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.

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Tomas Flanagan

Occupational Therapist

St. Michael's House

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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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Community Care with Introduction to Youthwork

Course Code(s):  5M4468
QQI Award Code:  5M4468 Community Health Services
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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St. Conleth's Community College

St. Conleth's Community College
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Course overview

Course Code 5M4468
QQI Award Code 5M4468 Community Health Services
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This is a one year full time course. The aim of this course is that students who on successful completion can work professionally with people with a range of needs in a variety of community settings, for example: care of the older person in their home/nursing home, working with young people in care, working with people with intellectual disabilities.

This course will appeal to someone that has personal attributes such as empathy, compassion and integrity along with a willingness to learn and to help others. This course offers you the opportunity to gain academic and practical knowledge to equip you for a career in this very rewarding field. It will also open the way to further educational opportunities.

What will you Study?

Social Studies 5N1370
Care of the Older Person 5N2706
Care Provision and Practice 5N2705
Human Growth and Development 5N1297
Working with Young People
Care Support 5N0758
Understanding Mental Health 5N3772
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
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DCHSX 5M4468

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