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We asked Aoife Lyons from Civil and Public Service Jobs to give some advice for people considering this job:

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Psychology is a very broad area and I would encourage people to reflect on the field that would suit them best. If you study pharmacy, you will graduate as a pharmacist. It is different in psychology. The role of a Clinical Psychologist differs significantly from the role of an Educational Psychologist, a Forensic Psychologist or a Sports Psychologist. A post graduate qualification will be required to practice in any of these fields. Regardless of the area of psychology that interests you, respect for and an interest in people is a key value that is required. Once you have qualifications, networks and professional bodies are a good way to meet prospective employers.
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The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Third Secretary- Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

"All new Third Secretaries undertake language lessons and there are many more training opportunities." Carol Staunton, Third Secretary- Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade. 

I graduated from NUI Galway with a PhD in Sociology in 2013 and, after working for some time in the pharmaceutical sector, I joined the Institute of Technology, Tralee as a Research Assistant on the UNESCO Chair in Inclusive Physical Education, Sport, Recreation and Fitness.

Working with various state agencies, international organisations and interlocutors on the programme prepared me well for life in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which began in March 2015 when I entered the diplomatic stream as a Third Secretary.

Since then, I have been assigned to the Department’s Trade Division, where I work on economic messaging and cultural relations. My role is varied and dynamic; I speak with colleagues abroad every day and meet with various national stakeholders with one goal in mind – to promote Ireland abroad.

The Department’s work in this area has contributed greatly to the signs of economic recovery that we are beginning to see, and being a part of that work has been a real education. While I am firmly focused on my current responsibilities, one eye is always on future postings abroad.

All new Third Secretaries undertake language lessons and there are many more training opportunities besides, which have enhanced my skill-set and my overall experience in the Department so far. It’s been a wonderful journey from the recruitment process to commencing my service, and I thoroughly recommend it.

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Article by: Carol Staunton