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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Junior Cycle - Technology

Subject Group: Practical
These subjects are 'hands-on' and involve working with tools and machinery on physical things like wood, metals and plastic. They may involve designing, planning and building things.

Brief Description:

Technology is mainly about using a design process to solve technological problems. In Technology, you will use the design process to work through a task or problemin order to arrive at a solution,which is usually in the form of an artefact or finished product. You will learn how to safely use the tools, materials and equipment necessary to make this product.


How will Technology be useful to me?

Technology will help you to solve many technological problems you may experience in your every day life. This subject teaches you to think about a problem and then use your knowledge and skills to design a solution to that problem. It will also teach you skills in the use of basic tools and equipment. You will also be able to identify many different types of materials and have a basic understanding of electronic circuits and gear systems.


Note: Specifications for the technology subjects will be revised in phase 4 of the Junior Cycle Developments, with the changes commencing in 2017, for certification in 2020.


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Course link
http://www.pdst.ie/node/3877

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