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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AS001
Education, Home Economics and Biology - with concurrent Teacher Education

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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.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the QQI, HEA or Higher Education Institutes.

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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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The programme consists of three main components: Home Economics, Education and Biology. The study of Home Economics includes the interrelated areas of Food Studies, Textiles, Fashion, Design and Family Resource Management. The scientific components underpinning these disciplines include; Art & Design; Physics, Chemistry, Food Science, Microbiology are integrated across all years of the programme.

The Education component of the programme provides students with the major foundation disciplines of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) which include History and Policy of Education, Psychology, Philosophy and Sociology of Education (which incorporates Special Educational Needs and Development Education) together with the Professional Studies elements which include Curriculum Studies, Teaching Methodologies, Educational Research and Educational Technology.

In order to qualify to teach, students must progress into Stage 5 which carries the award Professional Master of Education (P.M.E.) at NFQ Level 9.

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Graduates of this programme are qualified to teach Home Economics and Science/Biology at all levels in the post-primary sector.

In order to qualify to teach, students must progress into Stage 5 which carries the award Professional Master of Education (P.M.E.) at NFQ Level 9.

Students do not have to compete for a place in the fifth stage. However, students must reach the required standard of H2.2 after Stage 4 before they can progress into Stage 5.

Graduates are provided with a professional and academic qualification which enables them to also pursue careers in a wide range of fields including; Education, Home Economics, Food, Textiles and Applied Science.



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