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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CK111
Early Years and Childhood Studies

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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This course aims to develop students knowledge and skills in a wide range of areas concerning early childhood learning. They study subjects such as education, social policy, psychology, child health, and welfare. Educational and work placements in the second and third years place the theory into practice.

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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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DCHSC  5M2009  Early Childhood Care and Education
DCXXX  6M2007  Early Childhood Care and Education

Essential Module Requirements:
Must have distinctions in 5 modules (excluding 5N1356 - Work Experience; 6N1946 - Work Experience; W20008 - Work Experience; 5N1433 - Work Practice; 6N1947 - Work Practice) in the QQI FET/FETAC qualification which must include two of the following modules:


5N1764 - Child Development
or 6N1942 - Child Development
or D20005 - Child Development
or L22679 - Child and Adolescent Development

5N1773 - Early Childhood Education and Play

6N1944 - Early Childhood Curriculum

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Positions requiring organisational and managerial skills in the rapidly expanding areas of preschool facilities, cr?ches, after school services for children.



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