Cara Credit Union and Career Ahead Helping to Rock Your College Experience

Let’s Rock: Mary Lucey Career Ahead, (left) with Pa Laide, CEO Cara Credit Union, Eddie Enright, Chairperson Cara Credit Union and Siobhan Donnelly, Marketing and Development Manager Cara Credit Union. Photograph: Domnick Walsh

Cara Credit Union and Career Ahead have joined forces to ensure students rock their college experience and, while going to college is a very exciting time, it can be daunting. Don’t worry, help is on hand.

Cara Credit Union has partnered up with Mary Lucey, Education and Career Consultant and Founder of Career Ahead, to give you all the top tips to make sure you rock your college experience.

Rock your College Experience

The How to Rock your College Experience programme will be delivered to sixth year post-primary students in Tralee, Killorglin, Castleisland and Causeway in the coming weeks.

This in-person session will cover topics such as, moving away from home, settling in to the new learning environment, how to cook on a budget, healthy relationships, personal safety, what to do if you picked the wrong course and money matters.

“Every year, one in six first year students drop out of their college course causing enormous personal, emotional, and financial upset for the student and their family,” said Mary Lucey.

Successful Transition to College

“Together, Cara Credit Union and Career Ahead are taking positive actions to deal with this problem. How to Rock your College Experience will help students be more informed on a

variety of relevant topics, resulting in a much smoother and more successful transition to college,” Ms. Lucey said.

Cara Credit Union Marketing and Development Manager, Siobhan Donnelly said that Cara Credit Union is delighted to support this unique programme.

“We are constantly seeking out new ways to support college students. With the launch of a current account with a globally accepted Mastercard® debit card, students can access their Cara Credit Union account from anywhere in the world.

Student Loans and Awards

“The current account is free for students and Cara Credit Union also offers a great value student loan and seven education awards to the value of €10,500.

“ We’re delighted with the uptake of this programme and I would like to thank our local schools for their ongoing support in its promotion, said Ms. Donnelly.

The How to Rock your College Experience booklet is available to download on:  or pick one up in a Cara Credit Union Branch.

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