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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Open Day

Are you considering a course in Hospitality, Tourism, Culinary Arts or Food Technology?

The School of Hospitality Management and Tourism at DIT will host its next Open Day in April.

Date: 6th of April 2016

Time: 2-5 p.m

Venue: DIT Cathal Brugha St. Dublin 1 (at the north end of O'Connell St.)

 School of Hospitality Management and Tourism programmes:

  • Level 8 BSc International Hospitality Management (DT401)
  • Level 7 BA Hospitality Management (DT408)
  • Level 8 BSc Tourism Marketing (DT412)
  • Level 7 BA Tourism Management (DT406)
  • Level 8 BSc Event Management (DT 413)
  • Level 7 BA Leisure Management (DT 411)

School of Culinary Arts & Food Technology programmes:

  • Level 6 Higher Certificate in Food Sales & Culinary Practice (DT404)
  • Level 8 BSc Culinary Science (DT405)
  • Level 8 BSc Culinary Arts (DT407)
  • Level 8 BSc Culinary Entrepreneurship (DT416)
  • Level 8 BSc Bar Studies (Management & Entrepreneurship) (DT417)
  • Level 7 BSc Baking & Pastry Arts Management (DT418)
  • Level 6 Higher Certificate in Culinary Arts (Professional Practice) (DT432A)

There will be the possibilty to meet staff and students of programmes in Culinary Arts, Culinary Science, Culinary Entrepreneurship, Bar Studies (Management & Entrepreneurship) and Baking and Pasty Arts Management, Food Sales & Culinary Practice and Culinary Arts (Professional Practice).

Full details click here.

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