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Occupational Therapist

St. Michael's House

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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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Naval Service Cadet - Deck

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€16k > 25 
Cadet. Defence Forces
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€16 - 25 
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Last Updated: April, 2015

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Enlists in the Defence Forces Naval Service to train as an Executive Officer.

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David Fleming
Sub Lieutenant - Navy  

David Fleming is a Sub-Lieutenant in the Irish Navy. He joined straight after school and has since achieved a BSc in Nautical Science from Cork Institute of Technology.

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The Naval Service is based in Haulbowline, Cobh, Co. Cork. It is a modern and sophisticated multi-tasked organisation operating a fleet of eight ships. The fleet is equipped with state of the art machinery, weapons, communications and navigation systems.  
The main role of the Naval Service is as part of the Defence Forces is to deter incidents of aggression against the State and to uphold neutrality. In addition, the day-to-day roles of the Naval Service include fishery protection duties, search and rescue, diving operations and pollution control.  
Along with An Garda Siochana and Customs and Excise, the Naval Service is involved in the prevention of the importation of illegal drugs into the country.  
Naval Service ships conduct courtesy visits to European Ports and undertake re-supply missions to our United Nations Peacekeeping Troops in Lebanon and Kosovo on a yearly basis. Naval Service personnel may serve overseas with United Nations Peacekeeping Forces.  
Executive Officers are in charge of the running of the ships routines, missions and crew. They are responsible for the operation of weapons and trained for management. Captains are recruited from these positions.  
Engineering Cadet is responsible for the smooth and efficient operation of all the ships systems.


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An Officer in the Navy is in essence a leader with all the responsibilities and management development opportunities that that involves. An Officer must be able to inspire confidence and lead in many different situations. The Officer must also be in good health and be physically fit. Height must be 5' 4'' or over. Normal colour vision is essential. Applicants must complete a detailed medical examination and basic fitness test.

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Go..Royal Navy Officer - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
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Organisation: Defence Forces, Recruitment & Competitions Section
  Address: Department of Defence,Station Road, Newbridge, Co. Kildare
  Tel: 1890 42 65 55
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