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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Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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Nursing Home Jobs Opportunities  


Monday, February 27, 2012 




Nursing Home Jobs Opportunities

Up to 1,800 jobs are to be created in private and voluntary nursing homes this year, it has emerged.

The representative body for the sector, Nursing Homes Ireland, today urged staff who either have or will retire from the public health service before pension changes come into effect next week to consider employment opportunities that may exist in nursing homes.

It urged people seeking employment to contact members of Nursing Home Ireland in their locality to see what opportunities were available. It said that details of jobs to be created in the sector had emerged from a survey of more than 400 private and voluntary nursing homes which was undertaken last month.

Nursing Homes Ireland said the job creation plans reflected increased demand for long-term residential care and comes during a period of severe economic pressure for private and voluntary nursing home providers.

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