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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Course Information

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Selskar College

Selskar College

Early Childhood Care & Education


Course Code:  5M2009 CC
Award Code(s):  5M2009
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This course is designed to train students wishing to work with young children. It is suitable for both school leavers and mature students seeking a formal qualification to work as a childcare assistant in a crche, playschool or nursery setting. Alternatively students can progress to further study at third level.

 

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.

Human Growth and Development
Child Heath and Well Being
Social Studies
Child Development
Early Care and Education Practice
Early Childhood Education and Play
Communications
Work Experience

 

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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Sample Careers...
If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Teacher - Art and Design    Computer Trainer/Instructor  
Dance Teacher   Psychologist - Educational  
Teacher - Languages   Exercise and Health Instructor  
Guidance Counsellor - Post Primary   Teacher - Post Primary  
Staff Trainer   Teacher - Physical Education  
Lecturer - Third Level    IT Trainer  
Teacher - English as a Foreign Language   Classroom Assistant  
Teacher - Primary School   Teacher - Nursery/Playgroup   
Art Therapist   Montessori Teacher  
Teacher - Learning Support / Resource   Teacher - Agricultural Science  
Lecturer / Teacher- Further Education   Fitness /Aerobics Instructor  
Sociologist / Social Researcher   Psychologist - Clinical  
Psychologist   Music Therapist  
Social Care Worker / Practitioner   Aid Worker - humanitarian  
Counsellor   Occupational Therapist  
Clergy / Religious Ministers   Social Worker  
Guidance Counsellor - Adult Education   Community Development Worker  
Careers Adviser   Psychotherapist  
Community Education Officer   Museum Educator  
Equestrian / Riding Instructor    

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.
Education
Social & Caring
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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.

To view CAO courses to which any Major Award (including this one) provides a possible Progression route, click below:

CAO with any QQI Major Award

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on the Award Code below:

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DCHSC 

5M2009