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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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Winners 2017

National Career Skills Competition - 2017 Winners

Congratulations to all this years winners of the 2017 National Career Skills Competition!.

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NATIONAL CAREER SKILLS COMPETITION WINNERS 2017

PLACE

STUDENT NAME

SCHOOL

GC PROGRAMME CO-ORD

PRIZE

TY CATEGORY

1ST PLACE

Robyn Maxwell

Colaiste Muire, College Road Ennis, Co. Clare

Niamh O'Regan GC

Mac Book Air + Trophy Plus €1,000 for School Programme

2ND PLACE - Joint

Claire McGill

Presentation College Tuam

Ber Jordan GC

Dr Dre Beats + Engraved Trophy

2ND PLACE - Joint

Lauren McKenna St. Louis Secondary School Monaghan  Claire Reilly GC Dr Dre Beats + Engraved Trophy

3RD PLACE

Shauna Clinton

Sacred Heart School, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Ms Liz Byrne GC

Creative Bluetooth Speaker + Engraved Shield

4th PLACE - Joint

Grace Ruddin

Our Lady's Secondary School, Castleblayney

Ms Mary Brohan GC

Engraved Shield

4th PLACE - Joint

Lorcan Tuohy Donnelly Borrisokane Community College, Co. Tipperary Ms Cunningham Engraved Shield

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Ethan O'Gorman

Our Lady's School, Castleblayney, Monaghan

Ms M Brohan GC

Engraved Shield

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Brenna O'Keeffe

Coláiste Muire Ennis, Co. Clare

Ms N. O'Regan GC

Engraved Shield

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Mary O'Donnell

Loreto Secondary School, Fermoy, Co. Cork

Ms Gillian Gubbins GC

Engraved Shield

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Rhiannon Mulcaire

Saint Pauls Secondary School, Oughterard

Ms Grainne Kinnevy GC

Engraved Shield

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Caoimhe Tourish

Our Lady's School, Castleblayney, Monaghan

Ms M Brohan GC

Certificate

COMMENDED

Chandelle Stratton

Sacred Heart, Sunnyside, Drogheda

Ms L. Byrne GC

Certificate

COMMENDED

Niamh Claire Kelly

Coláiste Muire Ennis, Co. Clare

Ms N. O'Regan GC

Certificate

COMMENDED

Nathan Power

Our Lady's School, Castleblayney, Monaghan

Ms M Brohan GC

Certificate

COMMENDED

Alannah Cunningham

St. Dominic's College, Cabra, Dublin 7

Ms Gemma Brangan

Certificate

COMMENDED

Robin Bolger

Our Lady of Lourdes Secondary School, Wexford

Ms Jackie Byrne GC

Certificate

COMMENDED

Katie Hanna

St. Dominic's College, Cabra, Dublin 7

Ms Gemma Brangan

Certificate

COMMENDED

Emma McMahon

Our Lady's School, Castleblayney, Monaghan

Ms M Brohan GC

Certificate

COMMENDED

Andrea Horgan

Our Lady's School, Castleblayney, Monaghan

Ms M. Brohan GC

Certificate

COMMENDED

Niamh Daly

Sacred Heart School, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Ms L. Byrne GC

Certificate

COMMENDED

Mihau Mesteru

Coláiste Na Mí, Navan, Co. Meath

Ms Siobhan Shore

Certificate

COMMENDED

Ellen Smith

Coláiste Muire Ennis, Co. Clare

Ms Niamh O'Regan GC

Certificate

COMMENDED

Laura Gray

Sacred Heart School, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Ms L. Byrne GC

Certificate

COMMENDED

Ciara Alice O'Brien

Coláiste Muire, Ennis, Co. Clare

Ms N. O'Regan GC

Certificate

COMMENDED

Niamh Hand

Our Lady's School, Castleblayney, Monaghan

Ms M. Brohan GC

Certificate

LCVP/LCE/LCA CATEGORY

1ST PLACE

Eabha Ní Fhlaithearta

Coláiste Einde, Galway

Mr Tony Regan GC

Mac Book Air + Trophy Plus €1,000 for School Programme

2ND PLACE

Olive Moran LCA

Eureka Secondary School, Kells, Co. Meath

Ms E. Flanagn GC

Dr Dre Beats + Trophy

3RD PLACE

Fionn Jordan

Meanscoil Gharman, Brownswood, Wexford

Mr Ciaran Redmond GC

Creative Bluetooth Speaker + Engraved Shield

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Niamh Nic Ghiolla Bhride

Meanscoil Gharman, Brownswood, Wexford

Mr Ciaran Redmond GC

Engraved Shield

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Abigail O'Neill

Sacred Heart School, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Ms Emma Haran GC

Certificate

COMMENDED

Laura Copse

Coláiste Mhuire, Askeaton

Ms G. O'Brien GC

Certificate

COMMENDED

Talor Aiyegbeni

Sacred Heart School, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Ms L. Byrne GC

Certificate

COMMENDED

Cathal Kelly

Coláiste Mhuire, Askeaton

Ms G. O'Brien GC

Certificate

IRISH CATEGORY

1ST PLACE

Maeve Fahy

Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh

Ms A.M. Ní Uaithne GC

Mac Book Air + Trophy Plus €1,000 for School Programme

2ND PLACE

Cian Ó Nualláin

Coláiste Naomh Mel, Longfort

Ms. Hazel Concar

Dr Dre Beats + Trophy

3RD PLACE

Hazel Ní Bhroin

Coláiste an Eachréidh, Baile Atha an Rí

Mairéad Ní Ghríofa

Creative Bluetooth Speaker + Engraved Shield

Ard-Mholadh

Clíodhna Ní Niaidh

Coláiste na bPiarsach, Ros Muc

Ms. Patricia Uí Fhlaithearta

Engraved Shield

Ard-Mholadh

Josh McGiff

Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh

Ms A.M. Ní Uaithne GC

Certificate

Moladh

David Kennedy

Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh

 Ms A.M. Ní Uaithne GC

Certificate

Moladh

Kiara Ní Dhúgáin

Coláiste Cholmcille, Indreabhán

Martán O'Donnachadha

Certificate

Moladh

Ellen Ní Shiomóin Pobailscoil Charn Domhnaigh, Dun Na nGall Nabla McGeehin Certificate

Moladh

Orlaith Ní She Coláiste Cholmcille, Indreabhán Martán O'Donnachadha Certificate

FET ADULT LEARNER CATEGORY

1ST PLACE

Ellen Reville

Ormonde College of Further Education Kilkenny

Ms Margie Wall

Mac Book Air + Engraved Clock

2ND PLACE

Rita Ryan

Tallaght Adult Education Centre DDLETB

Ms Jacqueline Doherty

High Spec Samsung Tablet + Engraved Clock

3RD PLACE - Joint

Shane Scully

Kylemore Community Training Centre

Mr Rory McEvitt

Samsung Tablet + Engraved Clock

3RD PLACE - Joint

 Linda Haran  Moate Business College, Westmeath  Ms Amanda Greene Samsung Tablet + Engraved Clock

Highly COMMENDED

Gregory Tobin

National Learning Network, Waterford

Ms Yvonne Firth

Engraved Clock

Highly COMMENDED

Emma Hallissey

Kerry College of Further Education 

Ms Margaret Finch

Engraved Clock

Highly COMMENDED

Sarah Kelly

Ormonde College of Further Education Kilkenny

 Ms. Fiona Power

Engraved Clock

Highly COMMENDED

Laura Tyrrell

Ormonde College of Further Education Kilkenny

Ms Bronwyn Keane

Engraved Clock





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