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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Green Energy & The Built Environment

Course Code(s):  5M5010
QQI Award Code:  5M5010 Construction Technology
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Galway Community College

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Course overview

Course Code 5M5010
QQI Award Code 5M5010 Construction Technology
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This Fetac Level 5 course has been developed to provide the learner with a good understanding and knowledge base in the area of renewable energy and building insulation systems. It will enable the learners to plan and execute projects of research and investigate recent developments within the renewable energy arena by demonstrating extensive critical understanding of this rapidly expanding area

It covers the production, collection and storage of different types of renewable energy, including solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, hydro, tide and wave.

What will you Study?

Building Construction 5N1570
Communications 5N0690
Design Skills 5N0784
Renewable Energy Systems 5N4975
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
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

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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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
CCONT 5M5010

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Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Landscape Scientist   Architect  
Architect - Conservation   Cabinet Maker  
Draughtsperson   Metal Fabricator  
Architectural Technician / Technologist   Building / Construction Project Manager  
Acoustic Consultant   Engineer - Structural  
Traffic Engineer   Engineer  
Site Technician   Production Manager - Engineering  
Surveyor   Facilities Manager  
Site Engineer   Insulation Workers  
Stonemason   Building Services Engineering Technician  
Welder   Engineer - Civil  
Industrial Insulator   Heating and Ventilating Fitter  
Gas Fitter   Building Technician  
Geomatics Surveyor   Sheet Metal Worker/Plater  
Bricklayer   Fitter - Plant Machinery  
Electrician   Construction Plant Mechanic  
Construction Plant Fitter   Engineering Technician - Civil  
Carpet/Vinyl Fitter   Surveyor - Construction / Building  
Engineer - Building Services   Tiler/Fitter  
Scaffolder   Insurance Surveyor  
Carpenter / Joiner   Painter / Decorator  
Glazier / Stone Cutter   Plasterer  
Plumber   Electronic Security Systems Technician  
Geological Technician   Cartographic Draughtsperson  
Gas Engineer   Environmental Chemist  
Meteorologist / Weather Forecaster   Solar Physicist  
Engineer - Mining / Geological   Engineer - Water  
Geologist   Atmospheric Scientist  
Geoscientist   Energy Manager/Consultant  
Engineer - Energy   Soil Scientist  
Engineer - Environmental   Environmental Consultant  
Hydrologist   Botanist  
Ecologist   Environmental Scientist  
Timber Technologist   Recycling Officer   
Environmental Technician   Environmental Officer  
Arboriculturalist / Tree Surgeon   Environmental Health Officer  
Surveyor - Minerals / Mining    

Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Building, Construction & Property
Earth Science & Environment
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

The following data provides general information about this Award from colleges across Ireland.