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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Tomas Flanagan

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.

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A Career as a Business Analyst

We turn the spotlight on business analysts, the professionals who study a business, identify blind spots, and make recommendations to streamline and improve the efficiency of an organisation.

Business analysts are there to help businesses accomplish more by sussing out problems and finding solutions to those problems. Oftentimes, the issues are computer based and the business analyst will work with the IT department.

Since a business analyst's role involves providing advice and proposing recommendations, and explaining problems and technical issues in non-technical terms to management and decision-makers, a business analyst must possess excellent communication skills.

Objectivity, an excellent eye for detail, and computer, analytical and problem-solving skills will also serve a business analyst well.

In terms of an educational background, a degree related to IT or programming would be desirable.

In Ireland, a business analyst can expect to earn an annual salary between €27,027- €62,740, according to PayScale.com.

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