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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Templemore College of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code
QQI Award Code
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is for anyone interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy or opening their own business. People who wish to become involved with training sports teams; assessing, treating and rehabilitation of sports and general injuries will also find this course useful.

What will you Study?

Year 1:
Anatomy and Physiology
Diploma in Body Massage
Business Studies
Job Preparation and Interview Skills
Introduction to Sports Massage

Year 2:
Core Elements
Diploma in Sports Massage
Diploma in Sports Therapy
Sports Nutrition
First Aid

Support Elements :
Taping and Strapping
Sports Psychology
Dry Needling
Dynamic Taping
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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Related Career Sectors

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