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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Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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Monaghan Institute

Monaghan Institute


 

Liberal Arts - Pre - University


Code:  5M3114
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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The Liberal Arts course enables learners to acquire a broad base of knowledge in a variety of subjects and is of particular value to those aiming to continue their studies at third level, especially those preparing to undertake an Arts/Humanities degree. This course focuses on enabling students to take responsibilites for their own learning and refines skills in research, critical thinking and analysis.

 

Mature students are especially encouraged to apply as Liberal Arts provides an excellent re-introduction to education and will provide the skills necessary for progression to a variety of Universities.For students under 23 the course gives a solid basis in the skills needed to complete a degree.

 Due to the nature of the course a range of subject matters are covered and this allows students to experience subjects that they previously have not had the opportunity to study. Class discussion and participation are an important factor of Liberal Arts.


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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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