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.
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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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Tom Foley- Senior Typographic Advisor

Senior Typographic Advisor, Dalton Maag

I began studying the core year of Art and Design in my first year in LSAD. The aim of this course is to give first years the opportunity to try out a wide range of subjects such as fine art, design, fashion design, ceramics, painting, and print making. However once I took the graphic design module I was hooked and knew that this is what I wanted to do. I then chose to study the BA in Visual Communications for my final three years.

In this course we were exposed to the full spectrum of what visual communications is, from traditional graphic design, print based media design, branding, animation, film, and photography. This course prepares you for the practicality of the workplace but also equips you with the research skills you will need in order to be able to develop your research and turn it into an idea.

After graduation I did a masters in Central Saint Martins in London and then started working at Dalton Maag as a designer. I worked my way up and became a team manager and in 2015 I became a Senior Typographic Advisor.

For anyone interested in doing this course I would advise them to test the waters in their first year, try things out and be experimental, then you will know what area best suits you. Everything you will do in the Visual Communications course will be about the concept and thinking process the nature of the briefs are written to be short so you can respond quickly and creatively which will help you find your voice as a designer.

For me, it started in LIT.


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