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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Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalists interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results, and prefer action to talking and discussing.
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TL620
Culinary Arts

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Certificates at this level are typically awarded for two years of full-time study after the leaving certificate or equivalent. Skills developed are mostly technical and vocationally specific, i.e. are focused on a specific career sector. National apprenticeships programmes are included in thhis level.

Awards at this level recognised by the National Framework of Qualifications may lead to 3rd level progression opportunities.

Employment Opportunities
Qualifications at this level prepare for occupations that involve using the skills and knowledge learned alongside existing workers in 'real world' environments.  Examples include restaurant managers, electricians, engineering technicians, legal secretaries, hairdressers, and web developers.

Level on the National Framework of Qualifications
2 Years
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Culinary Arts provides a pathway for creative employment opportunities within all aspects of the food industry. This programme provides students with a knowledge and understanding of kitchen technologies, the business aspects of catering operations and the science and nutrition of food. Our students engage in an active kitchen environment on a daily basis both individually and as part of a team. Students also operate and manage a training restaurant within the college.

 


Higher Certificate in Culinary Arts - IT Tralee

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This course will accept any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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The programme will allow students to develop their career in the following areas:

  • Professional Chef
  • Pastry/Confectionary/Sugar Craft
  • Food Product Development
  • Culinary Arts
  • Kitchen Management
  • Food Safety Consultancy.

These opportunities are available in areas across the food industry such as:

  • Restaurants, cafés, bistros
  • Hotels and resorts
  • Industrial and contract catering - airlines, hospitals, school
  • Cruise liners
  • Food manufacturing and processing
  • Licensed trade.



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Travel, Tourism & Hospitality Management Limerick City College 
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Hospitality Studies IT Tralee 
Environmental & Natural Resource Management Limerick IT 
Environment & Agriculture Limerick IT