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

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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.

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Open Day

Saturday January 14th 2017

The next open day at UL will take place on Saturday January 14th from 9am to 2pm. This open day is for all those considering study at UL – undergrad, postgrad, mature learners, part-time professionals etc. We will have presentations on our degree courses, information stands to find out what you need to know, and campus tours to give you a sense of the facilities and services that we can offer you.  Meet our student support teams from First Seven Weeks, and Student Engagement and Success. We aim to support your transition to 3rd level to ensure you get all the help you need to make your first year at UL at successful one.

Parents/guardians can pick up copies of our Aiming Higher booklet which promotes a practical understanding of the higher education system in Ireland and will help support students in making informed decisions around third level courses and career choices. 



On the day, you can also meet with representatives from SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland), the Department of Social Protection and the Office of the Revenue Commissioners all of whom can advise on tax matters in relation to student fees.

Find out about our work placement/Co-op programme which is the largest of its kind in Ireland, with a network of over 1700 employers.

You can chat with our lecturers and ask questions about our courses on a one-to-one basis. Find out about our new suite of sport scholarships. Take a tour of our library, or view a typical student apartment on campus. Tours of our UL Sport Arena will also be available.

Courses featured will include our new degrees for intake September 2017;

Open days at UL are your best opportunity to get a real sense of the UL experience – to study, live, and play all on the one campus. Book your place and find out more on

We look forward to showing you around!

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