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.

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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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Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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St. Fanahan's College

St. Fanahan's College

Horticulture


Course Code:  5M2586
Award Code(s):  5M2586
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This one-year programme is designed for those who wish to pursue a career in horticulture. Graduate of this course may work as a green keeper, landscape gardener, take up positions in a nursery or garden centre, or may set up their own business. The course is also suitable for those already working in horticulture, wishing to gain a relevant qualification.
As part of the programme, students not already working in the field of horticulture will have to gain relevant practical experience during the course.

 

What you will Study...
These are the main subject modules available in this course. Note: Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands.

Plant Identification
Plant Science
Soil Science and Growing Media
Elective Modules (2)
Organic Production Principles
Food Crops
Safety and Health at Work
General Studies Modules (2)
Photography
Communications
Furniture Making
Work Experience Module 1

 

Important: Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

 

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Greenkeeping & Sportsturf Management Colaiste Stiofain Naofa CFE 
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Animal Management & Enterprise St. John's Central College 
Dairy Herd Management Clonakilty Agricultural College 
Agriculture Clonakilty Agricultural College 
Permaculture - Sustainable Horticulture Kinsale College of Further Education 
Permaculture - Sustainable Horticulture - Advanced Kinsale College of Further Education 

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Related Career Sectors...
This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry & Food
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Progression Routes

(Higher Education Links Scheme)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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5M2586