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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  Liam Dowling

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.


Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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2015 Irish Aid Volunteering Fair

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2015 Irish Aid Volunteering Fair

Wednesday, October 07, 2015 

2015 Irish Aid Volunteering Fair

Are you interested in finding out more about volunteering opportunities abroad? 

The annual Irish Aid Volunteering Fair is taking place this Saturday:

Date: 10th October 2015

Location: Printworks in Dublin Castle

Time: 11.00am - 4.00pm

The Fair is an opportunity for anyone interested in overseas volunteering to meet with representatives of volunteer sending organisations who will be present at the fair, to chat with returned volunteers who can share their experiences and knowledge and to also listen to presentations from agencies.

There will be a panel discussion with speakers who have volunteered in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Over 25 Volunteer Sending Organisations will have stands showcasing their overseas placements. 

LinkedIn will also be present on the day to show potential volunteers how to maximize their online presence in order to find suitable placements overseas.

The Fair will also feature individual presentations about placements available with the United Nations Volunteering Programme, VSO Ireland, EIL Ireland, Development Perspectives, the EAPPI and Habitat for Humanity.

Click here for contact details and further information. You can also follow the #volOps and #IAFair15 on Twitter and Facebook for updates. 

Did You Know? ...

In Ireland volunteers provide the equivalent work of 31,000 people!

Explore more information on Ireland's Community and Voluntary Sector including information on volunteering both at home and abroad.  

The CareersPortal Team