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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Templemore College of Further Education

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"Educating with Respect" 

At Templemore College, we aspire to develop an inclusive, respectful and collaborative learning community within the College.

Our objective is that each student will learn new skills and become more competent in the area they are studying.  

More importatntly for us is that each student will learn about themselves and realise their capacity to learn new ways and new ideas so that learning, while challenging, becomes natural for them.

With the establishment of a culture of respect and learning based on the ideas mentioned above students will also have access to:

  • No tuition fees
  • Maintenance grants available to eligible students
  • Applicant interview to enable selection of most appropriate field of study
  • CAO Applications and opportunities for progression to Higher Education
  • Small class groups
  • Internationally-recognised qualifications
  • Programmes geared towards employment

We also have the following Return to Education programmes available at Levels 3, 4 and 5:  Click here