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Mary Ita Heffernan

Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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Holistic Therapies

Course Code(s):  5N2006
QQI Award Code: 
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Waterford College of Further Education

Waterford College of Further Education


 
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Course overview

Course Code 5N2006
QQI Award Code
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This is a full-time course leading to professional qualifications. Students will receive a sound knowledge of Holistic Therapies from ancient philosophies to modern day teaching. As part of their training, students will learn to take a holistic approach, treating body, mind and spirit, thereby guiding their client towards better health and general well-being.

What will you Study?

ITEC Diploma in Holistic Massage
ITEC Diploma in Reflexology
ITEC Diploma in Lymphatic Drainage
ITEC Diploma in Indian Head Massage
Certificates in Reiki Level 1 and 2 (Optional)
Crystal Therapy (optional)
Anatomy and Physiology
Business Studies
Diet and Nutrition
Health and Hygiene
First Aid
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

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Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Charity Officer   Equality Officer  
Community Welfare Officer   Educational Psychologist  
Teacher - Nursery/Playgroup    Teacher - Primary / Gael School  
Guidance Counsellor - Post Primary   Art Therapist  
Funeral Director   Medical Secretary  
Hair & Scalp Specialist   Optometrist  
Orthoptist   Psychiatrist  
Audiologist   Neurologist  
Immunologist   Naturopath  
Doctor / GP   Podiatrist / Chiropodist  
Herbalist   Obstetrician / Gynaecologist  
Ophthalmologist   Diagnostic Radiographer  
Spinologist   Nurse Prescriber  
Lactation Consultant   Physical Therapist  
Nurse Tutor   Respiratory Technician  
Vision Rehabilitation Therapist   Public Health Nurse  
Children's Nurse    Prosthetist / Orthotist  
Health Educator / Promotion Officer   Aromatherapist  
Paramedic / Emergency Medical Technician   Intellectual Disability Nurse   
General Nurse (RGN)   Nurse Midwife  
Acupuncturist   Dental Nurse / Surgery Assistant  
Dental Hygienist   Chiropractor  
Physiotherapist   Theatre / Perioperative Nurse  
Nurse Practitioner - Advanced   Psychiatric / Mental Health Care Nurse  
Speech & Language Therapist   Sport Psychologist  
Probation Officer   Clinical Psychologist  
Occupational Therapist   Clergy / Religious Ministers  
Counsellor   Careers Adviser  
Community Development Worker / Officer   Guidance Counsellor - Adult Education  
Social Worker   Music Therapist  
Psychotherapist   Aid Worker - Humanitarian  
Social Care Worker / Practitioner   Community Education Officer  

Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Social & Caring
Medical & Healthcare
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