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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Stillorgan College of Further Education

Stillorgan College of Further Education

Computer Skills for Business


Course Code:  6M4985
Award Code(s):  5M2468
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

 
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Description...
This course is suitable for those who wish to use advanced business and computer skills in a twenty-first century work environment. It is also suitable for those who wish to progress to higher level studies. It is also an ideal preparation for those who wish to start their own business or those who wish to up-skill or retrain for a new career and a fresh start.

With the aim of maximising their future employability, students will be trained to the highest level in aspects of Microsoft Office, desktop publishing, web design, business management, computerised bookkeeping and payroll. The latest software is used on this course including Microsoft Office Suite 2013, Adobe CC Products, Sage 50 and Windows.

 

What you will Study...
These are the main subject modules available in this course. Note: Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands.

Word Processing
Business Management & Marketing Skills
Spreadsheet Methods
Desktop Publishing
Web Authoring
Bookkeeping Manual & Computerised using Sage 50
Personal and Professional Development
Employment Skills Workshops
Database Methods

 

Important: Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

 

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Progression Routes

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This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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