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 Tomas Flanagan from St. Michael's House to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Tomas Flanagan

Occupational Therapist

St. Michael's House

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  Tomas Flanagan

I would advise anyone interested in Occupational Therapy to read up on the profession or else try to meet a qualified Occupational Therapist and talk to them about their work.

The internet can be a great resource in getting information. Also information from the universities might indicate if this is a course that is suited to you. A lot of the course work relies on you being a self-directed learner. This makes the course different to other more mainstream/academic courses as the onus is on the student to complete a lot of work independently.

As this is a caring profession an interest in working with people is a must. You also need to be a good communicator as you will be working closely with clients, families and other staff on an ongoing basis.

Organisational skills are essential to enable you to manage a caseload.

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So you want to be an Archaeologist?

‘An archaeologist is really like a detective because he is always on the lookout for clues of various kinds which will help him in forming some idea of the way of life and customs of the people who lived in ancient times. As he is usually dealing with that period of time in which no written records were kept of the people’s activities, he has indeed a difficult task’. – Breandán Ó Ríordáin (from his personal collection of writings, 1956)

What do Archaeologists Do?

Archaeologists examine ancient sites and objects in order to determine facts about the past. By studying the material remains of the past, archaeologists gain a better understanding of landscapes, vegetation and the climate of previous times. They may specialise in different geographical areas, historical periods or types of object.This career by its nature requires patience and good attention to detail.

Archaeologists carry out excavations called ‘digs’. The analysing and interpreting of archaeological remains is only a portion of the work that is actually carried out by archaeologists, there are many other job opportunities open to them.


Career options for Archaeologists:

• Working with local authorities on the archaeological implications of planning applications

• Assisting with the preservation and conservation of particular artefacts

• Working in the research and education sector

What Subjects should I Study for my Leaving Cert?

Geography would be very useful as the physical landscape is a significant component in this line of work.

Science subjects such as Chemistry and Physics alongside Maths will provide a good foundation for those interested in Archaeological science and research, and will also help with on-site surveying.

History will give you an insight into how life has changed and how these changes are interpreted and presented to the public.


How can I become an Archaeologist?

To become a licenced Archaeologist you would most commonly need a minimum of an archaeology degree. Below are a list of colleges that provide further education in the field of Archaeology with links to the relevent departments in each:

UCD 

TCD

NUIG

IT Sligo 

Click here to read about Brendan Ó Ríordáin’s fascinating career as an Archaeologist and his excavations on the Viking strata beneath Dublin City.


Article by: The CareersPortal Team