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:
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!
What are your interests?
Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.
They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
A fully qualified medical doctor who examines and diagnoses disorders and diseases using x-rays and radioactive materials, and may also treat patients.
k > k
Applies psychological theories and the scientific study of behaviour, to help people with a wide range of mental, developmental and physical health problems.
32k > 86k
Listens to, supports and tries to help people as they sort out their personal issues.
24k > 46k
Leisure Centre Manager
Supervises and manages the running of all kinds of recreation facilities.
24k > 45k
Works in a laboratory assisting scientific and technical staff with day to day duties.
25k > 50k
Assists adults with daily living activities at the person's home or in a daytime non-residential facility.
24k > 36k
Swimming Pool Technician
Service and maintain pools, spas and hot tubs in homes, gyms, hotels and leisure centres, making sure they are safe for bathers.
19k > 41k
Researches how the nervous system behaves; develops pharmaceuticals for neurological disorders.
k > k
Sports Development Officer
Promote access to sport and physical activity for people of all ages and abilities. Often organise projects, classes, programmes, coaching, club development and training for those who want to participate.
20k > 48k
Investigates and describes the causes and potential spread of disease, disability, or health outcomes. They may also engage in developing the means for prevention and control of infections.