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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:
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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Marie O'Donovan, Environmental Officer
Marie O'Donovan studied Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering in Trinity College, which is a 4 year honors degree course. She is now working as an Environmental Officer for Roadstone Provinces Ltd., working in the south of the country. She has recently been involved in achieving company wide accreditation of the ISO 14001, an Environmental Management System.
The most relelvant subjects to my college course which I choose for my leaving certificate were physics & chemistry.
I also had honours maths which was essential along with one science subject for entry into my college course.
These three subjects have been a useful back up throughout my career so far.
I think I choose well, the one thing I would change about my choices would be to do technical drawing.
After completing my Leaving Certificate, I then studied Civil, Structural & Environmental Engineering in Trinity College, which is a 4 year honors degree course.
I completed the Institute of Quarrying's 'Quarry Management' course in Doncaster, this course was completed in one year as some subjects were exempt as they were covered in my engineering degree.
In my present role as Environmental Officer the environmental section of my degree course has been a good background to start from.
Also the environmantal module of the Qaurrying course was very relevant to my job and has been a source of reference to me.
In my previous roles in CRH I have found that the knowledge of building materials from my college course was a distinct advantage as a graduate.
Since graduating I have completed a Company Graduate Development Program and travelled to the UK to attended exams for a Quarry Managment course.
This year I hope to complete an environmental noise monitoring course.