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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Computer Trainer/Instructor

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Computer trainers teach people how to use and get the most from their computer systems.


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Computer trainers teach people to use computers in businesses, schools, colleges, universities and employment training schemes. They may be working with people who have no previous experience of computers, giving them a basic understanding of the technology, or they may be showing more computer literate people how to use a specific computer system or software product. Trainers support people's learning, encouraging those who may be quite frightened of computers and gradually enabling them to become more confident and self-sufficient.  
 
Trainers cover a wide range of computer related subjects, depending on who they teach.  
 
Trainers also help people to learn how to use application packages such as SAP. Companies usually require assistance in learning how to implement such complex systems.  
 
Trainers sometimes use self-teaching packages. These are computer programs that guide the trainee through a system, explaining each step along the way. Trainers monitor how the course members are progressing and give them any help they need.  
 
The length of training courses varies depending on the trainees' needs. Some are short, for example, those that cover word processing or database systems, while others last for several months.

 


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To be a computer trainer, you need a thorough knowledge of the systems or equipment that you will train people in. Also, you must have an interesting teaching style and an outgoing personality. You'll need strong communication and interpersonal skills to explain things clearly and concisely to people who may have little knowledge of computers. You should have the confidence and ability to train groups of trainees, as well as the patience to give one-to-one help when someone needs it.  
 
The ability to explain ideas clearly and succinctly is desirable in a teacher especially when dealing with complex information. Good written skills will help you to produce course notes and outlines. You will need to work closely with people to assess their needs. You must be able to encourage people who are confused or even scared by new technology, using tact and sensitivity.  
 
Good organisational skills will help you to plan training sessions and prepare course materials.  
 
A willingness to learn and develop your knowledge is also important as the technology and computer industry is constantly changing and improving.


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