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

Civil and Public Service Jobs

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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.
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The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, or story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.
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Entry Requirements

AGE

The minimum age at which the employment of an apprentice may commence is 16 years of age.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Grade D in five Junior Certificate exams, or an approved equivalent.

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  • If you don’t meet the minimum Junior Cert requirements, you may still be able to register as an apprentice if you successfully complete an approved Pre-Apprenticeship course.

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  • You can also be eligible if you are over 16 years-old and have three years of relevant work experience, as deemed acceptable by SOLAS. 

It’s worth noting that employers may require additional minimum qualifications to those specified by SOLAS.

NoteExperience has shown that higher grades of entry than those suggested by SOLAS are preferred for certain apprenticeships, due to the technical nature of the particular trade.

Employers typically seek applicants who have completed Leaving Cert, including Maths (with at least a grade C3 in Ordinary Level Maths) and preferably Physics.

SafePass and/or Manual Handling Certification are also valued by employers in certain sectors.

EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS

  • Your employer must be approved to train apprentices.
  • Your employer must register you as an apprentice within 2 weeks of recruitment.

Always check the SOLAS page on eligibility and assessment for any changes to entry requirements.


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