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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Springboard Roadshows for Jobseekers

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Springboard Roadshows for Jobseekers

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 

Springboard Roadshows for Jobseekers

The Springboard+ Showcase Comes to Galway, Hotel Meyrick, 14th August, 1-7pm

Hundreds of jobseekers and employers who are looking to plug skills gaps in their organisations are expected to descend on Hotel Meyrick, on 14th of August, as the first of three  Springboard+ Showcases arrives in the city.

The Showcase, free and open to the public, will exhibit the many courses that Springboard+ has to offer jobseekers, across 42 higher education institutions in Ireland.

On offer is the opportunity to meet companies actively recruiting in the Galway region, to talk with Springboard+ course providers and receive one-to-one career advice from Careers Advisors, Employers and Springboard+ staff.

The event will be a welcome boost to jobseekers in the Galway area. Unemployment in Galway City, for example, currently stands, at 8,943 people. With 296 courses Springboard+ offers those still out of work the multiple chances to reskill and discover new employment opportunities.

A second Dublin Showcase will take place 18th August from 1.00 -7.00pm at the Mansion House in Dawson Street.

A third Cork Showcase will take place 20th August from 1.00 -7.00pm at the Metropole Hotel.

About Springboard+

Set up in 2011 Springboard+ is part of Government’s Skills to Work initiative. Courses focus on areas such as:

  • ICT
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Cross-Enterprise Skills and International Financial Services.

The programme has a proven track record in helping people get back to work. To date, over 21,000 people have participated on one of its courses. Recently released figures indicate a high success rate in getting people back to work. 52%* of 2014 Springboard+ graduates were back in work within six months of completing their course, some as employees and a significant number as self-employed. 74% of all Springboard+ participants 2011-2014 are no longer on the Live register.

A survey of all graduates 2011 – 2014 indicates that within two years of completing a Springboard course, 60% of respondents are employed or self-employed, with progression to employment steadily increasing over time.

The success of the programme has led to Springboard+’s expansion. 9,000 new course places on 296 individual courses, at a cost of €27million to the Exchequer, but free to participants are offered.

Alan McGrath, Manager, Skills and Enterprise Engagement

Higher Education Authority says that, “in showcasing the Springboard+ programme we are also reflecting the power and potential of the Galway region,”

“Our feedback tells us that business and graduates want the same thing when it comes to skills and jobs. Springboard+ provides solutions for both because the courses nurture highly motivated graduates with the job-ready skills that employers need today.”

Springboard+’s unique attraction lies in its specifically tailored courses, designed to meet the needs of today’s market. All courses are one-year or less in duration and aim to re-skill people in areas where there are job opportunities now and in the future. Participants who complete these courses will be awarded a higher education or training award at Levels 6 to 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

The Springboard+ Showcase in Galway will allow people to find out more about these courses and to sample the opportunities that it offers. The event takes place on the 14th of August in the Meyrick Hotel. Entry is free and doors will be open 1-7pm.

To find out more click here

The CareersPortal Team