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 Liam Dowling from St. Michael's House to give some advice for people considering this job:


Liam Dowling

Clinical Nurse Manager 2

St. Michael's House

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Do your homework, ask about it - there is lots of infomation out there.  You need to be person centred, social, not afraid to mix and to have an understanding of disability or at least be prepared to learn about it. 

People with an Intellectual Disability  ARE NOT SICK , but they can get sick like everyone else and sometimes I feel people outside don't fully understand this. They don't just need Gods help. They need the help of qualified people that want to understand them so that their needs are met and they have chance to enjoy their life as much as is possible.


The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Major Jobs Boost on the way for Tallaght with Amazon

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Major Jobs Boost on the way for Tallaght with Amazon

Friday, July 10, 2015 

Major Jobs Boost on the way for Tallaght with Amazon

AMAZON have acquired the former Jacobs factory on Belgard Road – a development which is expected to generate a major boost for the local economy, in terms of jobs and investment.

The building has been lying dormant since Jacobs closed its doors in 2008 with the company planning to move in this September.

The Jacobs acquisition follows Amazon developments at two data centres on the Greenhill’s Road in recent months. Work has been completed renovating the former Tesco warehouse and the company, who have created hundreds of jobs in Dublin in the last nine years, are currently working on completing another data centre at the former Shinko building.

Around 50 construction jobs were created as a result of the Shinko development, but jobs and construction projections for the Jacobs site are expected to scale into the hundreds.

Amazons new Dublin Development Centre at the Burlington Plaza is home to 450 engineers and developers who support the Amazon websites and web services. At the announcement in January, Jeff Caselden, Managing Director of Amazon Development Centre, said the Dublin 4 office will allow them to continue to create jobs in Dublin.

Sinn Féin Councillor Cathal King welcomed the development. “For someone as big as Amazon coming in, it has huge potential,” said Cllr King, “In terms of creating jobs and the revenue it will bring in with commercial rates. It could potentially deliver better services for people in South Dublin County. And it will be good to see a building which has been lying idle for so long developed.”

Amazon's 20th anniversary is on July 16 - its electronic commerce business is growing at an incredible rate. The company has over 154,000 employees worldwide (not including company warehouse contractors or seasonal workers), with established facilities throughout key global markets in North America, Europe, India and China.

Amazon currently have over 140 job opportunities for Dublin advertised online. Click here for more information on how to apply.


The CareersPortal Team