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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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Laboratory Assistant

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Laboratory Assistant
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Last Updated: March, 2017

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Laboratory assistants help scientists and laboratory technicians in industrial, medical and educational laboratories.


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Aides maintain, set out and clear away equipment used for demonstrations in teaching laboratories. They clean, repair and sterilise equipment like test tubes, and dispose of laboratory waste.  
 
Aides prepare samples from plants and animals, including bacteria and tissue cultures. They help technicians by labelling slides and specimens, and monitoring and maintaining stock. Where they help in analysis, aides bring unusual observations or results to the attention of the supervisor.  
 
Aides may store and handle dangerous substances, and need to follow strict health and safety procedures. These may include wearing protective clothing, like gloves, face masks, goggles and overalls. The job may also involve lifting and carrying heavy equipment.


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As a laboratory assistant, you must be thorough, methodical and accurate in setting up experiments and looking after equipment.  
You must be able to meet deadlines, for example, by having equipment ready in time for a teaching class.  
 
Laboratory assistants usually work under supervision, although initiative should be shown.  
 
You must have good communication skills and be able to express your findings clearly, sometimes in written reports. Good observational skills are very important.  
 
For work in some laboratories (especially for companies that make dyes and pigments) you may be tested for colour vision.


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