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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2018 Garda Trainee Recruitment is Now Open

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2018 Garda Trainee Recruitment is Now Open


Thursday, May 17, 2018 




2018 Garda Trainee Recruitment is Now Open

The 2018 Garda Trainee recruitment campaign is now open for applications . The closing date this year is 3pm Wednesday 6th June 2018.

An Garda Síochána is the national police and security service of Ireland. Its mission is to deliver professional policing and security services with the trust, confidence and support of the people we serve.

 

The Role

Includes, but is not limited to the following functions:

  • Ensuring our nation’s security;
  • The prevention and detection of crime;
  • Enhancing community safety;
  • Reducing the incidence of fatal and serious injuries on our roads and improving road safety;
  • Working with communities to prevent anti-social behaviour;
  • Promoting an inter-agency approach to problem solving and improving the overall quality of life.

Requirements

  • You must be medically and physically fit.
  • Have a dedicated sense of community spirit.
  • Be empathetic and passionate about helping other people.

Who should apply

  • Men and women who are involved in giving back to their community through voluntary work whether that is through the Garda Reserve, Reserve Defence Forces, Civil Defence or any other voluntary organisations.
  • Women and individuals from minority groups are especially encouraged consider a career in policing.

The ideal candidate should be:

  • Well organised
  • Methodical
  • Ethical 
  • Have a keen attention to detail.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age but not yet 35 years of age on midnight of the 6th June, 2018 (i.e. born between 4th June 1983 and 6th June 2000).

Education

Candidates must by the closing date have achieved one of the following:

(a) Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum grade D3 in five subjects at Ordinary Level (Applicants who completed the Leaving Cert in 2017 must meet the grade equivalent under the current Leaving Cert. grading system.)

or

(b) A Level 5 Certificate (Major award) on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ),

or

(c) A recognised qualification (at Level 5 or greater), comparable to the above as determined by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)

AND

(d) Proven proficiency in two languages one of which must be Irish or English (i.e. have the relevant grades in the Irish Leaving Certificate; or for English or Irish through assessments as set out by the Public Appointments Service. 

Note: Foundation Level Leaving Certificate subjects are not considered equivalent for entry to this competition.

In certain cases, a Pass in the Leaving Certificate Applied may be deemed equivalent to an Ordinary Leaving Certificate.

Further Information

Candidates should read the full and detailed application criteria. This is available to read on www.publicjobs.ie, click here

Entrants to An Garda Síochána undertake the BA in Applied Policing (D-157) at the Garda College in Templemore. This is a 2-year programme.

How to apply

Application is made online via PublicJobs.ie. Closing date for applications Wednesday 6th June, 2018

To receive notification of Garda Trainee recruitment campaigns as they arise you can register as a member of Public Jobs.

To find out more about the a career in An Garda Síochána, including video interviews with gardai and trainee gardai, click here. 

The CareersPortal Team.