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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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Business Administration - Clerical

Course Code(s):  5M2102
QQI Award Code:  5M2102 Business Studies
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Portlaoise Institute of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code 5M2102
QQI Award Code 5M2102 Business Studies
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

Within this programme, there are a number of combinations of programme modules that will afford the learner the opportunity to achieve certification in the major award. The main aim of this course is to provide students with the skills and knowledge to effectively respond to everyday business situations. The course is also designed to enable students to gain an extensive understanding of the role and function of management in the business environment, and to develop effective management skills.

What will you Study?

Business Administration Skills 5N1610
Applied Economics 5N1350
Marketing
Customer Service 5N0972
Work Experience 5N1356
Bookkeeping Manual and Computerised 5N1354
Database Methods 5N0783
Text Production 5N1422
Word Processing 5N1358
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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BBSXX 5M2102

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