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 Elaine MacDonald from St. Michael's House to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Elaine MacDonald

Psychologist - Clinical

St. Michael's House

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  Elaine MacDonald

Make sure you are willing to go the full distance in terms of the time needed to train as a Clinical Psychologist – it’s typically at least six years academic study, and invariably this period is interspersed with work in a relevant field.

Do be as confident as you can that you’re happy being a “listener” and “observer”, as you will spend significant amounts of time in your work life as a Clinical Psychologist being in this role, as well as being in the “do-er” role and being in the limelight.

To have a good ‘fit’ with this career you’ll need to be happy working with people – as individuals on a one to one basis, with groups (e.g. families), and as part of a team in the workplace.

You need to have a good attention to detail as the job needs good observation skills, record keeping, and organisation skills.

Be prepared for learning and self-development to be on-going for the whole of your career because, as a Clinical Psychologist, you’ll be learning and using techniques and intervention approaches that are being constantly developed, and be working in accordance with policies and laws that are also constantly evolving.

The last piece of advice I’d give to someone considering this job is to be as sure as you can that you feel comfortable and even excited at the prospect of your career revolving around people and groups with all the varied, diverse, and unpredictable rewards and challenges that this brings!

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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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Have you tested for colour deficiency? If not use the tool below to check your vision.

Note: Because of differences in computer screens, this test can only provide a rough indication of your vision. However, it may alert you to a possible deficiency.

Only a test administered by a qualified professional can determine whether you have the condition.   

 
Introduction to Colour Blindness by Dr Raj Patel OD 

   
 

Colour Blindness – Career Choices

Colour blindness is not a major concern for most occupations. However there are some areas where it could be a significant drawback, and even completely restrictive.

The Arts
Colour blindness can make some jobs difficult, and others impossible. Working with fashion and art can be extremely difficult as you will be unable to differentiate between some of the colours you’ll be required to work with as an everyday part of your job. Likewise, jobs such as interior design or lighting engineer can be quite challenging.

Engineering
There are some areas of engineering that will pose difficulties for those with colour blindness. Areas where difficult may arise include:

Electrical / Electronic Engineering  Space and Computer Engineering - people with colour blindness may experience some minor difficulties, such as an inability to read colour code on resistors, to major handicaps such as an inability to distinguish different circuit tracks for drawings of multi-layer circuit layouts.

Material Science / Engineering - people with colour blindness may be disadvantaged as they could be required to identify microstructures using different colour etching.

Chemical Engineering - some field jobs require the ability to differentiate between color-coded pipelines, sign-posts and equipment. Some duties such as process design may require the use of colors and may present severe obstacles to an employee with colour-blindness.

Civil Engineering - engineers are required to read computer-generated drawings which may come with different coloured lines.

Aviation
Colour vision is essential for recognising aircraft position lights, light-gun signals, airport beacons, approach-slope indicators, and chart symbols, especially at night. As a result all pilots have to undergo colour vision testing prior to obtaining a license. Pilots and Air Traffic Controllers are particularly disadvantaged, although many do succeed in these professions. 

Useful Links:
Eyesight Reference Data - Sight standards for occupations in Ireland
Colour Vision Defects - Factfile [pdf]