Cracking the College Code

Making the most of the first year college experience

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Education Consultant, Author and Career Development Specialist

Catherine O’Connor, MA (Ed), FIITD, Education Consultant, Trinity College Dublin, has 25 twenty years’ experience in higher level education at both Trinity College Dublin and Dublin City University.

Following a career in financial services, the study of drama led her to a Training and Development career where she worked in the community motivating the long term unemployed preparing them to return to study and work. Catherine has also researched and published within the areas of education and technology enhanced learning. She is considered a subject expert in making the transition to higher education both nationally and internationally.

Catherine is a regular contributor to television, national and regional radio, television the Irish Times, Irish Independent,,,, on the subject of making the transition to third level. Also featured in the Education Matters Yearbook, the Farmers Journal, Sunday Times and Woman's Way magazine. Public lectures include Open Days at TCD, ZEMINAR and keynotes at various venues nationwide including during College Awareness week. She is also an advocate of men's health.

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Information talks are available nationwide for parent and student groups nationwide. These talks deal with making a success of the first year university experience and the future of work.

They are unique as they are delivered from the third level perspective looking at life before and and after the CAO. They challenge both students and parents to focus on making informed course and college choices, the changes that going to third level bring and how best to deal with these changes in a fast paced and demanding world. 

Individual consultations Catherine works with first year college students (and their parents) who are having difficulty settling into college life. During these consultations she shares tools and techniques to deal with the challenges faced and prepare for the world of world that that lies ahead.

She also runs a career development service dealing with job applications, CV preparation and interview skills and prepares many candidates for competency based interviews.


Contact Catherine at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 086 6017036

Parents' Associations and Schools: Multiple copies of the book can be purchased at a discounted price from CJ Fallon Ltd - Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 01 6166490 and the National Parents Council Post Primary. Also available to purchase on this site and in bookshops nationwide.