3 Things I Learnt from Completing A Masters

Having completed a MSc in Health Psychology, there’s a bunch of things I can list off the top of my head that I have learnt from doing a Masters. Tom named 3 previously that I would say in a split second also, so here’s just a few more in case you were wondering… (Check out Thomas Hadden's Lessons From An MSc Graduate)

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What to Expect in A Clinical Doctorate Interview

As you may be aware, IT’S CLINICAL DOCTORATE APPLICATION SEASON! Which probably means that you’re stressing about getting your application in, whilst silently hoping that this is your year to get onto the course? Nevertheless, have you ever asked yourself, “What actually happens at a Clinical Doctorate Interview?” This is something may of Psychology Graduates ask; however there is hardly any information out there on this topic. Within this post we will discuss the 3 main elements of ANY Clinical Doctorate Interview.

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Timeline: Clinical Psychology Doctorate Application Process

It’s that time of year again. You know that air of optimism from Psychology Graduates feeling confident that this is “Their Year” to get onto the Clinical Psychology Doctorate. Nevertheless if you’re a recent graduate (and anything like I was), you probably have never heard of the Clinical Psychology Doctorate. This inspired us to make a timeline for all you “new” Psychology Graduates to the application season. Within this article we will discuss each stage of the Clinical Psychology Doctorate and when you are likely to hear from the different Universities.

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Mind-set of an Assistant Psychologist

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.

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So What do PWP’s Actually Do?

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.

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The 4 Fundamentals of Research

This is a guest post by Dr Liam Satchell, who has come a long way from failing his Psychology A level to completing his PhD and is now a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of West London’s Department of Law and Criminology. His research focuses on the use of personality psychology in forensic and security settings and has worked with educational, animal welfare and political psychology research. Liam is passionate about getting undergraduate (UG) students and the public involved in the research process. He has created UG-focused research teams like the First Real Impressions and Engagement in Naturalistic Designs (FRIENDS) group and frequently gives talks about the nature of forensic psychology research to children, families and older adults.

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Why you Should Join the BPS

We wrote an article a few weeks back that received a lot of attention called Why You Shouldn’t Join The BPS!. As you know, PsychAssist aims to give all Students and Graduates a balanced view of life after University. Some of you may choose to join the British Psychological Society (BPS) and some of you may not. What matters is that you have ALL of the information, so you can make your own mind up. Within this article, we will explore the 3 Reasons why you Should Join the BPS.

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4 Lessons From A Trainee Counselling Psychologist

Going into counselling psychology can be a demanding process. The investment you make in personal development comes with the need to take on constructive feedback and apply it to your learning on a daily basis. Like any other doctoral course, the expectations of academic and skill development are high. I have to say that I wouldn’t have it any other way. Setting out on the journey of becoming a counselling psychologist is challenging, but it is without a doubt the most eye opening and exhilarating process I have ever undertaken. As a current trainee, a few of the steps I have learned along the way I think will help those of you in the process of becoming a counselling psychologist, or considering it.

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Why you DON’T Need an MSc in Psychology

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…….).

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Why You Shouldn’t Join The BPS!

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.

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The Worst things about being an Assistant Psychologist

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.

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5 Application Mistakes by Psychology Graduates

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?

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So you got a 2:2, Now What?

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……

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Lessons From An MSc Graduate

With more people choosing to undertake an undergraduate degree in psychology, many people are opting to obtain a master’s degree. Therefore, after submitting my final thesis on Monday finishing my MSc in Health Psychology, here are three important things I learnt during my masters;

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