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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SG447
Health Science and Physical Activity

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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4 Years
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The programme aims to produce graduates with a strong academic base in health science disciplines related to physical activity and exercise, with the capacity to apply knowledge and skills in a variety of settings, with numerous specialist populations and on a broad spectrum of topics

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SG447 - Health Science and Physical Activity
IT Sligo

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SG447 - Health Science and Physical Activity
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This course will accept any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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Essential Module Requirements:
Three distinctions and a pass in C20139 - Mathematics
or 5N1833 - Mathematics
or C20174 - Mathematics for Engineering
or C20175 - Mathematics for Computing
or LCE Maths

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The programme is specifically designed for students who wish to advance themselves in the important area of the health sciences with specific focus on specialist physical activity-related skills and knowledge. Graduates will also be competent is a wide range of public health and health promotion related areas. This course is designed to help students pursue careers within the following sectors: Physical Activity Promotion Health promotion Public health Physical activity specialists across the physical activity spectrum Exercise / Sport / Fitness industry related work including sports development Exercise Physiology Testing Exercise / Physical Activity prescription Health Related Research Population Health with specific focus on Physical Activity Health Settings related work Health Improvement Epidemiology Health Policy Development / Planning Implementation /Evaluation of Health related initiatives within the private, public or non-profits sectors. 



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