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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Ballsbridge College of Further Education

Ballsbridge College of Further Education

Ballsbridge College of Further Education


Enrolment Day 2016

Ballsbridge College of FE is holding an Enrolment Day on Wednesday, 13th April 2016  from 2.00pm-4.00pm. All are welcome.

Courses cover areas such as accounting; marketing and advertising; criminology; social studies; auctioneering; event management; applied psychology; web design and multimedia; human resources; IT skills; media; law and international aid and development. 

The college also offers courses in health sector studies; community development; start your own business, Chinese with business; digital marketing; EFL and TEFL. All courses include a work placement component.

Students can also available of internships opportunities abroad. Ballsbridge College welcomes and supports all students and strives to provide a learning environment that is inclusive and supportive of all ages, background and experience. 

Mature students and social welfare recipients are particularly welcome.

The college is equipped to the highest standards in information and communication technology and offers various students supports such as career guidance and counselling, student tutoring and a virtual learning environment.

The college is located in Ballsbridge and is easily accessible by bus, Dart and Luas from all parts of the city and beyond. 

It is a pleasant 20 minute walk from Grafton Street. For further details on how to find the college and additional details on the college’s courses please visit the college website at, contact the college at 01-6684806 or email

All the college's courses provide students with the knowledge and skills required to work in their chosen employment sector or to use the award to progress to Higher Education. VTOS and BTEA places are available.

Contact Details:

Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Phone: (01) 668 4806       Email: