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Occupational Therapist

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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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Central Bank of Ireland Scholarship Programme 2018/2019

An Alternative Route to a Business Degree

Central Bank of Ireland Scholarship Programme 2018/2019

Central Bank of Ireland is a knowledge-based organisation with a vital public service mandate to safeguard stability and protect consumers. They pride themselves on promoting a culture of friendliness, helpfulness and dedication of their staff; whom they believe to be their greatest asset. They are currently looking for more people to join their team.

The Central Bank Scholarship Programme is designed to identify and nurture talent and to support motivated individuals to start a career while, in partnership with Griffith College, pursuing further education. In choosing to start your career with the Central Bank, you will be supported and provided with an environment where you can:

  • Undertake a fully funded part-time honours degree
  • Grow your career
  • Gain experience and invest in yourself.

Our Scholarship Programme

Central Bank of Ireland will offer the successful candidate a four-year employment contract and, in partnership with Griffith College, a place on one of these three-year part-time degree courses:

These courses will commence on 17 September 2018.

Successful applicants will work full time at Central Bank while completing their studies in Griffith College on a part-time basis. Upon joining Central Bank, the applicants will be placed in either the Human Resources Division, the Financial Control Division or the Regulatory Transactions Division for the duration of the four-year contract.

Learning and Development

As part of the Scholarship Programme, you can expect:

  • A comprehensive induction
  • Career development guidance
  • A supportive performance management system
  • State-of-the-art in-house training facilities and study spaces.

Benefits

On the Scholarship Programme, you can expect:

  • A competitive salary (c. €25,758)
  • 24 days’ annual leave
  • Excellent personal development and training opportunities
  • Educational assistance and paid study leave
  • Flexible working hours and excellent work-life balance
  • Defined benefit pension scheme
  • Great sports and social opportunities
  • A growing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme
  • Employee wellness programmes
  • Subsidised staff restaurant
  • TaxSaver commuter ticket scheme
  • Cycle to Work scheme.

What We’re Looking For

If you have these skills and attributes, we want to hear from you:

  • You are driven, motivated and a self-starter.
  • You want to learn.
  • You have recently completed your Leaving Certificate and have attained, or expect to attain in the current academic year, a minimum of two honours grades (H5s), and a minimum of four ordinary level grades (O6), including a minimum O6 in ordinary level Maths and a minimum O6 in an ordinary level language. This can be English, Irish or another language.

If you have previous working experience or have completed an internship within financial services or a related area, that’s great. However, it is by no means a requirement.

Apply

Do you think you are a good fit for the Central Bank? Are you ready to make an impact and grow your career while undertaking a fully funded part-time honours degree? If you are nodding “Yes” to these questions, considering applying now.

Apply now for a place on this Scholarship Programme. 

As part of your application, you will be asked to describe some of your achievements and your motivations in applying for the Scholarship Programme.

Closing date: 12 August 2018

The selection process includes an interview that will take place on either 16 or 17 August in our Dockland Campus.

Please note: Applicants must not currently hold a third level qualification.

Equal Opportunities

Central Bank of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer and we encourage applications from a diverse mix of candidates. If we can make any accommodation to enable us to see the best version of you during the selection process, please email aobh.kavanagh@centralbank.ie. All disclosed information will be kept confidential.

 

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