 40% of parents felt they did not have enough knowledge to advise their children about higher-education choices and 93% said they would welcome more information and guidance (Amárach Research, Going to College: Barriers and Perceptions (2014)).
This guide will support students and their parents or guardians to make the right choices.