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

Aoife Lyons

Occupational Psychologist

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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.

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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Q and A with Thomas Street Volunteer Ambassador

"I’m a pretty outgoing and social person and have always loved chatting with people. Volunteering in the Liberties area has led me to meeting many different nationalities and lots of different characters with their own story to tell.", Paula Connolly - Thomas Street Volunteer Ambassador 

What inspired you to start volunteering?

I have always felt strongly about issues such as homelessness and drug rehabilitation, having great admiration for volunteers who dedicated their time to such causes. I myself previously became aware of the Thomas Street Programme last year and immediately got involved in a volunteer role myself when the programme began this summer.

How would you describe your role as a Thomas St. Volunteer Ambassador?

As Ambassadors to the area we are always on hand to offer assistance and advise to both tourists and locals. People often see us in action and are very curious about the work we do - it’s a great opportunity to share some of the sites and history of the Liberties area.

What aspects of the role do you really enjoy?

I’m a pretty outgoing and social person and have always loved chatting with people. Volunteering in the Liberties area has led me to meeting many different nationalities and lots of different characters with their own story to tell. There are so many areas you would normally stroll by without a second glance but there are often stories to tell about these historic areas and I love sharing them with visitors and the local community.

Which is your favourite landmark in the Liberties area?

St. Audoen's Church is a personal favorite of mine. There is a lot of impressive architectural detail to the building and so much history to go with it. Not many tourists or even locals are aware of this fantastic building but it’s one I like to point people in the direction of.

Do you feel The Thomas Street Ambassador Programme has made a positive difference to the area?

The programme does a great job of spreading awareness of the areas history and culture. There is so much to the Liberties that people don’t know about, the vast majority of tourists are attracted to the Guinness Storehouse but they are always happy when we share the story and history of sites like Christchurch Cathedral as well as Francis Street and Meath Street.

What advice would you give to someone interested in volunteering?

I’m a great believer in volunteering and giving back to the community. I have met some lovely people during my time so far and have made some great friends along the way. There’s no better place to contribute than your own local area and volunteering has proven to be such a rewarding experience for me.

Paula Connolly ~ Volunteer Ireland 

Article by: Paula Connolly