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.

Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
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Science Undenominated

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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.

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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.

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4 Years
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The Bachelor of Science Honour’s degree programme is an undenominated Science Degree of four years duration. This degree allows you to complete a variety of science subjects in years one and two prior to selecting a specialised honour’s degree to study in years three and four. The programme allows students to study for a degree in science without selecting a final honour’s degree from year one and is thus an excellent option for students who wish to retain flexibility of choice.

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SG444 - Science Undenominated
IT Sligo

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SG444 - Science Undenominated
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This course will accept any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement. Click on the link below to find PLC courses that also relate to this career sector. Note you can view more courses by adjusting the filters on the list page.

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Three distinctions and a pass in C20139 or 5N1833 or C20174 or C20175 or LCE Maths

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Graduates are employable as Scientists in a wide range of industries related to their final honour’s degree including Pharmaceuticals, Biopharmaceuticals, Medical Device, Medical Diagnostic, Food and Beverage, Environmental Sciences, Biotechnology, and Occupational Health and Safety sectors. These industries have a key employment profile in the Western and North Western regions as well as nationally and internationally. Graduates will also be suitable for employment in government and public agencies in a broad range of roles depending on their final honours degree designation. Graduates will also be able to pursue careers in research and development, and cognate postgraduate research degree programmes.

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