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 Deirdre Lavelle from St. Michael's House to give some advice for people considering this job:


Deirdre Lavelle

Care Assistant

St. Michael's House

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  Deirdre Lavelle
It can take time to get to know people with learning disabilities, patience and good listen skills are very important.

The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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We recently added a new high rope activity that we call 'The Monster Swing' that is best described as falling backwards off our 10m high tower before the ropes catch you and you swing underneath. When you do these activities all the time, finding something that gives you a rush like this activity, can be rare.

But I also enjoy training the staff in how to use the activity and seeing the same rush in them now that the tables are turned and they are no longer the one holding the rope but get to be in the clients position for a change! This can also be a valuable lesson for them as it is easy to forget what that feeling is like.

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