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.

The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Mechatronics is the combination of mechanical, electronic, robotic and software engineering systems used in modern manufacturing industries. Mechatronics engineers design, build and operate intelligent machines including robots and flexible manufacturing systems. This two-year foundation course is designed to address the needs of industry by supplying skilled technicians who have developed a diverse set of skills in machine design, sensor technology, control systems, computing and industrial networks. During this course, students will learn how to design, build and control the machines and processes present in the modern workplace.

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SG306 - Mechatronics
IT Sligo

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SG306 - Mechatronics
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C20139 or 5N1833 or C20174 or C20175 or LCE Maths

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Graduates typically take up employment opportunities as technicians, applying their knowledge of engineering to service and maintain automated mechanical equipment. Mechatronic technicians are needed in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, biomedical, automotive, agriculture and food processing.

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