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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Ceramics Technologist

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Ceramics Technologist
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€25 - 54
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Last Updated: March, 2017

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Ceramics technologists carry out work concerned with the science and technology of ceramic materials.


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Ceramics technologists work in the research, development, production and quality control of ceramics and ceramic products. They have a specialist scientific knowledge of inorganic, non-metallic materials. Ceramic materials are used in the manufacture of a wide range of products such as:

  • pottery (tableware, washbasins and electrical insulation)
  • building materials (bricks, tiles and drains)
  • heat resistant materials for furnaces
  • electrical and electronic components

Ceramic technologists research, analyse and test raw materials and ceramic products, to determine their structure, and chemical and physical properties. Structures are examined using microscopes and X-ray images.  
 
The technologist selects and uses appropriate tests, to determine the ability of each ceramic product to withstand conditions such as high temperatures, mechanical stress and environmental erosion. Ceramics technologists also devise new, more accurate methods of testing.  
 
In development work, technologists design new ceramic materials to meet certain requirements. Ceramics can be used to make electronic components, superconductors and human joint replacements (as well as the more traditional pottery and building materials). Ceramics technologists work to extend the range of uses further and, where necessary, develop new manufacturing processes and shaping tools.  
 
In production and quality control, ceramics technologists are in direct contact with the manufacturing process. These technologists need to be knowledgeable about every stage of production. Stages include:

  • the preparation of raw materials
  • the selection of suitable heat treatment
  • grinding or machining
  • polishing


They deal with problems that arise at any stage of the process and advice on ways of using new ceramics. They may also develop traditional methods to obtain certain results. Quality control work involves testing raw materials and finished products to make sure that they meet the required standards.


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You should enjoy solving problems and making decisions. In some cases you may have to manage people, so you need to have good communication and management skills.


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Organisation: Design & Craft Council of Ireland
Address: Castle Yard, Kilkenny
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