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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This was the biggest complaint we received about being a member of the BPS. It costs £134 a year to be a graduate member, which to an increasing amount of graduate’s, is a lot of money. Now before the fortunate few think “That’s less than 40p a day”, you have to weigh this up next to the VALUE you’re receiving. Being a member allows you access to a monthly magazine (The Psychologist) along with a discount to conferences and access to BPS journals. This isn’t a lot for what £134 could get you elsewhere. Many Psychologists have become frustrated at the lack of return they’re seeing from their hard earned money which has led to some questioning their membership.
This was also something we heard quite frequently. It appears in this digital world, the BPS isn’t the quickest in recognising the needs of Psychologists; therefore some information may be outdated. Yes there are workshops and conferences that people can attend; however most want the information NOW!!
Take this for an example; we had a look at the BPS YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/bpsmediacentre) to have a look at how useful it would be for graduates and students. In my honest opinion, I was disappointed at the lack of information and even misleading information that we saw on there (One video suggested that you needed to be an Assistant Clinical Psychologist to become a Clinical Psychologist). Many of the videos that was even slightly useful for my readers, where out of date, and quite frankly not the best.
Also, a lot of the information given by the BPS is aimed at either Students or Chartered Psychologists. It does appear that there are some limitations in information for us Inbetweeners.
YOU DON’T NEED IT!
The final criticism of the BPS has to be the biggest issue. Many psychologists (most that weren’t part of the BPS) repeatedly said to us “What’s the point of being a member when no Pre-Qualified Job asks this as a requirement?” which is absolutely correct. No job once you graduate will ask you is you’re a member or not, only if you’re eligible for membership. This begs the questions of, why pay the fee if you don’t need it for your career?
This was a huge misconception when I was graduating as I heard numerous times; “Make sure you become a member straight away, as you won’t get a job without it” and I WOULD HAVE FALLEN FOR IT had I not got my first Psychology Job without being a member. To tell you the truth, never have I ever been asked about my membership status; only if I am eligible for graduate membership (which I am!)
Thank you for reading this week’s Post by PsychAssist. Next week we will talk about the Benefits of Joining the BPS
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