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

Liam Dowling

Clinical Nurse Manager 2

St. Michael's House

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Liam Dowling

Do your homework, ask about it - there is lots of infomation out there.  You need to be person centred, social, not afraid to mix and to have an understanding of disability or at least be prepared to learn about it. 

People with an Intellectual Disability  ARE NOT SICK , but they can get sick like everyone else and sometimes I feel people outside don't fully understand this. They don't just need Gods help. They need the help of qualified people that want to understand them so that their needs are met and they have chance to enjoy their life as much as is possible.

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Drogheda Institute of Further Education

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Drogheda Institute of Further Education is the largest provider of PLC courses in the north east region. Our aim is to provide Further Education courses which are of the highest quality to school leavers, and adults returning to education.

We offer almost forty courses in a wide variety of disciplines, all of which are fuly accredited by QQI and all relevant professsional examining bodies.

Highly dedicated and experienced staff are on hand to guide students and modern facilities in every area ensure that students become familiar with the technology of the workplace. Close liaison with employers also ensures that courses are relevant and up to date.

Our diverse courses range across the following faculties: Art, Design & Technology, Business Humanities & IT, Sports, Leisure & Tourism, Community & HealthCare, Applied Science.

A varied Night Class programme is also provided at DIFE.

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