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 Print Museum 2017 Culture and Heritage Studies course

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National Print Museum 2017 Culture and Heritage Studies course

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 

National Print Museum 2017 Culture and Heritage Studies course

The National Print Museum/CDETB LTI Programme in Cultural and Heritage Studies is now open for applications. a QQI Level 5 Major Award in Cultural and Heritage Studies 5M2154. The programme Start Date is 16th October 2017 .

This is a QQI Level 5 Major Award in Cultural and Heritage Studies 5M2154. The programme start date is 16th October 2017.

Course Overview

Cultural and Heritage Studies Award

The National Print Museum seeks to collect, document, preserve exhibit and make accessible the material evidence of the printing craft and foster associated skills of the craft in Ireland. It is supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the City of Dublin Education Training Board. It is also a fully accredited under the Heritage Council’s Museum Standards Programme for Ireland.

The QQI Cultural and Heritage Studies Award is a long established programme at the National Print Museum which aims to assist people in developing the skills to seek employment in the Cultural and Heritage industry and/or progress to Further Education after the course. Full details here [PDF]

On Completion

Past students have progressed to employment in the National Museum of Ireland, Malahide Castle, Airfield, National Gallery of Ireland, IMMA and OPW sites throughout Ireland. Others have taken up places in Trinity College, UCD, DIT and Maynooth University either applying as mature students, through the CAO or through Access courses.

Who can apply?

The course is open to anyone who is unemployed and between the ages of 18-35, in receipt of a Social Welfare payment.

Eligibility & Criteria

  • Be able to commit to a twelve month full-time QQI Level 5 Cultural and Heritage Studies Award
  • Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or LCVP or FETAC/QQI Level 4 Award.

How to apply

Register your interest by emailing: OR

Apply directly through  here OR

Visit our website on for further details

The CareersPortal Team