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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TV Presenting & Film Production

Course Code(s):  6M5159
QQI Award Code:  6M5159 Film and Television Production
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Galway Community College

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Course overview

Course Code 6M5159
QQI Award Code 6M5159 Film and Television Production
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

To provide students with the advanced knowledge and skills to pursue careers in various areas of TV and Film production and presenting.Students will explore all aspects of Film and Television giving them a knowledge of both behind and in front of the camera.

Students will have the opportunity to explore and develop the art of TV Presenting, Interviewing, Autocue and Links to camera as well as Producing, Directing and Editing. Students will have access to professional camera and editing equipment and to assist them in producing a showreel.

What will you Study?

Broadcasting Presentation Skills 6N5425
Documentary Production 6N5451
Editing Practices and Techniques 6N5427
Event Production 6N4800
Film and Digital Video 6N5428
Production Design for Film and TV
TV and Video Reporting
Work Experience
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