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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Galway Technical Institute

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Course overview

Course Code 5M0529
QQI Award Code 5M0529 Software Development
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is perfect if you have a great idea for an app and need to learn the skills required and fundamental knowledge in order to bring to the marketing stage. It is an ideal course for this thriving and expanding industry where learners will get a genuine sense of product creation and completion. This course is designed to give the student a firm foundation in the skills and knowledge required in the area of App development and the possibility of progression to 3rd level.

What will you Study?

Fundamentals of Object Oriented Programming 5N0541
Software Architecture 5N2772
Maths for Information Technology 5N18396
Communications 5N0690
Team working
Work Experience 5N1356
Work Practice 5N1433
Database Methods 5N0783
Games Analysis Design 5N1651
Web Authoring 5N1910
Mobile Technologies 5N0580
Operating Systems 5N2928
Programming and Design Principles 5N2927
Software Testing
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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5M0529

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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.
Digital Media Content Manager   Animator  
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Network Engineer   Web Editor  
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Games Designer   App Developer - Android /iOS  
Multimedia Technical Manager   Multimedia Designer  
Multimedia Producer   Computer / Software Sales Assistant  
IT Consultant   Games Programmer  
IT Manager   Computer Hardware Engineer  
Software Developer / Architect   Test Lead - Software  
Data Analyst   Computer System Administrator  
Computer Systems Technician   Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) Specialist  
IT Security Specialist   Computer Programmer  
IT Project Manager   Big Data Specialist  
Forensic Computer Analyst   Software Engineer  
Computer Systems Analyst   Games Tester  
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Technical Architect - Data   Software Localisation Engineer / Tester  
Multimedia Writer   Computer / IT Support Specialist  
Computer Assembly Technician   Data Virtualisation / Cloud Specialist  
Computer Trainer / Instructor   IT Trainer  
Telecommunications Engineer   Electronic Engineer  

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.
Computers & ICT
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