Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Liam Dowling from St. Michael's House to give some advice for people considering this job:


Liam Dowling

Clinical Nurse Manager 2

St. Michael's House

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  Liam Dowling

Do your homework, ask about it - there is lots of infomation out there.  You need to be person centred, social, not afraid to mix and to have an understanding of disability or at least be prepared to learn about it. 

People with an Intellectual Disability  ARE NOT SICK , but they can get sick like everyone else and sometimes I feel people outside don't fully understand this. They don't just need Gods help. They need the help of qualified people that want to understand them so that their needs are met and they have chance to enjoy their life as much as is possible.


The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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Life as an Administrative Officer with the Revenue Commissioners

"Revenue is a dynamic and forward thinking organisation."Chad Egan, Administrative Officer - Office of the Revenue Commissioners. 

I studied corporate law and business in NUI Galway and completed my Masters in Commercial Law in UCD. I then went on to complete a Higher Diploma in Information Technology.

Currently, I work in Revenue Audit and Investigations. I carry out e-audits of businesses and have responsibility for a team of auditors in my unit.

The work in Revenue is both challenging and interesting. Revenue is a dynamic and forward thinking organisation. I am given the space to take ownership of my work and I’m encouraged to use and work on my own initiative. No audit is the same, the work is varied and I have learnt a lot since I first joined.

Revenue also has extensive training and support capabilities, which ensure that you are prepared and supported in your role. There is also a really strong culture of working together in Revenue where everyone shares their knowledge and experience.

Article by: Chad Egan