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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The college degree you need if you want to be rich

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The college degree you need if you want to be rich

Friday, March 27, 2015 

The college degree you need if you want to be rich

Who doesn't want to be rich? Not many people that’s for sure. So how do we get there? Like a lot of things, education might be the key, or a lack of it.

The following article from looks at a new report by business-to-business buying platform Approved Index which has done some digging into what kind of college educations were attained by the top 100 richest people in the world in order to get them to where they are today. Here are the findings: 

The Forbes rich list, which was used as the basis for the report, is the definitive listing of who’s who in the obscenely-wealthy set worldwide. Currently Bill Gates sits top of the pile with a personal worth of €72.4 billion.

Amazingly, 32% of the world’s 100 richest people have no college degree of any kind. It obviously hasn’t held them back – they top out at an average worth of €22 billion each.

What degree will make you the most money?

Of those who attended university, 22% studied engineering and 12% studied business.

And, in news sure to make a lot of Irish students and alumni feel pretty smug, more billionaires studied arts (9%) than subjects like maths and science.

The degrees that will make you the most money are engineering (average €24 billion), business (average €21 billion), and economics (average €20 billion). Arts meanwhile comes in at a very respectable fourth place with €19 billion average worth per billionaire.


What industry will make you a billionaire?

  • 19% of the top 100 billionaires made their fortune through tech
  • 15% made it through retail

As regards industry, 19% of the world’s 100 richest made their fortunes through tech, with the 15% that acquired their wealth in the retail industry its closest competitor.

Which country produces the most billionaires?

Region-wise, 39% of the top 100 are American (and 40% are North American if you count Canada). 29% are from Europe and 22% from Asia.

The UK has 3% of the world’s 100 wealthiest.

And Ireland? Just one Irish citizen makes it onto the list – Indian-born Irish citizen Pallonji Mistry is worth €14.7 billion having made his fortune through construction – he chairs mega-corporation the Shapoorji Pallonji Group. Mistry makes it into the top 100 at number 59.

Denis O’Brien (who studied finance in case you’re wondering) meanwhile brings up the rear, placed 208th in the world with a personal wealth of €6.2 billion.

The average age of the world’s top 100 billionaires is 67.5 years. 68% are married (at present) with an average of three children. The average wealth of the top 100 is a cool €20.8 billion. Mmmm… money.

But you have to ask, are they happy? Well, yes, probably they are.

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