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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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Office Administration & Computer Applications

Course Code(s):  5M1997
QQI Award Code:  5M1997 Office Administration
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Kerry College of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code 5M1997
QQI Award Code 5M1997 Office Administration
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This one year programme is the ideal programme for those who wish to work in an office environment. It equips participants with the essential ICT skills to pursue office based careers requiring a high degree of skill in computer applications. This course qualifies you to work as an administrator, office manager, receptionist, personal assistant, clerical officer, customer service executive etc. Graduates of other disciplines often pursue this course as it provides the practical computer and administrative skills needed to enhance employment prospects.

What will you Study?

This one year programme is ideal for those who wish to work in an office environment. It equips participants with the essential ICT skills to pursue office based careers requiring a high degree of skill in computer applications. This course qualifies you to work as an administrator, office manager, receptionist, personal assistant, clerical officer, customer service executive etc.  This is also the ideal course for those who want to defer a third level college place as skills gained will be used in all facets of future study. 

Information and Administration 5N1389
Text Production 5N1422
Word Processing 5N1358
Database Methods (Ms Access)
Spreadsheet Methods 5N1977
Bookkeeping Manual and Computerised 5N1354
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
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

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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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BBSSX 5M1997

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