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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Media Production

Course Code(s):  5M5048
QQI Award Code:  5M5048 Creative Media
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Course overview

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

Course Description

This is a foundation course for people interested in exploring TV/Film/Video and Radio production or learning more about film and the cultural contexts in which media products are created and distributed.

Students produce a body of television, radio and photography work, and gain the practical skills that open the way to further development and education, or to exploring opportunities to work in media-related environments.

What will you Study?

EFP/Field production (TV and Video)
Digital Editing
Desktop Multimedia Audio Production 5N2148
Radio Production
Scriptwriting 5N18476
Teamworking 5N1367
Media Analysis 5N1298
Intercultural Studies 5N0765
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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