With the prospect of hundreds of guidance counsellors in second-level schools around the country scaling back their work due to budget cuts, Tipperary college seekers looking for information on higher and further level education are being urged to attend the annual Irish Times Higher Options 2012 event taking place on Wednesday, September 19 to Friday September 21 at RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin.
For many students and their families, the path to college is a bewildering experience, full of anxiety, misinformation and missteps. In addition, guidance counsellor roles are being cut across schools in Ireland, leaving many students without access to advice and counselling services regarding this important stage in their educational development. For over two decades, Higher Options has being providing valuable and in depth information to Leaving Cert, Transition Year and 5th year students, helping them and their families make decisions about their study and career options in Ireland, the UK and further afield.
The Irish Times Higher Options is a three day event, offering second level students the unique opportunity to meet directly with representatives from more than 130 universities, colleges and education institutions from Ireland, the UK, Europe and beyond. The event will run from 9am to 3pm daily. More than 25,000 students, teachers, guidance counsellors and parents are expected to attend the three day event, which, in addition to the 130 exhibitor stands, also includes talks covering topics such as careers in the gaming and IT industry, Social Services, Science, Art and Design, as well as lectures on studying abroad, HPAT and the CAO and UCAS application systems.
Higher Options is a natural extension of The Irish Times’ existing coverage of the subject of higher education issues. What’s also important to note is that students will get a unique opportunity to speak directly with college lecturers face to face, giving the students a better understanding of the many aspects of college life and, we hope, ultimately aiding them in their decision-making process.