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Professions, allegedly, where you can spoof your credentials

  • 06-03-2023 9:36pm
    Registered Users Posts: 19,867 ✭✭✭✭recode the site

    Tonight, RTÉ investigates explores the phenomenon of bogus psychologists who, according to Adam Harris, can merely put up a brass plaque and declare self as a psychologist .

    This is the current example under scrutiny. A very serious example. How many other bogus “professionals” are there out there? I can think of the phenomenon of Nutritionists. - serving exiled talent



  • Registered Users Posts: 32,600 ✭✭✭✭Princess Consuela Bananahammock

    Depends on how good you are at the job in question. Fake qualifications are probably easy. but once you're on the job, you'll be found out pretty quickly if you don't know what you're doing.

    In answer to your question, though: probably finance.

    If this post contains the phrase "we're done here" it means I've proven what I set out to prove and I don't want to keep going round in circles.

    It's not about "winning" it's about illustrating a point.

  • Registered Users Posts: 303 ✭✭Hungry Burger

    Pest Control is a good one.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,055 ✭✭✭T-Maxx

    My boss. Spoofer extraordinaire.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,443 ✭✭✭pgj2015

    web designers.

  • Registered Users Posts: 27,928 ✭✭✭✭HeidiHeidi

    Physical therapists

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,987 ✭✭✭Ubbquittious

    Psychology is hard to get into. There is actually a special council that meets in Dublin twice a year to decide which foreign psychologists are eligible to have their qualifications recognised here. It's a long and painful process to get in

    Also if you study psychology in Ireland you have to do a certain amount of volunteer work for Brothers of Charity or similar organisation "for your sins" before you can get an actual job

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,238 ✭✭✭Xander10

    TV & radio presenter

    A job in RTE. Any idiot could do it and get overpaid. Nepotism helps.

    I'm awaiting the Prime Time investigates special on it.

    Weatherman. Any gobshite these days, just be able to maybe do a song or dance.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,870 ✭✭✭✭callaway92

    ‘Performance Coach’ in sports

    Basically watch a match and give your thoughts on it

  • Registered Users Posts: 25,247 ✭✭✭✭Mrs OBumble

    Art therapist.

    Music therapist.




  • Registered Users Posts: 12,076 ✭✭✭✭mariaalice

    People are mixing up woo-woo wellness stuff with jobs that you have to have a qualification in, nobody is becoming director of HR without a degree in HR and possibly a master's.

    Post edited by mariaalice on

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,076 ✭✭✭✭mariaalice

    Do people have no responsibilities themselves for checking qualifications of anyone they consult?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 39,674 ✭✭✭✭ohnonotgmail

  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 59,987 Mod ✭✭✭✭Wibbs

    I've known a couple of psychologists who've put in the grind and have the qualifications who were rightly pissed off that any muppet with enough woo and a neck as hard as a jockey's bollocks can set up shop and claim they're a "counsellor". Never mind the inherent dangers of that to people they're "treating".

    Same for actually qualified dietitians and so called "nutritionists" going around telling people they're [insert fashionable foodstuff here] intolerant.

    Rejoice in the awareness of feeling stupid, for that’s how you end up learning new things. If you’re not aware you’re stupid, you probably are.

  • Registered Users Posts: 25,247 ✭✭✭✭Mrs OBumble


    In plenty of smaller companies,the finance manager is also the HR manager. No prizes for guessing what they're qualified in.

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,956 ✭✭✭✭Leg End Reject

    Interior designer

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,238 ✭✭✭Xander10

    Wedding Planner

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,870 ✭✭✭✭callaway92

    In regard to the analysis titled you’ve mentioned above - why do you think these roles are spoof roles?

    A performance analyst is an entry level job anyway. Even at that, the title of ‘analyst’ is generally incorrect in GAA. It’s usually somebody that does data coding rather than analysis itself.

    It’s not like some wizard is needed for them

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,757 ✭✭✭✭PopePalpatine

    I wonder how many of those GAA middle manager/consultant types got in through nepotism, you can't spoof that. Same with politicians.

  • Registered Users Posts: 28,033 ✭✭✭✭Wanderer78

    i was made aware of this woman a long time ago, some have been well known about for years.....

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,412 ✭✭✭Oscar_Madison

    Carpenter, plumber, building contractor, roof specialist, , - these are all sought after skills but in reality do we really know the skills and qualifications of the people we employ to maintain and redevelop our homes?

    I guess that’s why these “professions” rely on word of mouth and who you know- we know not to do electrical work or gas work ourselves and only with a registered contractor but after that, you could be paying a complete imbecile and many a time you are.