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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National Pen plans 250 new jobs for Dundalk

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National Pen plans 250 new jobs for Dundalk


Tuesday, January 02, 2018 




National Pen plans 250 new jobs for Dundalk

National Pen has announced it will be creating 250 New Jobs in Dundalk as part of its expansion plans over the next 5 years. The announcement came as it celebrated its 30th Anniversary based in Dundalk.

Since its opening in Dundalk 30 years ago National Pen has grown to a milestone of over 1,000 employees between full-time and temporary staff.

National Pen is a worldwide leader in providing high value promotional products for businesses and professionals by providing expert knowledge and effective promotional products such as pens, magnets, calendars, mugs, tote bags and more.

Dundalk and the county Louth area has seen a huge boost in IDA jobs with the numbers employed by the foreign companies having risen form 1,300 in 2009 to close to 4,000 currently.

You can also click here to view all current vacancies by clicking here.

 




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