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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Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up September 4th

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Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up September 4th

Friday, September 04, 2015 

Weekly Jobs and Career News Round Up September 4th

It was a busy week for jobs announcements nationwide with some companies NOW recruiting. Details of the new CAO points scale for 2017 are also included along with a new Leaving Cert Points Calculator. Click on the links below for full details. 

Now Recruiting ...

Jobs Coming on Stream ...

  • 25 New Jobs for Donabate with Maxol - Maxol has announced a €2m redevelopment in its Hearse Rd, Donabate site that will create 25 new full and part-time jobs for the area by early 2016. 

AND ...

  • You can also explore the full list of all current vacancies on the government’s jobs portal JobsIreland. There have been over 76,000 jobs advertised since the start of this year. 

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Careers News ...

Jobseekers Information Day in Belmullet - Aras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet, Co. Mayo on 10th September 2015.

Apply NOW for Intel Shannon Women in Technology Scholarship - The Closing Date for application to the Intel Women in Technology Scholarship programme is September 2015. 

New CAO Points Scale is HERE

Calculate NEW LC Points 

Grading scheme applies to students commencing the Senior Cycle in September 2015

and sitting the Leaving Certificate examination from 2017 onwards. 

AND ...

New QQI -FET Points Calculator here


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This service is of particular benefit to career changers, jobseekers, students and those looking to explore their career and education options. 

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