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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Working mostly in stock rooms or on the shop floor, booksellers work with customers and liaise with publishing sales to purchase, organise, manage and sell books to the public or to specialist organisations such as universities.


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Booksellers are responsible for a variety of tasks relating to the day-to-day running of the bookshop. In larger shops responsibilities will be more delineated but generally a bookseller will be on hand to advise customers on their choice of book. They will have to replenish shelves, dust and arrange books in an attractive and accessible way.  
 
They will place orders for customers with publishers and will trace lesser known titles using computer databases. They are expected to keep abreast of new titles by reading reviews and consulting publishers' catalogues. Senior staff will order new titles and make sure classic titles remain in stock.


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You need to be approachable, helpful, friendly and co-operative when dealing with customers. This requires strong interpersonal and communication skills. You need to be patient as you may have to deal with customer complaints and customers being awkward.  
 
You will need a thorough knowledge of the books you sell. Many of the larger shops will employ specialists in certain areas.  
 
A good general health and fitness is required for this job as it can require heavy lifting and use of step-ladders.


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Organisation: Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom and Ireland
Address: Minister House, 272 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London SW1V 1BA, UK
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Organisation: Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom and Ireland
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