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

Read more

  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!


Enterprising people like situations that involve using resources for personal or corporate economic gain. Such people may have an opportunistic frame of mind, and like commerce, trade and making deals. Some are drawn to sales and marketing occupations. Many will eventually end up owning their own business, or managing a section in larger organisations. They tend to be very goal-oriented, and work best when focused on a target. Some have an entrepreneurial inclination.
Career Interviews
Sector Profiles
School Subjects (LC)
College Courses
Study Skills
Work Experience (School)
CV & Interview Preparation

Course Details

logo imagelogo image

Community and Youth Work (Part-time, In Service)

Ed Zone

Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

Career Opportunities
3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
4 Years
Duration of course
Druation goes here.....

2016 Points

# Test / Interview / Portfolio / Audition
Return to List
Saves this course to your Career File if you are registered.

Summary... header image

To be eligible to apply for the part time option, applicants must have relevant and verifiable experience and be currently employed in youth work and/or community work.

The BA in Community and Youth Work is a fully integrated programme of education and training in both community and youth work. 

Community work is concerned with the development and empowerment of communities through facilitating the active participation of people in addressing issues that affect them collectively.

Youth work focusses on young people, and is defined as a process of personal and social development based on voluntary participation,  and principles of equality and inclusiveness,

Throughout this course students will be engaged as acive participants in their own learning and will work in solidarity with those affected by human rights denial, poverty and inequality.

Course Details header image

It can be done in a variety of contexts: in neighbourhoods, with specific groups (e.g. women, Travellers) as well as with partnership groups, local authorities and state agencies. Community work in Ireland is presented with a number of opportunities and challenges by the rapidly changing social context of recent years, including work with new communities, migrant workers and refugees, and combating racism; as well as challenging the persistence of other social and economic inequalities.

From College Website...
MH802 - Community and Youth Work (Part-time, In Service)
Maynooth University

From Qualifax...
MH802 - Community and Youth Work (Part-time, In Service)
Qualifax - The National Courses Database
DISCLAIMER: These links are to official sources of information for this course - we accept no responsibility for the information on them.

Entry Requirementsheader image

To view the Leaving Certificate minimum entry requirements for this course, Click Here [Source: Qualifax]

To view Mature Entry requirements, or alternative requirements, please visit Qualifax or the Colleges' website from the links available in the Course Details section above.

QQI FET/FETAC Links header image

This course does not appear to accept applicants with Further Education and Training (FET) awards. Please check with the college directly - sometimes this data is not published openly, or special arrangements may be available.

Career Progression header image

Related Coursesheader image

The following course suggestions also prepare for work in this Career Sector, and may suit people with similar Career Interests. They are from colleges in the same region, and might also be worth exploring. You can sort the list by Title or College by clicking on the column headings. You can Tag any of these courses from within the individual course pages.

Course Title College
Arts - History Maynooth University 
Arts - Politics Maynooth University 
Early Childhood Studies Dundalk IT 
Early Childhood Education and Care IT Carlow 
Early Childhood Education and Care - Wexford Campus IT Carlow 
Early Years Care and Education Athlone IT 
Health and Physical Activity Dundalk IT 
Youth and Community Work IT Carlow 
Social Care Practice Athlone IT 
Arts - Anthropology Maynooth University 
Applied Humanities (Wexford) - Cancelled IT Carlow 
Arts - Psychological Studies Maynooth University 
Arts - Sociology Maynooth University 
Applied Social Studies (Professional Care) (Wexford) IT Carlow 
Psychology Maynooth University 
Psychology (Through Science) Maynooth University 
Local Studies (part-time, mature entry) Maynooth University 
Applied Social Studies in Social Care Carlow College 
Citizenship & Community Studies Carlow College 
Applied Social Studies (Professional Care) IT Carlow 
Applied Social Studies (Professional Social Care) (Wexford) IT Carlow 
Community and Youth Work - Full-time Maynooth University 
Community and Youth Work (Part-time, In Service) Maynooth University 
Social Care Dundalk IT 
Community Youth Work Dundalk IT 
Applied Social Studies (Professional Care) IT Carlow 
Humanities Carlow College 
Humanities Carlow College 
Digital Humanities Dundalk IT 
Sport, Excercise and Enterprise Dundalk IT 
Social Science Maynooth University 
Applied Social Studies in Social Care Athlone IT