Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. Recently we spoke with one of our Clinical Psychologist friends and we got into quite a DEEP discussion around regrets. This gave us an idea for an article and we quickly reached out to many TOP Psychologists in the country to ask this same question. The responses were INCREDIBLE and EYE OPENING! We are so thrilled that these people were kind enough to take time out to give us such an amazing insight and lessons. Within this post we will explore The Biggest Regrets of The Top Psychologists!
Hello and WELCOME to another great article by PsychAssist. Now, DClinPsy season is reaching its mid-point this month with many hopeful applicants recently sitting screening tests. However, for many first time applicants, the process has come as a shock. We have received a lot of feedback from applicants that have sat different screening tests which have proved quite mixed. Now we at PsychAssist understand that courses need to screen applicants somehow and screening tests are the quickest and most concrete method to do so. However, the question still remains; Is it time to scrap the screening tests and revert back to gaining interviews on merit? Within this article, we will explore the pros and cons of DClinPsy courses using screening tests.
Hello and WELCOME TO PSYCHASSIST! We at PsychAssist receive lots of messages each week from ASPIRING PSYCHOLOGISTS on how they can get ahead in a career in psychology. Increasingly, many Psych Grads/Students reach out to us saying how their careers are over before they've even started due to a 2:2 at UNDERGRADUATE. This gave us an idea to call in an INCREDIBLE and INSPIRATIONAL person to do a guest post, to ultimately disprove the MYTH! that you need at least a 2:1 to get a head in psychology. Meet Dr Ruth Tully! From having a child with cerebral palsy during her A Levels and getting a 2:2 at undergraduate, to running a very successful psychological service. Within this post, we take a look at her journey. Still think your 2:2 will hold you back?
Hello and WELCOME to another great article by PsychAssist. Over the past couple of weeks, we have received loads of messages from Psych Students and Psych Grads asking about any secret hints and tips some of the top psychologists in the country have used to get ahead. This initially seemed Ludacris as there wasn’t one simple trick to get a head in psychology; however, we did notice a pattern from top psychologists and one attribute was always evident. Within this post, we will give you that one skill that’s needed for you to get a head in psychology. I guess the secrets out!
Hello and welcome to PsychAssist. Over the past year, we have received a lot of messages from Psych Grads and Students asking for advice on what to do after graduation. Over time, we have noticed a pattern emerging from aspiring psychologists as half of the hopefuls don’t actually know what a Support Worker role is. There are literally hundreds of opportunities that come with being a Support Worker and it baffles us that Psych Grads/Students still actively avoid these roles. Within this post we will explore the 3 main benefits of being a support worker and hopefully we can change a few perceptions of this role. Are you ready to have your mind blown?
Hello and welcome to PsychAssist. We are very pleased to release this guest post by Jessica Eaton as she gives all you Psych Students and Graduates some very helpful tips as you progress in your careers. Jessica Eaton is a national academic researcher, writer and speaker within the field of Forensic Psychology. She has a career history in the development, management and training of rape centres, police forces, criminal justice services, local authorities and therapeutic services. She specialises in Victim Blaming of women and girls who have experienced sexual violence and abuse; along with societal structures that encourage and perpetuate victim blaming and self-blame after sexual violence. Jessica is very active in psychological research within this field and has appeared on national television on numerous occasions discussing sexual violence and mental health. We hope you enjoy this post and take away some really helpful tips from Jessica.
Hello and welcome to another great article by PsychAssist. Recently we have had many Psych Students and Grads ask us about this “scary thing” called Formulation and more specifically how to use it. This is a topic we grappled with for many years until it was broken down by a Clinical Psychologist once we had entered the working world. This apparent scary and “very professional” topic was actually not as daunting it seemed and this is exactly why we at PsychAssist would like to show you (in basic terms) what Formulation is and how you already Use it every day.
So its Dissertation season for most of you undergraduate students and masters students. Now we know that many of you will most probably have an idea in your head and you’ve probably sat down with your supervisor to discuss these but we’re here to give you some tips that just might get you that distinction. Within this post we will discuss the 3 tips on how you can choose the right dissertation topic and get the best grade possible.
