|►||Choosing A Career|
|►||The Importance of Knowing Yourself|
|►||Exploring Education Options|
|►||Looking for Work|
|►||Growing your Career|
|►||Where to find Professional Advice|
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 Brenda O Loughlin from McDonald's to give some advice for people considering this job:
|I guess I would tell anyone considering this job that they need to be able to multi task, have good people and communication skills and be prepared to work hard.|
|►||Guide to Self Assessment|
|►||Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry & Food|
|►||Animals & Veterinary Science|
|►||Maritime, Fishing & Aquaculture|
|►||Building, Construction & Property|
|►||Chemical, Biomedical & Pharmaceutical Sciences|
|►||Computers & ICT|
|►||Earth Science & Environment|
|►||Electrical & Electronic Engineering|
|►||Mechanical Engineering & Manufacturing|
|►||Physical & Mathematical
|►||Space Science & Technology|
|►||Accountancy & Taxation|
& Public Relations
|►||Banking, Insurance &
|►||Business Organisation &
|►||Clerical & Administration|
|►||Sales, Retail & Purchasing|
|►||Transport & Logistics|
|►||The Irish Education System|
|►||School & College Education|
|►||Government Upskilling Initiatives|
|►||Guide to Studying Abroad|
|►||Studying in the UK|
|►||Studying in Europe|
|►||Studying in the USA|
|►||Studying in Australia or New Zealand|
|Dun Laoghaire Further Education Institute|
|Kildalton Agricultural & Horticultural College|
|Ballsbridge College of Further Education|
|Thursday 23 March|
|Limerick IT - LIT - Open Morning @ LIT Thurles Campus|
|Wednesday 29 March|
|Dublin IT - DIT - Guidance Counsellor Day|
|Thursday 30 March|
|The Lir Academy - Deadline to Apply for Junior Academy|
|Thursday 30 March|
|IT Tralee - IT Tralee at Agri Careers Fair RDS Dublin|
|Friday 31 March|
|Cavan Institute - Open Days (Fri & Sat 2 Days)|
View all 
|►||The Changing World of Work|
|►||Career Stories from around Ireland|
|►||Types of Employment|
|►||Changing Career Direction|
|►||Starting Your Own Business|
|Career Sectors > >|
Liam Dowling, Clinical Nurse Manager 2
Liam is a qualified Nurse (CNM2) in the area of Intellectual Disability. He chose to change his career path from that of a qualified Butcher to Intellectual Disability Nursing in his early twenties, and completed a Degree programme. He now works in St Michael's house with people that have severe and profound intellectual disabilities.
Inter Cert (now Junior Cert) only! Life experience helped and then I took further training. A Civics teacher guided me and then I did a Care course in Bull Alley Street. This confirmed to me that the area I wanted to work in was in care work. The direct Nursing path way was brilliant although it wasn't my first choice.
At 24 I was too young for a Trinity Social work degree (their loss). I loved my nurse training. I was very hands on which suited me, I am not sure if I could have coped as well in a college only environment. I often wonder what I would have done if I had stayed on in school, done the Leaving and then gone to college..... but I have no regrets!
Inter cert then Diploma in Victuallery (butcher). Dont laugh! yes, I went to college to become a qualified Victualler.
Later I did a Certificate in Nursing, a Degree in Nursing and a few courses in between to bring me up to date.
The Degree in Nursing was vital in linking theory to practice. The PLC course in Bull Ally Street was my foundation.
The Management Diploma helps you to battle with the big guns!!
I would never rule it out. Practices are continually changing and we need to keep up. Research into epilepsy among other areas are really changing the way we do our job. So it is vital that we keep up with that knowledge and stay on a path of continuous professional development.