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 Liam Dowling from St. Michael's House to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Liam Dowling

Clinical Nurse Manager 2

St. Michael's House

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  Liam Dowling

Do your homework, ask about it - there is lots of infomation out there.  You need to be person centred, social, not afraid to mix and to have an understanding of disability or at least be prepared to learn about it. 

People with an Intellectual Disability  ARE NOT SICK , but they can get sick like everyone else and sometimes I feel people outside don't fully understand this. They don't just need Gods help. They need the help of qualified people that want to understand them so that their needs are met and they have chance to enjoy their life as much as is possible.

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Special Routes to Higher Education

HEAR and DARE are special routes into college for students who may have particular difficulties:

What is HEAR?

HEAR is not a grant scheme - it is an admissions route into college for school leavers who, for social, financial or cultural reasons, are under-represented in third level education. Colleges participating in the HEAR scheme set aside a quota of places with reduced points and make these available to eligible students. The HEAR scheme is aimed at eligible students that have ability, motivation and the potential to succeed at 3rd level.  

What are the Benefits of HEAR?

  • Entry into a broad range of courses on reduced CAO points
  • A wide range of post-entry supports for eligible students

To find out more about the HEAR scheme click here.

What is DARE?

DARE is is a college and university admissions scheme which offers places on a reduced points basis to school leavers under 23 years old. The scheme has been set up by a number of colleges and universities as evidence shows that disability can have a negative effect on how well a student does at school and whether they go on to college. 

Who is it for?
DARE is for school leavers who have the ability to benefit from and succeed in higher education but who may not be able to meet the points for their preferred course due to the impact of their disability.

Changes made to the DARE scheme for 2016 mean that applicants who are eligible for both HEAR and DARE will now be prioritised.

For more information see: Important Changes to DARE for 2016


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Creative
Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.

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