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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DT366
Accounting and Finance

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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 HETAC 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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3 Years
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This programme provides an ideal route to a career in professional accountancy and to a training contract with an accounting practice. Graduates may also pursue careers in areas such as fund management, financial services, financial analysis, corporate finance and money markets.

NOTE: Students may opt to spend year 3 studying abroad. Students who avail of this opportunity will complete their degree over a four year period and will be awarded the BSc Accounting & Finance (International) qualification.

This Degree programme allows students to develop a thorough understanding of the fundamentals (both technical and theoretical) of accounting and finance and provides graduates with a sound foundation for further professional studies in these fields. Students’ capacity to engage in critical analysis, apply concepts to practice, engage in independent research, contribute to team work and communicate clearly are developed through the use of a wide range of learning and teaching approaches including problem solving, case studies, projects, preparation of academic papers, group work and formal lectures with tutorial support.

In allowing students to select modules from a range of subjects in the second and third/fourth years of their studies, the programme enables students to specialise in their chosen field.

Some students may choose to focus on accountancy related modules in order to secure the generous exemptions awarded by professional accountancy bodies (including Chartered Accountants Ireland and ACCA) to graduates of this programme. Other students, who are interested in pursuing a career in finance, may opt for modules from the programme’s comprehensive range of finance, econometrics and international finance modules. Students also have the option of studying a mix of accounting and finance modules.

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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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BBSSX  5M1997  Office Administration
BMXXX  5M2069  Marketing
BBSXX  5M2102  Business Studies
BBSIT  5M2111  International Trade
BBSAX  5M2468  Business Administration

Essential Module Requirements:
Must possess distinctions in 5 modules in the FETAC level 5 qualification which must include:


B20029 - Statistics
or 5N2066 - Statistics
or C20139 - Mathematics
or 5N1833 - Mathematics
or LCE Maths at OC3, AND
B20001 - Accounting - Manual & Computerised
or 5N1348 - Accounting Manual and Computerised
or B20151 - Applied Economics
or 5N1350 - Applied Economics

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This Honours Degree programme is appropriate to those who wish to pursue careers as professionally qualified accountants. It confers significant exemptions from the examinations of the professional accountancy bodies. In addition, the programme provides an ideal entry qualification for a range of careers in financial services, the money markets and banking.



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