Hello and welcome to this weeks issue of PsychAssist. Here we have a guest post by Gurkaran Dhanda (Kaz) who has recently completed his MSc Health Psychology at Coventry University. Kaz’s journey has been very unorthodox and despite the set back of receiving a 2:2 classification at Undergraduate; he was able to overcome those barriers and gain some amazing experience both with charities and the NHS. Now that he has completed his MSc (with a high Merit Grade), he now sets his sights on the Clinical Psychology Doctorate, which is very much a realistic option now having the MSc. Here he explores the 3 most important lessons he learnt whilst studying his MSc, in the hopes that others will benefit.
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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)
This is such a big one that so many people undervalue! Networking for me has brought me to this point, and networking will take me further in the future. It’s also one of the key things, that has had its importance emphasised to me for many years. For me, this opened so many doors, from volunteering to shadowing a Consultant Psychiatrist (big thank you to PsychAssist for that one). I cannot emphasize the importance of getting out there and interacting with people you want to work with one day; because if they don’t know who you are and what you want to be doing, chances are they never will! Doors won’t open themselves, but they work pretty well, if you break it down and showcase who you are. An industry like the NHS is like a mansion, it’s not just gonna have one door, so knock on as many doors as possible and get to know people!
This is one that also gets overlooked, with so many people just saying, “I’ll do it later” or “I’ve got so long to do it, it’ll be fine!”, and the reality here is you’re setting yourself up to fail. Only a handful (of annoying people) can be like this and pull out amazing grades, but majority don’t and end up regretting it. If you’re going to do a Masters, whether part or full time, make sure you manage your time effectively because my Masters flew by; A whole year gone like that. In that one year, I made sure I was ahead of most assignments, which I got some decent grades in. The ones I left late, well I guess you can imagine what happened there. It pays to take your time and get the work done early. I made sure I was ahead of time with my thesis; so much so, that it didn’t even feel like a thesis. Some Master’s courses will be very hands on, others not so much, but use your time effectively otherwise you will regret it all in the end. It pays to be ahead of time, I can’t stress that enough!
Lastly, I come to Effort. Anyone who has completed a Masters, will tell you, this is a big one. If you’re not ready to put in the effort into each piece of coursework you do and most importantly your thesis, you will hate the Masters; as well as a whole year wasted. There is no point going into a Masters if you think you don’t have to put effort in, because that will come back and bite you. Effort will show in your work, your work ethic, and your lecturers will know whether you’re putting the time into your work or not. Here I’m gonna keep it short and simple, put in the effort and you’ll be glad you did! This isn’t undergraduate anymore, this is the next step! So step up!