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 Lisa Kelly from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Lisa Kelly

Speech and Language

Health Service Executive

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  Lisa Kelly

Get some experience working with both children and the elderly and feel comfortable working with both. Throughout college you will take part in clinical placements where you will be required to work with various age groups.

Work hard in school and achieve good Leaving Cert. results in order to get the necessary points for entry into the course.

Research the career thoroughly and arrange to speak with a speech and language therapist to discuss the job further.

Think about the personal characteristics mentioned below that are important for the job and think about whether you possess these characteristics

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Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT

GMIT - Galway-Mayo IT


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The Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) is one of the largest in the country and is located on the western seaboard in the historic city of Galway. Spread across five campuses the Institute offers ordinary, honours and masters degree programmes in the disciplinary areas of business, engineering, science, hotel and catering, humanities and nursing. Graduates from the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology enjoy a national and international reputation for excellence, incorporating both a theoretical and applied orientation in their specialities.

Undergraduate at GMIT

GMIT offers a range of both ordinary and honours degree programmes in the areas of business, science, engineering, humanities, hotel and catering, and nursing. All of our undergraduate programmes are mapped on to Ireland’s National Framework of Qualifications, are internationally recognised, and have been designed to ensure that graduates from these programmes can demonstrate a theoretical and applied knowledge of their subject areas.

Postgraduate at GMIT

GMIT is strongly focused on the provision of postgraduate programmes and research opportunities. All of our postgraduate programmes have an applied focus and are directed at the needs of the employment market in Ireland and abroad, allowing students to complement their undergraduate degree or change career direction. We offer taught postgraduate diplomas and masters in the areas of accounting, business, computing, environmental systems and technology education.

Research at GMIT

GMIT has a strong reputation for research at Master, PhD and post doctoral level. Research programmes are available in business, engineering, humanities, science and tourism. GMIT has particular research strengths in the areas of Marine and Freshwater, Biomedical Engineering and Energy for the Built Environment.

Erasmus Programme at GMIT

GMIT has been one of the earlier participants of Erasmus since its creation in 1987. GMIT can offer the opportunity to its students to spend a study period abroad from 3-12 months in a higher education institution in an eligible European member state. Students who take part in the Erasmus programmes generally find it very beneficial, both academically and personally. They develop a fluency in a foreign language and are generally more attractive to prospective employers because of their experience travelling, living and perhaps working in a foreign country.

Erasmus also enhances co-operation between education and industry by facilitating placing students on work placements to meet part of their course requirements. Erasmus programmes also support teaching staff and provide them the opportunity to deliver at least 5 hours of teaching an another eligible European country. Currently GMIT has bilateral agreements with 50 European Colleges and accepts students from these colleges each year to participate on the Erasmus Student Exchange programmes.

Student Support Services at GMIT

Students entering programmes in GMIT will have a wide range of student services available to them. The Student Health Unit caters for the health needs of all students and provides emergency first aid and cover for the institute. Confidential counselling services are also available on all campuses. Other services available to students include a full-time careers service, pastoral care of students needs, and a parent/baby support group.

Students who are interested in being active have a wide range of sports and activities to choose from, including archery, basketball, cycling, Gaelic games, karate, kayaking, rugby, soccer and volleyball to name but a few. The institute's Student Union represents the interests of all students and also provides additional services such as photocopying, postal facilities and general information.