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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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Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Skipper - Second Hand Full (Cork)

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Course overview

Course Code
QQI Award Code
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

What will you Study?

Second Hand Full Certificate Course Subjects:

  • Chartwork
  • Navigation
  • Fishing Vessel Construction and Stability
  • Meteorology
  • Collision Regulations and Safety Orals
  • Signals

Duration: 16 weeks full time study

Award: Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport Deck Officer (Fishing Vessel) Certificate of Competency

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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Skipper - Second Hand Limited (Cork) National Fisheries College of Ireland 
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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.
Naval Architect   Ship Mate  
Naval Service Cadet - Deck   Oceanographer  
Skipper   Boat Builder  
Derrickman   Merchant Navy - Deck Officer  
Hydrographic Surveyor    Marine Engineer  
Diver   Coastguard  
Naval Service Cadet - Engineering   Naval Recruit  
Cadet - Merchant Navy   Hydrologist  

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.
Maritime, Fishing & Aquaculture
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Radio and Safety Training October and November 2017

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