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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Creative Media

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Course overview

Course Code 5M5048
QQI Award Code 5M5048 Creative Media
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

Creative Media is a one year full time programme in which the student will be directed to develop a broad range of analytical and Technical Artistic Skills necessary for creative production in a chosen creative media area, such as animation and video game design.

What will you Study?

Appreciation of Art, Craft and Design 5N0755
3D Computer Modelling and Animation 5N1603
Design Skills 5N0784
Communications 5N0690
Digital Photography 5N1270
Drawing 5N1862
Animation Drawing Studies 5N1830
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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Art with Animation Studies Ormonde College of Further Education 

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.
Advertising Account Manager   Picture Researcher  
Advertising Copywriter   Taxidermist  
Artist   Architect - Conservation  
Illustrator - Technical / Medical   Costume Designer  
Sculptor   Potter / Ceramicist  
Furniture Designer / Maker   Textile Designer  
Industrial Designer   Packaging Designer  
Craft Designer   Ceramics Designer  
Arts Administrator   Digital Media Designer  
Typographer   Screen Printer  
Illustrator   Photographer  
Animator   Interior Architect / Designer  
Film / Video Editor   Fashion Designer  
Make-Up Artist - TV/Film   Dressmaker  
Graphic Designer   Creative Director  
Architect   Camera Operator  
CAD Technician   Musical Instrument Technician  
French Polisher   Glassmaker  
Textile Dyeing Technician   Conservator - Museum / Art Gallery  
Instrument Craftsperson   Modelmaker  
Jeweller / Silversmith / Goldsmith   Metal Fabricator  
Woodturner / Woodmachinist   Upholsterer  
Teacher - Art and Design    Multimedia Producer  
Multimedia Designer   Web / Scrum Master  
Multimedia Writer   Director - TV/Film  
Screenwriter   Fashion Stylist  
Photographer - Fashion, Press & Sport   Broadcasting Researcher  
Desktop Publisher   Newspaper - Magazine Editor  
Broadcasting Production Assistant   Journalist - Radio / Television  
Writer   Literary agent  

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.
Media & Publishing
Art, Craft & Design
Entertainment & Performing Arts
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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