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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TAP Certification

Fáilte Ireland offers certification endorsed by the Department of Education and Science to students who have successfully completed the Tourism Awareness Programme in Transition Year. Certification of students is co-ordinated by Fáilte Ireland , and the certificates will reflect which programme option was chosen. Certification will depend on successful completion of the programme and assessment according to Fáilte Ireland guidelines.

On successful completion of the programme, students will be issued with a certificate which is endorsed by the Department of Education to mark their achievement. There are different certificates for the single module and full programmes.

When your students have successfully completed the TAP programme, please download the form below and  complete it with the names of the individual students involved.  Return the form to .  Once the completed form has been returned to Fáilte Ireland, you can then download relevant Certificates by clicking the link below. These Certificates should be completed and signed by both the course tutor and school principal.

Click here for the Registration for Certification form 

Download the TAP Completion Certificate for the programme Over a Term

Download the TAP Completion Certificate for the programme Over a Year