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.


The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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CAO Application Numbers Up on last Year

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CAO Application Numbers Up on last Year

Tuesday, May 05, 2015 

CAO Application Numbers Up on last Year

79,229 CAO applicants at close of CAO Late Application facility.

The Late Application facility for the CAO college entry process closed on May 1st at 5:15pm. From the initial February 1st deadline to the May 1st deadline, an additional 4,861 applicants applied to the CAO.

The total number of CAO applicants at the close on May 1st was 79,229, representing an additional 1,504 applicants competing for college places in 2015, compared to the closing date last year.

Of the total applicants for 2015, 486 were Advanced Entry applicants. From 2015, the CAO processes applications for entry to years 2, 3 and 4 of undergraduate courses in some Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). This entry route is known as Advanced Entry.

Change of Mind Facility

The CAO Change of Mind facility opened on Tuesday May 5th at noon - within two hours of opening, 1,000 applicants had made changes to their application. Applicants who did not enter course choices by February 1st can do so up to July 1st at 5:15pm, however restrictions apply.

This facility is free to all applicants, however some categories of applicants may not be able to use the online Change of Mind and certain restricted courses cannot be introduced at this stage in the application process. The Change of Mind facility will remain open until July 1st at 5:15pm. Registered applicants can login to their CAO account using the 'My Application' facility to add, remove or change the order of their chosen courses if desired. All CAO applicants will receive a 'Statement of Application Record' before the end of May and CAO advises all applicants to check this statement carefully and notify them of any errors or omissions in the document.

All correspondence from CAO should be treated as extremely important. An online video guide to the Change of Mind facility is available to download or view from the 'Student Resources' section of the CAO website, which can be accessed at

The CareersPortal Team