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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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Lighting Technician

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Sets up, rigs and controls lighting equipment for shows and events on stage, film or television.


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Theatre lighting technicians are responsible for preparing, wiring, operating and maintaining theatre lighting systems and electrical effects. Although they are sometimes known as theatre or stage electricians, they do not have to be qualified electricians.  
 
Theatre lighting technicians work closely with lighting designers. Lighting designers decide where the lights (also referred to as lamps or lanterns) are to be placed, and plot their position on a lighting plan. Using this plan, the technicians fit the lights, place coloured filters or gobos in front of the lights and focus them.  
 
During rehearsals, theatre lighting technicians help lighting designers create special lighting effects and write down lighting cues. Once productions are underway, they check that the lights are working properly and are correctly maintained. They may also help to operate lights. 


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You will need to be highly motivated and have good communication skills. You should also enjoy working within a team, although there may be periods when you will have to work alone and use your own initiative. A good knowledge of health and safety regulations is very important.  
 
The work can be physically demanding as it involves climbing ladders, working at heights and carrying heavy equipment.


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