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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Be prepared for LC Results with the free CAOCalc App

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Be prepared for LC Results with the free CAOCalc App

Monday, August 10, 2015 

Be prepared for LC Results with the free CAOCalc App

Students have you downloaded the FREE CAOCalc App yet?

The very successful CAO Points Calculator available on the website has been developed as a clever app, allowing the user to calculate CAO Points based on their Leaving Cert results.

With Leaving Cert results day fast approaching, this handy free app will calculate your points quickly and accurately. 

This app has an easy to use interface, allowing the user to obtain their total points quickly and efficiently. The clever app uniquely provides easy access to the Course Search Wizard on the CareersPortal website, for detailed course and related Points Information.

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Click on the image below to download it FREE from Google Play Store: 

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App Features:

  • Allows Higher Level, Ordinary Level and Link Module Grades to be calculated
  • Bonus Points for Higher Level maths option
  • SMS Text results feature
  • Twitter and Facebook Links
  • Colleges Direct Link
  • Help and About Topics

How to use:

Enter your Maths Grade first, followed by any Links Modules taken, and all other grades.

The app will immediately calculate and display the top 6 for the CAO.

The CAOCalc App is an invaluable tool for students for both Leaving Cert results day and for full updates on CAO course offers.  


CAO First Round Offers ~ 17th August 2015 

Calculate your LC Points quickly and easily 

Includes direct links to updated course points

available from 6.00am on 17th August 2015

Leaving Cert Results - What's Next?

The CareersPortal Team