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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Apprenticeship Preparatory Programme - Carpentry-Plumbing-Electrical

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Galway Technical Institute

Galway Technical Institute


 
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Course overview

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

Course Description

This programme provides learners with the foundation required to pursue an apprenticeship in the building trades. It is the ideal starting point to explore the various apprenticeship options available. Students will gain hands-on experience in carpentry, plumbing and electrical installation.

What will you Study?

Building Construction 5N1570
Computer Aided Design 5N1604
Architectural Drawing 5N1558
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Materials Science 5N1637
Renewable Energy Systems 5N4975
Communications 5N0690
Work Experience 5N1356
Maths for Engineering
Wood Fabrication 5N1999
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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CAO with Any QQI Major Award

To view additional CAO courses which this specific course may lead to, click on one of the Award Codes below:

Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
CCONT 5M5010

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Further Research

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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.
Architect   Architect - Conservation  
French Polisher   Metal Fabricator  
Draughtsperson   Cabinet Maker  
Architectural Technician / Technologist   Building / Construction Project Manager  
Engineer   Structural Engineer  
Traffic Engineer   Acoustic Consultant  
Building Labourer / Construction Worker   Geomatics Surveyor   
Stonemason   Insulation Workers  
Site Engineer   Facilities Manager  
Building Services Engineering Technician   Building Technician  
Welder   Radiographer - Industrial   
Steeplejack   Road / Paving / Asphalt Workers  
Industrial Insulator   Heating and Ventilating Fitter  
Gas Fitter   Gas Distribution Worker  
Industrial Abseiler   Engineering Production Manager  
Fitter - Plant Machinery   Tiler / Tile Fitter  
Construction / Building    Electrician  
Carpet/Vinyl Fitter   Carpenter / Joiner  
Construction Plant Mechanic   Construction Plant Fitter  
Concrete Finisher   Civil / Construction Engineer  
Building Services Engineer   Glazier / Stone Cutter  
Surveyor   Site Technician  
Sheet Metal Worker / Plater   Scaffolder  
Plumber   Plasterer  
Bricklayer   Painter / Decorator  
Insurance Surveyor   Engineering Technician - Civil  
Electronic Security Systems Technician   Geological Technician  
Cartographic Draughtsperson   Environmental Engineer  
Environmental Officer    

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
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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