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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Demand for Apprentice Agricultural Mechanics

agricultural mechanics in 2017 reported a slight increase on the previous year to 152 registered by August 31, 2017

Labour shortage observed across several agricultural industries is hitting machinery garages, with mechanics leaving the trade and not enough apprentices in training. According to industry experts, There are only half the required number of apprentices in training to facilitate these roles.

The number of people enrolled as apprentice agricultural mechanics in 2017 reported a slight increase on the previous year to 152 registered by August 31, 2017. However, the number of apprentice agri mechanics makes up less than 1.5% of the total number of apprenticeships taken on across the board each year.

There is currently a demand for more apprentice schemes to be made available to cater for the demand. There are around 40 apprentices registered in each of two training courses: the degree-level apprenticeship run by Tralee IT and the FTMTA which can be accessed here and the craft course operated by SOLAS which can be accessed without the Leaving Cert and is avaialble here.

The role of a Agricultural mechanics are concerned with fault-finding, repair, overhaul and maintenance of farm tractors and farm machinery.

To learn more about the role of an Agricultural Mechanic and entry routes click here.

For vacancies O'Shea Plant Hire & Sales company based in Kilkenny and current vacancies for an Agricultural Mechanic and Store Person and can be contacted via info@osheasales.com with a CV and Cover Letter.

For more information on all the above check out our New Apprenticeships 2020 page here.

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