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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17 Jobs with Data Analytics Firm QStream

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17 Jobs with Data Analytics Firm QStream

Friday, May 22, 2015 

17 Jobs with Data Analytics Firm QStream

Data analytics start-up QStream is doubling its workforce in Dublin over the next 12 months. The company has announced plans to add 17 new jobs at its Dublin operation.

Qstream combines science and software to generate predictive analytics for building more efficient sales teams.

The company has targeted life sciences and pharmaceutical companies, since they need to continually learn and retain a variety of complex information. The company says its platform is currently being used by 40 percent of the top 50 pharma companies, and that 94 percent of the salespeople in those client companies are regularly participating. Customers also include medical institutions, such as the Mayo Clinic and the Cleveland Clinic.

Qstream was founded in 2008 in Boston by Dubliner Duncan Lennox, a UCD computer science graduate, and Dr B Price Kerfoot, an Associate Professor of Surgery in Harvard Medical School.

Details of Career Opportunities with QStream are available here


The CareersPortal Team