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Life after the Leaving Cert

So the Leaving Cert is behind you, the results are in and you are making your decision on accepting your CAO offer. All the build up over the past few years is finally over. Reality is that the Leaving Cert, as stressful as it is, is not the be all and end all.

I did mine in 2005 and it seems so unimportant now. At the time there was nothing else that people asked about; “how’s the Leaving going”, “I suppose everything is on hold until after the Leaving”, but now nobody even mentions it.

If you don’t get the results for your preferred college course or job, that’s fine. A wise woman once told me that it doesn’t matter what you study or where you start, very few people stick with the career they pick after school. She started off as an accountant, but when she gave me that advice she was my school principal, and now 5 years later I look back and I know how right she was. I studied accounting, but having taken a year out after college, I know that auditing is definitely not for me. I don’t know what is, and probably won’t for some time to come.

For those of you worried that you didn’t get your first choice course or job, honestly it’s no big deal. Life goes on, even if it doesn’t look like it from where you’re sitting. In 5 years you can still be proud of all the work you put in to the Leaving Cert, but it won’t change the fact that it’s just an inconvenient 3 weeks of exams.

For more info on the dealing with stress after exams check out our recent blog on it.

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