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18 August 2016

Leaving Certificate Results: - August 17th, 2016

The Institute of Guidance Counsellors (IGC) would like to congratulate all who have received their Leaving Cert results today, over 56,000 students – well done!

These results mark the culmination of all their efforts over the last 5/6 years and will influence the next phase of their education and career pathways. For many, the results will be a fitting reward for the commitment, dedication and hard work they have put into their studies. They should be proud of their achievements, and of the support and encouragement they have received from their parents, guardians, school management, teachers, and peers at critical stages on their journey to date. As President of the IGC, I would like to particularly commend the work of guidance counsellors in supporting students to successfully reach this milestone in their lives.

Following on from these results next week, the vast majority of students will receive offers from the CAO, while others will have opted to continue their education at PLC level or through the new apprenticeships coming on board with very promising opportunities ahead, and a small number will have chosen to enter the workplace directly. To each and every one we offer our sincere congratulations as you embark on the next phase of your lives.

However, there will be a small number of students who may have received results/points that may not have best reflected their ability, efforts, commitment and goals over their time at second level. While initially disappointed, students affected can assess their options with the assistance of their school guidance counsellor, and other staff members, and plan out an educational pathway forward that will be both rewarding and fulfilling through the many progression routes that are now available.

Parents, guardians, peers and teachers are in a unique position to identify and support those students who are experiencing distress. The well-being of these students need to be prioritised, and the IGC would encourage any students effected to immediately seek out the help of an adult in relation to any concerns they may have about their own mental health, or that of a fellow student.

For all students, celebrating exam success is really important, and doing so safely is crucial. The IGC urges all students who consume alcohol to do so responsibly, to make use of public transport where available, and to make arrangements in advance to ensure they get home safely.

Currently in Ireland, there is a rising tide of growth and confidence in our economy going forward. This brings hope, optimism and positivity for a rewarding future for these young students – Ireland’s citizens of tomorrow.