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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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.


Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Shortage of Builders fuelling rising refurb costs

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Shortage of Builders fuelling rising refurb costs

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 

Shortage of Builders fuelling rising refurb costs

Rising property prices, Central Bank lending rules and soaring rental costs are stymieing would-be housebuyers looking to acquire their first home or even trade up.

The only affordable hope for some is to either buy a wreck and embark on a refurbishment, or to stay put and adapt and extend.

Increasing Building Costs

Builders’ costs now appear to have taken off. The example is given of a renovation in Dublin 6 - The builder’s quote for an extension and refurb to a period redbrick almost identical to one it is currently carrying out a few doors up, came in 20 per cent higher than the one currently under way, reflecting a 20 per cent increase in the cost of a refurb in just 12 months. It was the same or higher with four other tenders sought for the same job.

Another builder advises that you secure a builder now if you’re planning a domestic build, as it is going to get more difficult to find one.

Kevin Hollingsworth, a building surveyor and member of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI), anticipates a “mini bubble” in tender prices. “Prices are rising and quite drastically. It’s evidence of the mass skills exodus we saw when the downturn hit. Now as people seek to do normal domestic upgrades and extensions there aren’t enough builders to meet demand. In the same way there aren’t enough houses to meet normal market requirements.”

Education and Apprenticeship Programmes for School Leavers

The only way the shortage will be tackled is through the reintroduction of formal education and apprenticeship programmes for school leavers. It could also be an opportune time for some of our economic exiles to plan a return – if the hard landing of the crash hasn’t deterred them indefinitely from returning to these shores, that is.


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Source: Irish Times via Construction Industry Federation Newsletter ~ News Brick (CIF)

The CareersPortal Team