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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Bank of Ireland hiring at Career Zoo

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Bank of Ireland hiring at Career Zoo

Monday, February 16, 2015 

Bank of Ireland hiring at Career Zoo

Is a career in the financial sector for you?

Bank of Ireland has committed to hiring at least ten professionals at the forthcoming Career Zoo event as part of as part of wider career opportunities available at the financial institution.

Career Zoo is an event which provides a platform for talent and opportunity to connect directly with potential employers. Recent graduates and professionals have the chance to meet face to face with a wide variety of recruiting companies from a range of different industry sectors

Career Zoo takes place on Saturday, February 21st 2015 in the Convention Centre Dublin from 10am to 5pm. 

Current job vacancies with Bank of Ireland include:

  • Business adviser
  • Risk analyst
  • Project manager
  • Economist

For a full list of the current vacancies with Bank of Ireland click here.

ViewBank of Ireland Employer Profile including employee interviews here.

Alongside Bank of Ireland there will a number of other leading employers, research establishments and organisations with stands at the event who are eager to meet ambitious and talented candidates focused on developing their careers. Some of these include:

  • Liberty IT
  • Ericsson
  • Citrix
  • Version 1
  • Survey Monkey

All of the job opportunities on offer will be located in Ireland, and not just in major cities. For example, multinational finance company Pramerica has a wide selection of jobs available in Letterkenny, Co Donegal.

A new feature at this year’s event will be a dedicated Coder Hack Space where delegates are welcome to bring their coding problems on the day to speak with peers from a variety of coding groups.

The ‘International Financial District’, sponsored by Bank of Ireland will be a new area added this year which will highlight a host of exciting positions across Ireland’s financial sector, both traditional roles and new tech roles that the digital revolution is creating.”

BioCluster will be a designated platform for Ireland’s leading life sciences organisations. Career clinics and workshops will also be held to help provide candidates with useful and valuable information to assist them whether it’s in finding employment or changing their career. Upwards of 10,000 attendees are expected on the day.

Career Zoo is a FREE event for Jobseekers.  Click here to register.

Are you a jobseeker? Lots of valuable information available here to help you with your job search.

The CareersPortal Team