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We asked Elaine MacDonald from St. Michael's House to give some advice for people considering this job:
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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A cartographic draughtsperson assists Cartographers with the analysis of field survey and land management data.
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A cartographic draughtsperson uses material selected by a cartographer to produce maps and charts. Some work, especially in small organisations, may need the draughtsperson to use traditional methods of working on coated plastic drafting foils and films used to produce printers' plates. However, digital mapping, which involves the use of computers to construct maps, is quite common.
A draughtsperson may add details such as new housing estates to existing maps. They select the size of letters and symbols according to the importance of features. They must also fit data into required mapping formats prepare edit and revise plans.
The work requires patience, concentration and attention to detail. You will need to be neat and have a steady hand to be able to produce maps by hand. You will need an eye for design to make sure that maps are attractive as well as accurate, an interest in drawing or design and an aptitude for working with computers. You also need good vision, including normal colour vision.
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|Address:||Phoenix Park, Dublin 8|
|Tel:||(01) 8025300 or Lo-Call 1890 674627|
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|Address:||Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1|
|Tel:||(01) 858 7400 or Locall: 1890 44 9999|
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