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Leaving Certificate Class of 2014 Can Look Forward to a Bright Future Provided They Pursue Education and Training Paths that Match Their Aptitudes and Interests

While this is a significant day for the Leaving Certificate class of 2014, it is important to keep this ‘milestone’ in perspective, says Michael Moriarty, General Secretary of Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI). Mr Moriarty states:

‘Ultimately, the Leaving Certificate is but one of several milestones on a young person’s journey through life.  It is not a make-or-break event.

‘More than anything else, as the just published ESRI report Leaving School in Ireland, highlights, young people need to get themselves into courses and careers that match their aptitudes and interests.  Otherwise, they will either drop out or, having qualified, discover that they cannot cope with work that is not congenial to them.

‘Picking the winning career at 18 is a dangerous game, since, even the experts can’t predict with any certainty what the future will be like’.

‘In this kind of world, the class of 2014 must have three priorities: selecting education paths that build on their aptitudes and interests, acquiring the capacity to go on learning for the whole of their lives, and developing the disposition to take personal responsibility for adapting to ever-changing circumstances.

‘Thankfully, after nearly a decade of gloom,’ says Mr Moriarty, ‘the Leaving Certificate class of 2014 can be optimistic about its future.  All indications are that the economy is beginning to swing upwards and that those getting their results today will enter the workforce as prosperity re-emerges.  This is the message that these young people should be hearing from all of us this week.

‘Whether young people are pleased or displeased with today’s results will not be hugely significant in the long term.

It is what they do in the next phase of their life that matters.  And the class of 2014 can write the script for their own futures – provided they build their education and career on what they are good at.’


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