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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Acoustic Consultant

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Acoustics Physicist / Consultant
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€25 - 50
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Advises on the management, regulation and control of the noises and vibrations that surround us in the home, the workplace and the environment.


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Acoustic Consultants can work in several different specialty areas. Typically Acoustic Consultants will work with an architect, designer, builder, contractor, facility owner or the general public. Their role and services will vary greatly depending on the specialty of the project.

Work can involve carrying out noise assessments and environmental noise surveys on buildings to make sure they meet all legal requirements. 

Acoustic Consultants use computers to find ways of reducing machinery noise and vibration in the workplace and exploring how sound vibrations effect machinery and structures, such as bridges or aircrafts. 

Using past experience and results from testing and calculations, the consultant can provide solutions that address sound propagation, speech intelligibility and the enhancement of music, and provide options to mitigate noise within the built environment.

Acoustic consultants can review plans for new facilities in order to make recommendations on space planning, room shaping, finish selections, construction methods, etc. The consultant can perform tests within an existing facility to assess the acoustic environment and make recommendations as to how to mitigate concerns. 

Acoustic issues, particularly those dealing with excessive noise can sometimes lead to legal issues. Consultants can be asked to study the issues surrounding a case, perform tests, compare results with codes and standards, and give expert testimony. Consultants can also test existing systems for compliance with acceptable noise levels and make recommendations as to how to mitigate noise and vibration concerns.

Employment can be found in a variety of fields, for example construction, the environment, the media or medical technology. It is also possible to work in specialised areas of the industry such as audio and hi-fi design, auditorium and concert hall design, telecommunications, quiet vehicle and product design or underwater acoustics.


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It is important for an Acoustic Consultant to have a creative and practical approach to solving problems. Good communication skills are vital in order to discuss and explain design plans clearly. 

Good project management and organisational skills are necessary along with strong budgeting and negotiating skills.

Attention to detail and an inquisitive mindset are vital attributes for an acoustic consultant.


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