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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Networks & Software Systems

Course Code(s):  6M0695 CE02
QQI Award Code:  6M0695 Computer Systems and Networks
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 6M0695 CE02
QQI Award Code 6M0695 Computer Systems and Networks
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This Advanced Certificate course covers a wide range of modules which have been developed through industry experience and combine theory and lab practicals to promote a professional approach and expand knowledge relevant to the IT industry, while also providing a core understanding essential for anyone wishing to progress to third level degree courses.

The combination of modules studied enables the learner to acquire a broad spectrum of skills, from maintenance of networks to software systems, preparing them for employment in the rapidly expanding IT sector. Learners study a wide range of subjects relevant to the IT sector and Tech industry, enabling progression to software development, systems maintenance, network development and maintenance, cloud computing and virtualisation. This Advanced Certificate course will offer you a range of choices for your future career.

What will you Study?

Physical and Logical Networking
Systems Software
Information Technology
Administration
Network Infrastructure
Network Security
Mobile Technologies
Virtualisation Support
Communications
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Additional Modules
Comptia A+ 901 Essentials
Comptia A+ 902 IT Technician
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