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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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Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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Catherine O’Donnell – Motion Graphics Editor

Why did you chose to study Creative MultiMedia in LIT Clonmel?

I didn’t plan to study Creative Multimedia, Through the CAO I got a place in LIT Clonmel’s Animation course, but it didn’t run that year so I was offered a place on Creative Multimedia instead. Once I saw what modules were on offer for the course, I saw that it had a great variety of module’s I was interested in studying. I think it has worked out for the best because Creative Multimedia gave me a wider choice of career paths to take. Then being able to specialise in Motion Design in 4th year allowed me to have a stronger portfolio.

What did you do after you completed your studies?

After taking the summer off after my degree, I looked for work as a Motion Graphics designer, I interviewed with the vStream for different departments and found an ideal Internship position in Visual in the field of work I was interested in doing in vStream’s video production company, Visual.

What are you working on at the moment?

I have since completed my internship with Visual and I have since continued to work with the company.

What did your time at LIT prepare you for your working career?

I learned so much during my time in LIT from all the lecturers and the projects we were given allowed me to learn and build up my portfolio, but there is a lot to the course, not just the creative modules, it prepared us for the workplace by teaching us how to best work together as a team during many team projects and teamwork modules. Project management has also been a great help now that I’m working and the opportunity to do work placement gave me a great insight into the career path I had chosen, to test the waters to see if it was actually something I wanted to pursue before graduating.


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