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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BMW Recruiting for over 30 Job Vacancies

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BMW Recruiting for over 30 Job Vacancies

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 

BMW Recruiting for over 30 Job Vacancies

Recruitment opened earlier this month with BMW Group Ireland for over 30 new jobs available in a wide variety of disciplines.

The BMW retailer network is in the middle of an investment programme to introduce a higher standard of customer service.This development along with the healthy increase in sales volumes across all areas of the business has given rise for a need for additional personnel to strengthen their teams.

With 14 BMW Centres throughout Ireland, there are roles on offer in a number of areas including; Sales, Service, Parts, Body shop, Technicians and Finance and Administration.

Current job vacancies advertised with BMW include:

  • Service Advisor
  • BMW Technician
  • Sales Executive
  • Parts Advisor
  • Marketing Controller

For a full list of vacancies and to apply click here.

BMW also welcome applicants from outside the motor industry. The company have highlighted that their goal is to remain market leader in the premium segment where they will continue to invest in future technologies hiring engineers with skills in the area of efficient and alternative drive trains, electrification, light weight design and IT/software engineering.

Learn more about the recently highlighted skills shortage in the Irish Motor Industry.


The CareersPortal Team