Friday 13 April 2018

6 essential lessons for a productive career (Daniel Pink)

1. There is no plan
    Make decisions for fundamental, not instrumental reasons. 

2. Think strengths, not weaknesses.
    What do you do consistently well? What gives you energy rather than drains you? 

3. It's not about you.
    The most successful people improve their own lives by improving others' lives. 

4. Persistence trumps talent.
    There are massive returns to doggedness. 

5. Make excellent mistakes.
    Commit errors from which the benefits of what you've learned exceed the costs of the screw-up.

6. Leave an imprint.
    Recognize that your life isn't infinite and that you should use your limited time here to do      something that matters.  

Tuesday 10 April 2018

Open days

DIT are hosting an open day in their Kevin St & Bolton St campuses from 9am - 12pm on Saturday 14th April.

IADT are also inviting  students to their Kill Ave Campus on Saturday 14th from 10am-2pm.
They are also organising an open day on Sunday 15th from 330pm - 530pm for students interested in Business + Humanities courses.

Friday 23 March 2018

Data science (DCU)

Dublin City University

Data Science in DCU

Data Science involves the study of information—where it comes from and the patterns it forms—and 
how to turn this data into a resource for business, government and social strategies. Data Scientists are investigators, story-tellers and problem-solvers who organise information, find unique ways to communicate its salient points, and think of creative ways to apply it to real world situations.
As a DCU Data Science undergrad, you’ll learn theory in mathematics, statistics, programming, cloud technologies and machine learning. Your qualification will be highly marketable, with global demand across numerous sectors.

Monday 5 March 2018

UCD information evening

UCD will be hosting an information evening for CBC students on Wednesday 7th March at 6-30pm.
The session is open to all 5th & 6th year students. Please email
if you're interested in attending.

Wednesday 21 February 2018


Our Faculty of Enterprise and Humanities is hosting a series of Drop-In Clinics, an ideal chance to visit the college, find out about its courses and speak face to face with lecturers.
6th and 5th year and TY students are welcome.

Dates: 28th February, 21st March, 25th April

Opening times: 3.30pm - 5.30pm

Faculty of Enterprise + Humanities courses:
DL701 - Bachelor of Business in Applied Entrepreneurship
DL823 - Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Entrepreneurship + Management
DL822 - BA (Hons) in Arts Management
DL821 - BA (Hons) in English, Media + Cultural Studies
DL837 - BA (Hons) in New Media Studies

Monday 19 February 2018

DARE and HEAR Applications

Applicants to DARE must indicate their wish to apply to DARE and complete Section A (Questions 1-5) of the Supplementary Information Form by 17:15 on 1 March 2018. You can complete the Supplementary Information Form at

Thursday 8 February 2018

UCD info evening

Students from 5th and 6th year are invited to an information evening, including a tour of the campus on Wednesday 14th February at 6.30pm. There is also a 'learn to row' event that morning at 9am in Islandbridge.

