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.


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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FREE Career Zoo Event for Jobseekers

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FREE Career Zoo Event for Jobseekers

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 

FREE Career Zoo Event for Jobseekers

Are you a jobseeker? Career Zoo is a FREE event for graduates and professionals being held this Saturday 21st February in The Convention centre Dublin.

It will provide a platform for talent and opportunity to connect directly. Recent graduates or professionals have the chance to meet face to face with a wide variety of companies from a range of sectors. Attendees will also have the opportunity to attend career clinics, seminars and career workshops.

What can I expect to see there?

There will a number of leading employers, research establishments and organisations with stands at the event who are eager to meet ambitious and talented candidates focused on developing their careers. These include:

  • Liberty IT
  • Bank of Ireland
  • Symantec
  • Citrix
  • Ericsson
  • Version 1

Bank of Ireland has committed to hiring at least ten professionals at the forthcoming Career Zoo event as part of as part of wider career opportunities available at the financial institution.

View Bank of Ireland Employer Profile including employee interviews here.

All of the job opportunities on offer will be located in Ireland, and not just in major cities. For example, multinational finance company Pramerica has a wide selection of jobs available in Letterkenny, Co Donegal.

There will be a specific area dedicated to the thriving technology sector called ‘Tech Town’ which will platform a variety of leading technology companies such as Version1, along with ‘Techbox’, an area designated to showcasing a variety of tech activities and pioneering tech talks.

A new feature at this year’s event will be a dedicated Coder Hack Space where delegates are welcome to bring their coding problems on the day to speak with peers from a variety of coding groups. BioCluster will be a designated platform for Ireland’s leading life sciences organisations. 

The ‘International Financial District’, sponsored by Bank of Ireland will be a new area added this year which will highlight a host of exciting positions across Ireland’s financial sector, both traditional roles and new tech roles that the digital revolution is creating.”

Career clinics and workshops will also be held to help provide candidates with useful and valuable information to assist them whether it’s in finding employment or changing their career. 

Upwards of 10,000 attendees are expected on the day. The event will run from 10am - 5.00pm. 

Register here for this FREE event.

Lots of valuable information to help jobseekers with their search can be found here.

The CareersPortal Team