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.

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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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Junior Cycle - 2nd Year

By 2nd year, your child will have picked their Junior Certificate Subjects from any options that may have been available. English, Irish & Maths are currently offered at three levels – higher, ordinary & foundation.

Most other subjects are offered at Higher or Ordinary level.

At this stage students continue to develop a broad awareness of general career options. Some questions that might help with subject choice at Junior Cycle level

  • Does your child enjoy this subject? Find it interesting & engaging?
  • What level of competency is indicated at this subject? Indicators are exam & project results, school reports and teacher feedback, entrance exams, aptitude tests
  • What careers are associated with the subject? All subjects at Junior Cert will include some level of employability skills – including Working with Others, Communication skills, Working with New Technologies & Managing Time
  • Is the subject a specific entry requirement into any general career area or college course? E.g. All third Level Engineering courses have specific Maths entry requirements. Many require Maths at the Higher level. If your child has expressed an interest in a specific career that requires Maths for instance, you can help by being supportive and encouraging, monitoring their progress and keeping dialogue open about the examination level that’s most appropriate for them. Keep informed about all the options available to them. If Higher Level Maths is not right for them at Junior Cycle, there are always other routes into their chosen career. 
  • If your child is wondering about subject levels for Junior Cert, you will find information on college courses with specific subject requirements at http://www.qualifax.ie

There are also plenty of subject and career specific websites: You will find lots more information and links throughout this site (CareersPortal.ie) but here are just a few:

Engineering  
Maths  
Physics  
Nursing

 

Tourism & Hospitality  

There are often a number of alternative paths to a chosen career. More later.

How can I help?

Keep the communication channels open and stay up to date with school events and programmes. If possible attend schools information sessions on options at Senior Cycle, Transition Year Programmes, Subject Options & Choices, talks, seminars and workshops for parents.

Establish and/or maintain contact with the school Guidance Counsellor and the school by attending parent teacher meetings and information sessions and by keeping an eye on all correspondence and communication from the school. Get to know the key websites for quality information. Avoid taking on the burden of too much information.