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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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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DIT Cathal Brugha St. Student Open Day

Thinking about courses in Business (Hospitality, Tourism, Leisure & Event), Culinary Arts, Food, Environmental Health or Pharmaceuticals?  

The combined Open Day of the School of Hospitality Management and TourismSchool of Culinary Arts & Food Technology and School of Food Science & Environmental Health at DIT, Cathal Brugha St. will be held on the 26th of April 2017 between 14:00 and 17:00.

Get the opportunity to talk to staff and students of each of the courses, attend an information session on what types of careers you can go into and go on a tour of our facilities. 

DIT Cathal Brugha St. courses by sector

Business Management & Marketing

 (Hospitality, Tourism, Leisure, Event & Languages)

Upon satisfactory completion, all Level 7 students are eligible to apply for the add-on year for a Level 8 qualification.

*Delivered in conjunction with School of Law, Languages & Social Sciences

Food

 (Culinary Arts, Food Technology & Food and Beverage Business and Entrepreneurship)

Food Science

Environmental Health

Pharmaceuticals

Where is DIT Cathal Brugha St.?

The event will be held in DIT Cathal Brugha St. Dublin 1 (at the north end of O'Connell St.).  Click here to open the location on Google Maps.

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