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


  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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Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Liffey Park Technology Campus (LPTC)
Barnhall Road
Co Kildare

Organisation Profile

Hewlett Packard (HP) is the leading information technology provider to consumers, business, and the public sector in Ireland.

HP was founded in 1939 and has corporate headquarters in Palo Alto, California. The company now operates in more than 170 countries around the world.

HP explores how technology and services can help people and companies address their problems and challenges, and realize their possibilities, aspirations and dreams. HP apply new thinking and ideas to create more simple, valuable and trusted experiences with technology, continuously improving the way their customers live and work.

Meg Whitman is current  President and CEO of the company, which is placed among the world’s largest IT companies and currently ranked at  No. 10. in the 2012 Fortune 500 annual raning of America's largest corporations.
No other company offers as complete a technology product portfolio as HP, with products spanning IT infrastructure, business and home computing and the areas of imaging and printing. HP provide infrastructure and business offerings that span from handheld devices to some of the world's most powerful supercomputer installations. We offer consumers a wide range of products and services from digital photography to digital entertainment and from computing to home printing. This comprehensive portfolio helps us match the right products, services and solutions to our customers' specific needs.
In Ireland, HP employs more than 4,000 people in Dublin, Galway, Belfast and at its headquarters in Leixlip, Co. Kildare - Liffey Park Technology Campus.

HP recognise that if people like what they do, and have a good place to work, togather we have a better opportunity to contribute to business success.  HP has therefore been actively promoting the ‘Best Place to Work’ initiative. the initiative is about enabling all employees to perform at their best. Understanding how teams contribute to the business and the team behaviours needed to achieve this.

We encourage strong decision making, showing of courage and empowerment of people to make decisions. Celebration of events, in each of our lives, as much as business success is important. Recognising and rewarding employees for Service Awards, contribution to the business success, celebrating the birth of children, marriages, and the attainment of education awards.

We have a diversity roadmap which includes everything from working in special placements, anti-racism in the workplace week to site ‘Ability’ audits. Our employee Flexible Benefits package allows us to customise our own preferences recognising diversity in our life-cycles.
At HP, we believe in the power of ideas. From cutting edge personal digital equipment to the most powerful IT solutions, we use ideas to put technology to work for everyone. And we believe that ideas thrive best in a teamwork culture. That is why everyone at every level in every function is encouraged to have original ideas, to express them and to share them. We believe anything can be achieved if you really believe in it, and we will invest in your ideas to change lives and working practices.
Are you ready to become part of a winning team?


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Val Gabriel
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John Oliver
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"I have good technical depth in my area and that helps me contribute to teams. I listen to people and try to help them sort out technical problems"
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"Working in Supply Chain gives you a very broad perspective of the business and you get exposure to many other business models"
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