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Mary Ita Heffernan

Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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Psychologist - Sports

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Sport and Exercise Psychologist
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€22 - 58
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Last Updated: April, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Applies psychological knowledge in sport settings to help athletes, coaches or sports teams reach higher levels of performance.


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  • Consulting with athletes and teams with a view to providing psychological skills training appropriate to the individual and commensurate with their level of participation.
  • Organising and operating workshops for coaches, teachers and exercise specialists.
  • Guiding and advising clubs, schools, coaches, parents and athletes in the application of sport psychology theories and practices.
  • Assisting governing bodies in the area of planning and implementing policy relating to participation, performance and training from a psychological perspective.
  • Counselling referees to deal with the stressful and demanding aspects of their role.
  • Advising coaches on how to build cohesion within their team.
  • Helping athletes to deal with the psychological and emotional consequences of sustaining an injury.
  • Planning and conducting research in sports psychology.
  • Keeping up to date with the literature and best practice in their field.
  • Providing an arena for sports people to engage in reflective assessment of their involvement in sports and future developments.


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Organisation: Irish Sports Council
Address: Top Floor, Block A, Westend Office Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
Tel: (01) 8608800
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