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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The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Open Day - CAO Options Info Morning (Sat)

Come to GMIT's Last Open Morning of the year!

Date: Saturday 23rd April 2016

Time: from 10am to 12.30pm

Location: Galway-Mayo IT - Galway Campus

CAO Options Information Morning (no booking required - open event to all).

This Open Morning is an opportunity to find out about a range of exciting NEW courses that GMIT has added to CAO including:

  • Sport & Exercise Science (GA790)
  • Design with a choice of specialisms in Animation & Game Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design & Illustration, Fashion & Textiles Design (GA274/GA284)
  • History & Geography (GA887)
  • Sustainable Building Technology (GA888)
  • Applied Social Care (GA889)
  • Degree award option Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Accounting (GA886)

On the day, experience:

  • Live entertainment from iRadio
  • Exciting go-kart action - featuring electric karts built from scratch by 3rd Mechanical and Energy Engineering students in GMIT
  • Our new interactive "Game Zone"
  • Campus tours and activities
  • Learning Experience talks
  • SUSI College Finance Clinics

Plan your visit - Download GMIT Open Morning schedule HERE.

"GMIT Open Day is a great day for both students and teachers. It gives students a taste of what college life is like, as well as an opportunity to get the information they need about particular programmes, to attend practical workshops, career clinics and finance clinics." Barry McDermott, Guidance Counsellor, St Josephs Patrician College, "The Bish", Galway

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