Ok now that Christmas is out the way and the New Year is well and truly underway, many Psych Students are starting to think about that scary dissertation project. Recently, we have had a huge surge in Psych students asking how they can get more participants for their research project as time is very precious at this stage. Never fear, PsychAssist is here and within this post we will give you 3 tips on how you can ensure you have enough participants for your study. If you follow these tips, you’ll have people queuing up to complete your study.
This is an age-old question that we seem to be asked over and over again. “PsychAssist I’ve been offered a job but it’s within a private service and I don’t know if this will hinder me in the future as it’s not a NHS post. What should I do?” Sound familiar? Ok before we get into the pros and cons of working in private practice or the NHS, you must know one thing. BOTH TYPES OF SERVICES ARE VALUED EXACTLY THE SAME IN THE EYES OF YOUR FUTURE EMPLOYER! You will not be hindered if you opt to take a position within a private service or even a charity. As long as you display the ability to reflect on your experience then you’ll be fine.
Have you got to 2018 as a Psych Grad and are still struggling to get your foot in the door? You’re not alone as there are hundreds of graduates in the same boat. However have you ever thought that maybe, just maybe it’s something you’re doing (or not doing) that’s contributing to this. Within this post we will explore 4 reasons Why You’re Failing as A Psych Grad along with practical tips on how you can make 2018 the best year yet.
Hello and welcome to another article by PsychAssist. Over the past couple of weeks we have been inundated with messages from Psych Grads and Students saying that they are struggling with motivation! This actually sparked a conversation amongst ourselves: How do we stay motivated? Are there any things we do that keeps us going even in this uncertain career path? Within this post we outline the 4 common things we do to stay motivated and how you can use these tools to get a head. LET’S GO!!
There is a serious lack of information on the internet regarding how to become an Educational Psychologist. We always here the cliché of Psychology Graduates wanting to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology, however have you ever considered Educational Psychology? This is often a close second to most Psych Grads, however most don’t even know where to begin. Within this Guest post by Chrissie Fitch, we go deep into what Educational Psychology is along with what you can do to get there. DO YOU THINK YOU’RE CUT OUT TO BE AN EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST?
Lately, Psychology Graduates have been messaging the team on the topic of when to leave a job post, or when to start job hunting. Unfortunately there isn’t a one size fits all answer we can give in this scenario, as everyone is different and every situation is unique. Having said that; we at PsychAssist have noticed similarities in many Psychology Graduates that have left posts and we have condensed these into four reasons why people leave job posts. Hopefully within this post you will be able to spot the signs it may be time to start looking elsewhere for new clinical experiences.
Recently, we at PsychAssist have received a large number of messages, particularly from new Assistant Psychologists, asking for our advice on what they need to know as AP’s. This sparked an idea for an article as every Psychology Graduates dreams of landing an Assistant Psychologist job; however once they achieve this, they develop a sudden onset of Imposter Syndrome. Within this post we aim to explore the 4 things every new Assistant Psychologists should know before they begin this chapter of their lives. Hopefully you pick up some tips that will help you develop into the clinician we know you’re capable of being.
If you haven’t heard already, ITS CLINICAL DOCTORATE APPLICATION SEASON, and here at PsychAssist were on a mission to give all you Doctorate hopefuls all the information you need. Now this post was one we have waited a long time to publish. Over the years, we have heard some absolutely outrageous MYTHS by Psychology Graduates who one day hopes to get onto clinical training. We therefore decided to, once and for all, get rid of the myths frequently told to Psychology Graduates about getting onto the Clinical Psychology Doctorate Course. So here are just a few that we have heard; I guarantee you’ve heard some of these as well.
It’s that time of year again. Clinical Psychology Doctorate application season is officially open and this comes with a lot of questions from Psychology Graduates. The main question we hear is an age old question “AM I READY TO APPLY?” The only issue is many other psychology websites give generic answers to this question. One example being, “ONLY APPLY WHEN YOU FEEL READY”. As you can see this can be quite frustrating to some hopefuls who feel that they will never “feel ready”. Luckily, PsychAssist is here to try to help guide Psychology Graduates in finding out if they are “ready” for Clinical Training.. Within this post we will explore 3 reasons why you SHOULDN’T apply for the Clinical Psychology Doctorate programme.
