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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Back to Work Enterprise Allowance: 


Thursday, April 07, 2011 




Back to Work Enterprise Allowance:

To qualify for the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance you must, usually, be on the dole for at least a year.  You get your full dole payment (currently up to €188 a week) for the first year of claiming the allowance, and 75% of the dole (currently up to €141 a week ) in the second year.  You may be able to set up your own business and still get paid.

If you're studying or training full-time on a FAS or Failte Ireland course and you received the dole before starting those courses, you may also qualify for this allowance.

To apply, you must complete the BTW2 form (available from the Department of Social Protection) and send it to your local social welfare office, or your local partnership company, if you live in a partnership area.  It is important to remember you won't get this allowance if you set your business up before getting the approval of the Department of Social Protection, or your local partnership company.

Under the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance, you may get up to half of the cost (up to a maximum of €1,269.74) of your public liability insurance bill covered, as well as support for other start-up costs such as driving lessons, business mentoring, fax machines and computers..  The scheme also offers grants for training to keep your own accounts.  Irish Independent 06/04/11

 




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