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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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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GA274
Design

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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The course places strong emphasis on Drawing and Visualisation, Design Thinking and Design Technology.

Other topics include Photography, Digital Media, Design History & Theory, Creative Problem Solving, Business & Entrepreneurial skills and an Ethical and Sustainable Design ethos.

Our course also features a five-month industry placement that links with industry partners nationally and internationally.


 
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Graduates are on pathways to become:

  • Animation & Game Designer
  • Industrial Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Graphic & Illustration Designer
  • Fashion & Textile Designer

Animation & Game Designers may also specialise further as; Technical artists, Illustrators, Game artists, Multimedia artists, Character animators. Graduates may get employment in a variety of specialist positions such as concept artists, animators, storyboard artists, directors, VFX artists, modellers, riggers, and lighting artists in the animation, games and VFX sectors.

Industrial Designers may also specialise further as; Product Designers, CAD specialists within design practices, or Three-dimensional designers. Many industrial designers collaborate in design teams with other designers to develop products and cross over into diverse areas such as Theatre film and TV design, 3D computer design, graphic, and interior design.

Interior Designers may also specialise further in Stage and Set Design, Exhibition and Display Interface Design, as creative members of architectural design teams and CAD specialists within design practices.

Graphic Designers & Illustrators may also specialise further as; Stationary designer, Art director, User Experience design, design for static/motion/product graphics and design for TV & film.

Fashion & Textile Designers may also specialise further as; Surface Designer and Accessory Designer, Pattern cutter, Stylist, Costume Designer, Retail Merchandising.



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