I hear a lot of Psychology Graduates and Students speak about what it takes to be an Assistant Psychologist. You hear so many different answers to this question; however not a lot about the mind-set you develop as an Assistant Psychologist. Most Assistant Psychologists find it difficult to acknowledge that there thought processes and thinking has changed considerably since they first took on the role as an Assistant. This gave us the idea of researching the main mental paradigm shifts nearly all Assistant Psychologists go through to give Students & Graduates an idea of what’s to come.
This is a question I hear more and more Psychology Graduates ask me. This is the job role that would be ideal for any Graduate looking to put all the learnt theory into practice; however UNIVERSITIES DON’T PROMOTE THIS JOB ROLE ENOUGH in my opinion. I remember when I first decided I wanted to pursue a career in Psychology; I thought my days would consist of seeing clients and then formulating what they needed for the next session. I was shocked that it took me A WHOLE YEAR OUT OF UNIVERSITY to find such a job role that I could have jumped into straight away without needing a doctorate. If you’re interested in knowing what this magical job role consists of then read below on WHAT PWP’s ACTUALLY DO.
Previously PsychAssist wrote an article on the 5 Reasons why you should have a Masters in Psychology which received a lot of attention and sparked a lot of conversations. Nevertheless, since that article was published, we have been inundated with enquiries from Students and Graduates wanting to know if their situation warranted an MSc. This gave us an idea. The only information currently out there are University propaganda campaigns that lure unsuspecting Psychology Graduates to spend even more money on a MSc course, even when they DON’T need one. Within this post, we will discuss the 3 reasons why you DON’T need an MSc in Psychology (Universities are going to hate me for this…….).
There’s an internal national debate going on at this moment in time. Many Graduates and Qualified Psychologists are increasingly questioning their memberships to the BPS and wonder what VALUE they get from being a member. Yes it’s nice to have MBPsS next to your name, however most Students/graduates probably don’t even know what that means. This gave us the inspiration to look into this further and to gather opinions from different people (members and non-members) to weigh up the Pros and Cons of being a member. Within this post we will explore WHY YOU SHOULDN’T JOIN THE BPS.
For years I have heard many graduates say “you need to get an Assistant Psychologist role” and always view these posts as the be all and end all. I have been an Assistant Psychologist for years and granted it has been very rewarding and amazing at times. Nevertheless, no job is perfect so I thought I would write a post about the Worst Things about being an Assistant Psychologist that may help inform your decision when applying for these roles.
This is a post that has been bubbling for a while. I’ve asked every psychologist I know within my trust and other trusts about the common mistakes they see in applications from Support Workers to Assistant Psychologist. A lot of the mistakes outlined below can easily be rectified and hopefully land you that all important relevant job role. Do you recognise any of these common mistakes in your application?
Hello and welcome to PsychAssist. Within this post we look at the 5 most common myths that Psychology Graduates hear and hopefully we will be able to bust a few myths. Since I graduated back in 2014, I have heard so many things from different graduates that I previously thought where true. Things like "you need an MSc to get an AP role" or "I haven't got a chance of getting anything in Psychology as I graduates from....University". Have you ever heard of the 5 myths below?
I must hear this question at least 10 times in a week. “PsychAssist, I got a 2:2, my Psychology Career is over before it’s begun, what can I do?” The short answer is, YOU CAN DO A LOT WITH A 2:2, it just means the already difficult road ahead, just got a little harder. Within this post we will discuss the 4 things you need to do if you received a 2:2 classification in your undergraduate degree. Don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world and here’s why……
Are you a Psychology Student? Have you recently graduated? Do you want to know the typical career stages and timeline for a psychologist?
Have you ever wondered what kinds of questions are asked in an Assistant Psychologist interview? This is a HUGE issue for many Psych Grads across the country. Within this post we will explore the 7 Common Themes in any Assistant Psychologist Interview.
So you want to be an Assistant Psychologist? Do you even know what they do? Within this post we will explore the 8 most common duties of an Assistant Psychologist. Do you think your ready to be an Assistant Psychologist
Are you a Psychology graduate? Do you know what Jobs to apply for?? You've come to the right place! Here we outline 6 positions that Qualified Psychologist acquired right after graduation to start their very successful careers. Which of these 6 could potentially start you career?