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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Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education


 

Cookery - Professional


Course Code(s):  5M2088
QQI Award Code:  5M2088 Professional Cookery
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This Professional Cookery one year course has a combination of practical and theoretical modules designed to assist the learner in finding employment within the catering industry or progress to Higher Education.

The course provides the student with an opportunity to obtain experience in a wide range of specialised areas such as Food and Beverage Services, Kitchen, Health and Safety, while at the same time obtaining a sound general knowledge in areas needed to function in the hotel and catering environment. This course gives students over the age of 18 the possibility to be selected for an Erasmus + European mobility exchange (subject to funding).

 

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.

Menu Planning & Applied Nutrition
Culinary Techniques
Pastry Baking And Desserts
Meal Service
Work Practice
Personal Effectiveness
Word Processing
International Cuisines
HACCP Food Safety

 

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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Sommelier   Sous Chef  

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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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5M2088