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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4 600 extra teachers being hired between this year and next year

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4 600 extra teachers being hired between this year and next year


Wednesday, April 19, 2017 




4 600 extra teachers being hired between this year and next year

Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, has reconfirmed his commitment to hiring 4,600 extra teachers by September.

The move means that teachers who had been emigrating will increasingly be able to find jobs in Irish schools. Currently, there are urgent gaps in subjects such as Irish, European languages, home economics and maths.

At the same time, finding qualified teachers to teach them is problematic. Schools are reporting increasing difficulties in recruiting teachers in maths, science, resource and guidance. In addition, short-term, unexpected absences have become a major challenge for schools due to lack of cover.

A survey of secondary schools carried out by one representative body found that 96 per cent of schools contacted reported difficulties in recruiting part-time or temporary teaching cover. The issue was most acute in Irish, where the majority reported difficulties finding teachers (67 per cent), followed by modern languages (51 per cent), maths (30 per cent), home economics (26 per cent) and science (20 per cent).

The quality of teaching across primary and secondary schools may also be at risk due to a lack of qualified teachers, according to an as yet unpublished research report commissioned by the Department of Education.

Striking the Balance was prepared by a technical working group linked to the Teaching Council of Ireland. It is believed to confirm that at second level there is a shortage of teachers in key subjects including Irish, home economics, physics and European languages. The result is the use of “out of field” teachers, i.e. teachers who are not specifically qualified in that subject area and lack a detailed knowledge of the curriculum.

Minister Bruton has pledged to publish the report which was finalised in December 2015 over the coming weeks. He maintains that the Government’s move to hire an extra 4,600 teachers between last September and next September means teachers who had been emigrating will increasingly be able to find jobs in Irish schools.

The CareersPortal Team