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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Naturalist 
Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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Studying Abroad

Time spent studying abroad enriches a student’s life, academically and in future career terms. The experience improves foreign language development, intercultural skills, self-reliance and self-awareness. Employers value experience abroad - it can increase the students' employability and job prospects going forward.

Students opt to study abroad for different reasons: as an alternative to points pressure and the CAO system; lower entry requirements; access to courses that are not available in Ireland; or, you may simply want the experience of studying outside Ireland.

It is important to carefully consider the differences between studying here and abroad - Application procedures, duration of courses, fees, living expenses etc. as part of making an informaed decision.

The menu items in this area provide summary information on Studying in the UK, Europe, the USA, Australia and New Zealand. Each section is presented under the headings above to help with your decision-making process.

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