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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DN541
International Languages

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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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If you are interested in specialising in modern foreign languages, combining your language skills with an understanding of the literature, history and culture of the countries in which these languages are spoken, then the new BA (International) Modern Languages could be for you.

Students can study French, German, Italian or Spanish at an advanced level, and Italian, Spanish and German as a beginner. An intrinsic part of the degree is a year spent abroad in an International partner university where students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in another culture alongside taking academic courses. 

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You can apply for DN541 only ONCE.

You must select ONE of the following options (e.g. DN541 FGE [French/German])

DN541 FGE = French/German

DN541 FIT = French/Italian

DN541 FSP = French/Spanish

DN541 ITG = Italian/German

DN541 TSP = Italian/Spanish

DN541 GSP = German/Spanish


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Your excellent knowledge of at least two languages and strong communication, intercultural and analytical skills will open careers in:

- Politics and public service
- Journalism
- Education
- Finance
- Marketing and business
- Creative and media industries
- Translation and interpreting



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