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.


Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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Latest Employment Monitor is Good News for Jobseekers

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Latest Employment Monitor is Good News for Jobseekers

Thursday, March 10, 2016 

Latest Employment Monitor is Good News for Jobseekers

The latest employment monitor from recruitment firm, Morgan McKinley, is predicting steady job growth this year.

The new survey shows the number of available jobs in the construction sector is growing - roles in construction and building services are up 40% on the same time last year.

Other skills in demand highlighted include:

  • New ACA qualified accountants are exiting their training contracts at this time of year and due to intense competition between industry and practice, can expect starting salaries ranging from €40 - €50K depending on location. 
  • Multilingual professionals remain sought after - German continues to be the most required language, followed by Dutch and Nordic.
  • Learning and development specialists were the most sought after HR professionals in February 2016, reflecting a focus on retention strategies, particularly within professional services firms.
  • Dublin’s position as a global aircraft leasing hub continues in particular for professionals with expertise in leasing and commercial lending
  • IT remains a key driver of the high skills jobs market. The burgeoning tech startup sector is winning the war for talent this month, with share options and flexible packages proving attractive to IT professionals on the move.

Tracey Keevan, International Investment Manager with Morgan McKinley, said: "There is economic confidence coming across most of the sectors that we have seen, from a candidate perspective that is shown by the number of people that are looking for opportunities. "Then it is shown obviously by certain sectors that are hiring, dare I say it, en masse at the moment."

Morgan McKinley Ireland Operations Director, Bryan Hyland, commented "January 2016 represented an exceptionally strong and confident start to the hiring outlook. This month we have seen a levelling off of this intensity. All economic indicators remain positive for steady job growth this year; however any prolonged period of political uncertainty would not be welcome and could have the potential to impact inward investment decisions of FDI companies.

Salary inflation where talent pool is limited

Nationally, talent shortages remain challenging in high-skilled sectors and niche expertise is sought in manufacturing, engineering, IT and risk areas within banking and insurance. This has led to salary inflation in these sectors where the talent pool is limited. Gradually the market is recognising the need for a collective strategy to combat these shortages by attracting new talent to Ireland and lure expatriates back from overseas.

Within the competitive hiring ICT sector, more tech startups are winning the war for talent this month by focusing on their employer proposition, promoting their company culture and overall remuneration package.

Notable high demand areas include: IT security due to continued cyber security concerns and iOS developers reflecting the industry focus on mobile and front end customer solutions. The construction and building services sector continues its slow but steady journey back to health, with an increase in professionals coming back from abroad to pursue opportunities."

Full report from MorganMcKinley is available here

The CareresPortal Team