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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Network Engineer

Note: This is one of 25 proposed apprenticeship programmes due to be launched in 2016 / 17. If successful, formal details of the proposed programmes are due to be signed off by the Apprenticeship Council in 2016 with training to be available thereafter.

The primary role of a Network Engineer is to design, install, maintain and support communication networks within an organisation or between organisations.

Network engineers need to maintain high levels of operation of communication networks in order to provide maximum performance and availability for their users, such as staff, clients, customers and suppliers.

They understand and work in areas such as network configuration, cloud, network administration, security and performance management, and are able to give technical advice and guidance.

FIT - ICT Associate Professional is a new IT apprenticeship-style (learn & earn) pathway to a career in the technology sector. 

FIT ICT AP is a ‘learning by doing’ format of ICT skills development which has been endorsed by the industry and government.

This is a two-year programme during which candidates who are competent tech enthusiasts attain a Level 6 ICT and Professional Development Award.

Candidates earn the title of FIT ICT Associate Professional, which is recognised by the industry as effectively demonstrating the application of skill in the work environment.
This is an NFQ Level 6 apprenticeship. It is anticipated that 100 places will be available each year.
This apprenticeship programme is not yet validated. Additional information is constantly being added here, as it becomes available. Outline information is correct at August 2016.


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FIT ICT Associate Professional is “learning by doing” format of ICT skills development.

It is a two-year programme during which candidates who are competent tech enthusiasts attain a Level 6 ICT and Professional Development Award.

On effectively demonstrating the application of skills in the working environment, candidates achieve the title of FIT ICT Associate Professional by the industry.


The first six months are college based where candidates will acquire the technical skills.

The remaining 18 months are a combination of workplace application and college based learning where candidates will further their training and apply their skills and learning to live projects and tasks within their sponsoring company.


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Energetic tech enthusiasts with a determination to work in the ICT sector.


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An ICT Associate Professional works for their employer while learning the skills they need to become a valuable team member. 

The FIT ICT Associate Professional programme offers technical education and training grounded in practical experience, ensuring that participants are ready for work on completion. The FIT ICT Associate Professional Programme will:

  • Develop in-demand tech skills
  • Provide hands-on learning to attain the skills demanded by industry.
  • Provide an opportunity to earn and learn
  • A national qualification over a two year period equipping participants with the knowledge and capabilities to progress in a ICT careers
  • Lead to internationally recognised qualifications.
  • Provide the opportunity to apply theoretical education and training in a real work setting helping you to build confidence in your abilities and gain independence.
A FIT ICT Associate Professional spends much of their time training with a company, helping them to effectively learn the skills needed in the work place using modern technology and equipment and getting involved in real-life work processes.


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Training costs for the ICT Associate Professional are funded by the Education and Training Board and so is free to participants.

On completion of the 6 month college-based training period, candidates will recieve from their sponsoring company a weekly allowance as follows:

Year 1 (from 7th month): €260 - €290
Year 2: €340 - €385

Source: FIT ICT Associate Professional Candidate Information Leaflet


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Age

Generally 18 – 25 years but can be any age.

Qualifications

Minimum of Leaving Cert or equivalent – all candidates have to satisfy Aptitudes Assessments administered by FIT.

Candidates will be screened by FIT.


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FIT ICT Associate Professional participants are matched with a Sponsor Company within the ICT Industry who values their talent.

Companies such as Accenture, AOL, AQMetrics, Cork Internet Exchange, Fujitsu, IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Stanley Security and Version 1, have embraced this initiative, viewing it as a practical pathway to acquiring in–demand tech skills.

On completion of the programme and having attained the FIT ICTAP Award, it is envisaged that candidates will take up full-time positions with the sponsoring company.

To find out more: e-mail ictap@fit.ie or by phone on 01 8825570.


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On completion of the programme and having attained the FIT ICTAP Award, it is envisaged that candidates will take up full-time positions with the sponsoring company.

Companies such as Accenture, AOL, AQMetrics, Cork Internet Exchange, Fujitsu, IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Stanley Security and Version 1, have embraced this initiative, viewing it as a practical pathway to acquiring in–demand tech skills.

The ICTAP programme is being rolled out in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Athlone and Monaghan. FIT are actively engaging with employers to participate on the programme.

To find out more: e-mail ictap@fit.ie or by phone on 01 8825570.


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