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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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So you want to be a Physicist

This week’s career takes a look at physicists, the brains behind the study of the laws and properties that govern space, time, matter and energy.

Physicists usually specialise in a sub-category of physics, such as astrophysics, nuclear physics, molecular physics, or medical physics, because the subject is so vast. Colleges, universities, government departments, and R&D companies will employ physicists, who will possess at least a master's degree, if not a PhD.

Physicists may spend much of their time analysing data, developing reports, and planning experiments, and their work environment can consist of offices, labs and even nuclear reactors (depending on their area of speciality). Research and development work is a key aspect of most physicists' jobs.

A physicist should have strong analytical, numerical, reasoning, communication and problem-solving skills, along with computer skills to operate specific software programs. The UCD School of Physics reports that physics graduates can expect to earn an average annual salary of €54,000, according to a survey of UK physics graduates conducted by the Institute of Physics.

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