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.


Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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Google Announced 150m Extension to Data Centre

Expansion to create 40 permanent roles and 400 temporary construction jobs.

Google has announced a €150m extension to its second data centre in Grange Castle in West Dublin. The building of this new facility will create 400 temporary construction jobs and around 40 permanent roles will be created by Google in the data centre.

This latest move will bring to €1bn the amount of money invested by Google in Ireland since 2003.

Ireland has benefitted greatly from Google’s decision to locate here:

  • Between 2011 and 2017 Google's data centres have added €350m to the economy through construction and operations and €400m to GDP
  • 4,900 jobs are also directly and indirectly supported by the centres.
  • Google employs over 7,000 people in Ireland.


Google says its Irish data centres are designed to be highly energy-efficient, with the data centre here in Dublin using advanced air-cooling technologies, taking advantage of the country's temperate climate to regulate the temperature of the servers.  

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys commented on Google’s announcement "This €150m data centre expansion brings the company's total investment in its Irish data centres alone to €500m, and its capital expenditure to almost €1bn. . . There is no denying that this is a considerable vote of confidence in Ireland as a place to do business."

The CareersPortal Team


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