Patrick McDonald – Carer of people and technology.



I’m a social care worker with over 23 years experience supporting people with intellectual disabilities. In my work, I have developed high levels of patience, empathy, and communication skills. I’m very passionate about the web and mobile technologies and how they can enhance our lives. As someone who helps others every day, I’m now seeking a new challenge in the technology sector that allows me to use my best qualities. Through my varied career, I’ve also worked as a pizza cook, waiter, bicycle salesperson and bicycle messenger. I love nature, technology, music, knowledge, and people!


Western Care Association

October 2006 – Present

Social Care Worker

In my present role, I support adults with intellectual disabilities and complex health needs living in the community. I work as part of a close-knit team advocating for the personal and health outcomes of service users we work with. I am based in a residential group home in Westport, County Mayo and I work a flexible roster that covers evenings and weekends.

Stewarts Care

September 2005 – December 2006 (1 year, 4 months)

Day Services Team Member

In this role, I worked as a team leader delivering day activation services on campus. Developed and delivered individualised programmes for service users, in partnership with colleagues in residential services and the service multi-disciplinary team. I also acted up as a senior team member (centre manager) when required.

Stewarts Care

May 1994 – August 2005 (11 years, 4 months)

Care Assistant

In this role, I supported Adults with Intellectual Disabilities in residential, day and community services. I worked as part of a team led by Nursing staff in residential services, a Team Member in day services and Nurse managers in community services. In community services, I worked in a remote capacity with service users in their group home.
I was responsible for planning and implementing service user care/ activity plans, managed the running of group homes and supported service users health and welfare needs.


Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology 2010 – 2011

CCNA Exploration.

In this course, I learned about general and Cisco propriety network technologies and procedures. I found the subject matter suited my passion for learning about and troubleshooting technology.


Grade: Pass


National University of Ireland, Galway 2008 – 2009

Higher Diploma in Systems Analysis.

This excellent course gave me a solid foundation in web technologies and a broad overview of software design and development. Subject matter included – applied systems analysis and design, Visual Basic and Java programming, web/ media design and development and computer networking.


Grade: Second class honours

University College Dublin 2000 – 2005

Bachelor of Social Science.

For my honours degree, I majored in Social Policy and Politics. I also studied a diverse range of courses in Human Resource Management, Sociology, Psychology and Economics.


Grade: Second class honours


The Open University 1998 – 1999

Certificate in Community Care, Social Sciences.

With the Open University, I studied courses D103 (Introduction to the Social Sciences) and K100 (Introduction to Social Care).

I found studying with the OU to be a great experience in remote learning.

Grade: Pass


The Internet and Mobile Technologies, Child Welfare, Residential Care, Care Planning, Teamwork, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention, First Aid, Healthcare, Research, Mental Health, Adult Social Care, Report Writing, Crisis Intervention, Social Services, Communication, Time Management, Case Management, Empathy.