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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140 Jobs for West Dublin with Life Sciences company Grifols

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140 Jobs for West Dublin with Life Sciences company Grifols

Thursday, October 22, 2015 

140 Jobs for West Dublin with Life Sciences company Grifols

Spanish life sciences company Grifols is set to create 140 jobs in Dublin as part of a €100 million investment.

The Barcelona-based company, a producer of blood plasma products for the treatment of illnesses, is opening a new centre for its bioscience division at Grange Castle Business Park in West Dublin.

The 22,000 metre site facility, which will house operating activities including the warehousing of plasma, product labelling, and administrative and commercial activities, is expected to come on stream early next year, in the first half of 2016.

The company, which was established in 1940, reported sales of €3.3 billion last year. It employs approximately 14,000 people worldwide. The group’s bioscience division generated sales of €2.5 billion in 2014, equivalent to 75 per cent of group revenue.

The €100m international logistics centre in Grangecastle, Dublin was opened by Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton today who said the jobs boost was testament to the quality workforce available in Ireland in the life sciences sector.

About Grifols

Grifols runs a network of 150 plasma donor centres in the US which together produce 75m litres of plasma a year. It is then moved to three facilities in the US and Spain where it is transformed into 26 different types of plasma-derived products. Those products are then shipped to 67 countries. Two years ago the company decided it needed to expand its operating and distribution infrastructure. The new 22,000sq.m facility in Grangecastle will act as a central warehouse for all plasma coming from the US. It will also house the company's regulatory and quality activities, R&D global management office and other administrative and commercial activities.

Details of career opportunities with Grifols are available here.

The investment is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.

The CareersPortal Team