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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20 New Jobs with software solutions company Kefron

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20 New Jobs with software solutions company Kefron

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 

20 New Jobs with software solutions company Kefron

Kefron, an Irish-owned document and information management company, has acquired Evolution and Lightspeed as part of a €1m investment. The move will see staff numbers at the company rise by 20.

Staff at both Lightspeed and Evolution will be retained and Kefron aims to employ more than the initial 20 before the end of the year.

Dublin-based Evolution provides integrated software solutions for clients in Ireland and the UK. As part of the acquisition Evolution's managing director, Alistair Thacker, has been appointed as head of technology at Kefron. Meanwhile at UK-based Lightspeed, directors Adrian Guice and Andrew Forward will continue in their roles in operations and sales respectively.

Paul Kearns, managing director of Kefron, said the acquisition will give the company additional capacity and improves its in-house software skills.

Details of job opportunities with Kefron are available here