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Tomas Flanagan

Occupational Therapist

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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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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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Castlebar College of Further Education

Castlebar College of Further Education

Office Technology Training


Course Code:  5M1997
Award Code(s):  5M1997
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This course is a one year intensive course in Office Technology. It is designed for mature students and for those who may have left the world of work and now wish to return. Students will cover computer applications most commonly used in the workplace today.

Classes are held mornings only from 9.30 am 1.00 pm. The aim of this course is to provide students with skills, training and confidence that will enable them to pursue a career in the modern office environment. Successful students will be awarded with a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Office Administration

 

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

Word Processing
Text Production
Audio Transcription
Database Methods
Bookkeeping Manual and Computerised
Payroll Manual and Computerised
Information and Administration
Customer Service
Work Experience
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Progression Routes

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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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5M1997