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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Chartered Accountancy Career Event

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Chartered Accountancy Career Event

Thursday, March 19, 2015 

Chartered Accountancy Career Event

Chartered Accountancy Career Event – 16th April 2015

Are you thinking of a career in accountancy?

Chartered Accountants Ireland will host a career event on Thursday 16 April 2015, 3-5pm in Chartered Accountants House, 47-49 Pearse St, Dublin 2.

The purpose of the event is to showcase the Chartered Accountancy profession, career opportunities and to connect students with training firms.

We expect to have over 15 training firms available on the day to talk to students and some of the firms will have positions to fill for 2015. So be sure to register early and secure your place.

We will also have presentations explaining the profession and routes into Chartered Accountancy, practical tips on CV and interview preparation and the range of specialist qualifications once you qualify with us.

Full details and registration information HERE

The CareersPortal Team