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We asked Afra Ronayne from ESB to give some advice for people considering this job:


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  Afra Ronayne
I would advise somebody considering this job to talk to people who are engineers already. They should try to talk to people working in different areas of engineering as even when people do the same degree they can have very different day to day jobs, from full time office based jobs to full time site based jobs.

Also it is important to remember that even if you complete an engineering degree you are not limited to a purely technical career as there are plenty of other areas you can get involved in like project management or finance.

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.

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Level 6 Physiotherapy is Delivering on Progression Options

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Level 6 Physiotherapy is Delivering on Progression Options

Thursday, February 18, 2016 

Level 6 Physiotherapy is Delivering on Progression Options


Coláiste Íde's pioneering Pre-University Physiotherapy course, offering QQI/FETAC Level-6 entry, is delivering exceptional results early on for its students.

Before the mid-term break is even through, a number of students have already received unconditional acceptance offers to continue their study in Physiotherapy at the illustrious Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Pre-University Physiotherapy students at Coláiste Íde have also applied for further study at universities and institutes of Higher Education in The Netherlands, England, Scotland and here in Ireland.

Finland and Poland are further options for students from the programme who wish to pursue a career as a chartered physiotherapist.

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Scotland is a particularly attractive further study location for Irish students as there are no tuition fees payable! More on Study Abroad options here.

Other students from the programme have received acceptance offers to study Physical Therapy at The Institute of Physical Therapy and Applied Science (IPTAS), in Dublin. 

With exceptional results such as these so early in the year, Coláiste Íde have high hopes for the success of the remaining current students:

"At our annual Open Day, which took place earlier this month, we received a record number of enquiries for this dynamic course. As competition for places in the 2016/17 academic year is sure to be high, early registration is highly advisable". 

Interviews for Coláiste Íde take place next Thursday 25th February, so there is still time for aspiring Physiotherapists to apply and be in with a chance of securing a place.

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What's the difference between a Physiotherapist and a Physical therapist?

Confusion sometimes arises, especially for students trying to choose college courses, between the occupation and professional titles of 'physiotherapist' and 'physical therapist'. In most other countries the terms are interchangeable, however, in Ireland they refer to two different levels of qualification and clinical expertise.

According to The Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists, the professional body representing physiotherapists in Ireland,  Chartered Physiotherapists have a four-year full-time degree and 1,000 hours of clinical placement in public health services as part of that degree programme and also have expertise in musculoskeletal, cardio-respiratory and neurological conditions. In Ireland, a Physical Therapist does not have training in neurological conditions and work outside the public health system. There are also varied levels of training. In general, their clinical practice is limited to musculoskeletal conditions.

CORU, the Health and Social Care Professional Council which is the State organisation that manages the official register of healthcare professionals is currently in the process of setting up the register for physiotherapists in Ireland, and will have to decide whether both physiotherapists and physical therapists will be included and, if so, what the minimum educational qualifications and clinical experience for the profession will be.

The CareersPortal Team