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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Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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Choosing Medicine at UCD

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Why medicine specifically? I couldn’t tell you. Perhaps because it’s the healthcare career everyone is most familiar with, or perhaps I thought it would give me the most chance to flex my academic biceps. Perhaps, and probably most likely, I was just too ill informed to consider the other healthcare professions, such as physiotherapy, radiography or nursing. So from secondary school onwards, I had the profession chosen, and all that was left to decide was where!

The are 5 universities where it is possible to study Medicine as an undergraduate in Ireland – UCD, RCSI, UCC, NUIG and Trinity. Of those, the most competitive are the Dublin options, probably due to their location rather than anything else. For me, there was no opposition – UCD was the clear winner. I figured that any of the above universities could give me a medical degree, but what UCD could offer was so much more. Like I said, I was looking for a degree with a scientific element, but without losing the social aspect. In UCD, I could have the best of both world’s – my course would prepare me for the working world ahead, and UCD’s boundless supply of clubs, societies and other social gatherings would ensure I’d come out well-rounded.

Of course, the real question isn’t why I chose it at the time, it’s whether I have any regrets since making that decision. Thankfully, UCD really is the college for me, and amazingly my time here has not only met but succeeded my expectations! The course itself is logically structured, with clear progression from basic sciences, to normal anatomy and physiology, and finally pathology and pharmacology. Some would argue that Pre-Med is an unnecessary year, however I found that it gave time to form bonds with my classmates that really became important only years later, when the stress levels were highest this social support was most valuable. The facilities in UCD have provided fantastic resources, and unlike other universities, the opportunities for students to engage in structured research programmes are endless, and there’s also a chance to add an extra year and graduate with a Masters.

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Outside of the course, I’ve had the chance to learn so many new things that I never thought I would when I came to college – kayaking, scuba diving, martial arts… these are just a few of the random skills I’ve picked up so far. I’ve met some great people through extra-curricular activities, whether that be volunteering, sports or societies. Through UCD and the UCD Medical school I’ve also been lucky enough to travel abroad with my summers, taking me as far as Delhi in India and Boston in the USA. For those that shun all these extra-curriculars as time wasting activities, they’re actually pretty handy to put on a CV, and often it’s those little extras that make you stand out from the crowd.

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So if I could go back and do it all again, what would I change? Nothing. UCD Medicine is still my top choice of course and university, and together have given me a far more rounded experience than I could ever have asked for anywhere else!


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