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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Posted on September 11, 2017

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IT Sligo’s campus tours are ideal for students and their families who are considering a course at IT Sligo or who would like to see the campus, explore the facilities and find out more about their chosen course areas.

What does this tour include?
The tour will commence in Reception of the Main Building with a brief introduction from our team of Graduate Ambassadors on our programmes, facilities, student life and supports available.

The tour includes a visit to the Yeats Library, followed by a walk through the Institute’s extensive campus, School of Business and Social Sciences, new School of Science building and the School of Engineering and Design.

Visitors will also see our athletics track, playing pitches and sports facilities at the Knocknarea Arena, the Innovation Centre, Student Lounge and finish in the Student Support Services Building.

When are the tours?
Tours are offered on the first Friday of each month at 9.30am, 11.30am and 2:30pm. Your campus tour will last approximately 1 hour.

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