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 Aoife Lyons from Civil and Public Service Jobs to give some advice for people considering this job:


Aoife Lyons

Occupational Psychologist

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  Aoife Lyons
Psychology is a very broad area and I would encourage people to reflect on the field that would suit them best. If you study pharmacy, you will graduate as a pharmacist. It is different in psychology. The role of a Clinical Psychologist differs significantly from the role of an Educational Psychologist, a Forensic Psychologist or a Sports Psychologist. A post graduate qualification will be required to practice in any of these fields. Regardless of the area of psychology that interests you, respect for and an interest in people is a key value that is required. Once you have qualifications, networks and professional bodies are a good way to meet prospective employers.

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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College Registration

Once the student accepts a CAO course offer, the next stage of starting college is registration. This is the process of supplying colleges with relevant personal information, including photo, payment of fees and registration for course modules & subjects.

Registration in some third level institutions is done online and procedures vary between colleges. In UCD for instance, step 1 of registration can begin within 3 working days of accepting a CAO offer.

The student simply logs into UCD Connect via the UCD homepage using their CAO number and date of birth. Students are advised to change these log-on details to something more private straightaway.

In DIT your invitation to register will be posted to your correspondence address with details on how to register and pay fees online. 

At Maynooth University 1st year students arrive on campus for registration (usually first week in September) and meet with college staff prior to full registration. Maynooth University has no pre-determined quota for subjects, so there is a low level of restriction on subject or module choice.

Key Point

Colleges recognise the concerns of parents whose son or daughter has just enrolled as an undergraduate.  In the coming years, college plays a central role in educating undergraduates and preparing them for the world of work and adult life. Striking a balance between natural parental interest and acknowledgement of the young person's new independent college life is worthwhile.


My son has been given a registration start time. How does this work?


Where can I find more information about registration and other key college dates and issues?


At what point in the registration process are fees paid?


What is a module? 


Selecting Course Modules


Choosing General Elective modules


I do not want to interfere in this process but I would also like to be supportive. What can I do? 


What supports are there in college for my son or daughter as they settle into college after registration?