Thursday 1 February 2018

6 Apps for students with dyslexia

6 Apps for People With Dyslexia

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For people with dyslexia, even the seemingly basic tasks of reading and writing can be a real challenge. Fortunately, thanks to modern technological advancements, there are many assistive technologies that can make a world of difference. These tools can be especially helpful for both students and adults. Check out these apps for dyslexia that may provide some much-needed assistance.
Pocket can be a great tool for students and adults alike, giving readers a chance to use assistive technologies to help them stay up-to-date on current events. Users who rely on the internet for their supply of news stories can curate the articles they wish to read using Pocket and take advantage of its text-to-speech function, which will read the content out loud. This simple tactic helps many users better comprehend the news of today. Pocket doesn't have to be limited to just news articles either; it can be used for a wide range of reading material, from how-to and Do-It-Yourself articles to even entertainment articles. While in school, programs like Kurzweil can help with set textbooks and worksheets, but news and features articles often aren't readable by common learning assistance programs. This app can be great even for users who don't have dyslexia. As a bonus, the Pocket developers are typically responsive and willing to look into and fix user problems. And another bonus: Pocket is a free app.  More »
In school and college, teachers and professors often use workbooks and photocopies of texts, and sometimes even use original texts and worksheets that must be completed by hand. However, for many people with dyslexia, it can be hard to write down their responses. Fortunately, an app called SnapType Pro is here to help. The program lets users overlay text boxes onto photos of worksheets and original texts, which in turn, allows the user to take advantage of a keyboard or even voice-to-text capabilities to input their answers. SnapType offers both a free abbreviated version, and the full SnapType Pro version for $4.99 on iTunes.  More »
For individuals who have dyslexia, taking notes can be a challenge. However, Mental Note takes note-taking to the next level, creating a multi-sensory experience for users. Students can create custom notes using text (either typed or dictated), audio, images, photos, and more. The app syncs with Dropbox, offers tags to organize the notes, and even gives users the chance to add a password to their accounts to protect their work. Mental note offers both a free Mental Note Lite option, and the full Mental Note version for $3.99 on iTunes. More »
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Looking for an easy way to create an awesome video or great presentation? Adobe Voice is great for animated videos and as an alternative to the traditional slide show. When creating a presentation, this app lets users include written text within the presentation, but also uses voice narration and images within the slides. Once the user creates the slide series, the app turns it into an animated video, which can even include background music. As a bonus, this app is free on iTunes!   More »
This multi-sensory app helps users to better organize and visualize their work. Using idea maps, diagrams, and graphics, students and adults alike can better organize even the most complex concepts, plan out elaborate projects, reason out a problem, and even take notes for studying. The app lets users choose from an outline view or a more graphic diagram, depending on preferences and needs. Like most of the other apps on this list, Inspiration Maps offers a free version and a more extensive version for $9.99 on iTunes.  More »
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Even though this is actually an online service, not an app for your phone, Cite It In can be an incredibly useful tool when writing papers. It makes adding references to your papers a simple and stress-free task by walking you through the process. It gives you the option of three writing styles (APA, MLA, and Chicago), and lets you choose from either print or online sources, giving you six options for citing information. Then, it gives you text boxes to complete with the necessary information to create footnotes and/or a bibliography reference list at the end of your document. As a bonus, this service is free.  More »

CAO Timetable of events

CAO Timetable of Events 2017-2018

November (12:00)
CAO online application facility opens
20th January (17:15) Apply online by this date to avail of the discounted application fee of €25.
1st February (17:15) Normal closing date for applications.
1st March (17:15) Closing date for amending course choices and closing date for final completion of online HEAR/DARE forms
1st April (17:15) Latest date for HEAR/DARE supporting documentation to arrive in CAO
1st May (17:15)  Closing date for late applications
4th May (12:00)  Online Change of Mind facility becomes available (Free)
1st July (17:15) Change of Mind closes
Early July Round A offers for certain Non-Standard categories of applicants - applicants receive an offer by post, by e-mail and SMS text
22nd July (17:15)  Exceptional closing date for late applications for those already attending a participating HEI
Early August  Round 0 offers for certain Non-Standard categories of applicant 
Mid-August  Current year Leaving Certificate results issued
20th August Round 1 offers available from 06:00 online. Applicants who have not received an offer will receive a Statement of Application Record.
27th August Round 1 Acceptances closing date (17:15).
Subsequent rounds of offers until CAO close in October and offer season ends

CAO info for parents

CAO Guide for Parents

The CAO application can be a daunting experience for both parents and students alike, but it doesn’t have to be this way. As parents, we must remember that theSchool Days student is the most important person in all of this discussion. Choosing a good study path requires a lot of time and patience.
Completing the application at this time serves two functions: it completes the registration process and gives students time to focus, knowing that there will be plenty of opportunity to revisit the application in the months ahead.
Choosing the wrong course is one of the major factors which leads to student drop-out at college. Each year, I meet a lot of these students attending colleges nationwide who are disillusioned and find that college just doesn’t meet their expectations, leading to unhappiness and a sense of failure. This can be difficult for parents and the family as a whole to deal with.
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Tuesday 30 January 2018

Back to the future

Thanks to all involved in the careers event last night. Great contributions from UCD, IADT, TCD, DBS, BIMM & CPL, as well as over 25 former students who gave up their time to share information on college courses and careers.

Friday 26 January 2018

Back to the future

On Monday 29th January there will be a careers fair for all 5th and 6th year students.
Current undergraduate students will be available to discuss college courses (a range of over 30 courses covered) as well as contributions from University departments, I.T.'s and recruitment experts CPL.
The evening begins at 7pm in the hall and will run until approx 8.15.
For further information please contact Mr Murphy:
or by phone on 01 280 5854

Monday 22 January 2018

Useful websites for leaving cert students

Some useful websites for studying: