Parents Guide - surviving college

It’s a tough year, dealing with the Leaving Certificate, filling in CAO forms, attending various College Open Days etc but helping your son or daughter make the right choice for third level is an important role for parents. Along with the schools and career guidance counsellors we at TU Dublin - Tallaght Campus do our best to help with that decision. Even though we may have visited their school and given a talk or they may have attended our Open Day we understand that you may have lots more questions, so we are here to help with any queries you or they may have on any of our courses.

Students pick a college for a number of reasons, sometimes few of which have to do with the academic side of College. Perhaps a number of their friends are choosing it, or is it far enough from home that they think they will feel independence at last? Whatever the case, an open, non-judgemental attitude on your part is necessary if you want to play a role in this decision.

Discuss career options with your child and encourage his or her aspirations. Cost, location from your home, size of college and courses on offer are all big factors in your part of the decision. Investigate if your son/daughter would be eligible for a grant which will help with the cost, check out or contact your local County Council

Choosing a college and course is the first “grown up” decision your child will be faced with. It will be stressful for them, so keep your sense of humour, and be prepared to listen. Listen a lot!!

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