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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Veterinary Assistant - Animal Care

Course Code(s):  5M2768 STE5
QQI Award Code:  5M2768 AnimalCare
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

Course Code 5M2768 STE5
QQI Award Code 5M2768 AnimalCare
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

With an ever increasing pet population and due to changes and requirements in veterinary nursing practices, the demand for quality animal care is greater than ever.

This Animal Care course is designed to equip learners with the skills and underlying knowledge required to work in the evolving sector of animal related industries. It also provides valuable opportunities to pursue further study and a career in animal care. Through this course you will gain an understanding of animal anatomy and animal behaviour as well as developing important communication and customer care skills. You will be required to purchase a grooming equipment kit.

What will you Study?

Animal Anatomy and Physiology
Animal Welfare 5N0753
Biology 5N2746
Animal Grooming 5N0752
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Word Processing 5N1358
Customer Service 5N0972
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
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Mathematics
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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CASAC 5M2768

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