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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Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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Options after school

Leaving school marks a significant milestone on your career journey. It's also a crossroads - with many possible pathways lying ahead. In Ireland, most students choose to continue their education by going to college using either the Further Education (FET) or Higher Education (HET) routes, but there are other options available too:


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An increasing number of Irish students who choose the Higher Education route are opting to study abroad. Along with the UK, USA and Australia/New Zealand, many European colleges now teach their programmes through English.

Many students will choose to get a job and start earning money right away. Opportunities for school-leavers often exist in the Retail, Banking, Accountancy, Insurance and Manufacturing sectors for example. Some of these options will include going to college as part of the employment contract (Earn and Learn) - which means you get paid while you do your Degree!

Another popular destination is working with Government Bodies - these include the Civil Service, the Defence Forces, the Gardaí, Bord Iascaigh Mhara, Teagasc, or state companies such as Coillte. Many of these organisations include significant further education as part of the training for the job, sometimes to Degree level.

Apprenticeships are another popular choice for school leavers, though in recent years there have been a disappointing lack of opportunities available. However, the future looks a bit brighter for apprenticeships as the government is finally putting some effort into creating more opportunities in the next few years.

Fortunately, most of these pathways will be available throughout your future, so if you start off along one route and it doesn't work out, you can always continue your journey along a different pathway from wherever you are at the time!


What are your Career Interests?

Administrative
Administrative
Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.

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