Hello and WELCOME to the first PsychAssist article of 2019! In this article, we will explain how PsychGrads can Dominate 2019 by implementing a few helpful tips. Over the final months of 2018, we reflected on where the world of psychology is heading and how PsychGrads can get ahead of the crowd. There were many things that we thought of however there were only 3 that we felt were the most important for PsychGrads to know in 2019.
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So the first way that Psych Grads can smash 2019 is to STOP STRESSING about your career. This is the quickest way to not get to where you want to be. In my short career, I have realised that life will happen! One minute you’re on one path and then in a blink of an eye, you’re on another. This is something that everyone (not only PsychGrads) should expect as you will end up exactly where you need to be in the end.
PsychAssist Tip: This is actually what employers want to see; someone who is calm and doesn’t overthink things. You shouldn’t live to work rather you should be working to LIVE!Go on that holiday with your friends, move to the city of your dreams; Your career will always be here when you get back!
“you could always pick up some locum PWP work which pays quite well”
Trainee PWP roles
Ok, so the next tip is more practical. Like in many previous PsychAssist articles, we feel that PsychGrads should be actively seeking Trainee PWP positions as these will help you massively in gaining quality clinical experience. These roles just make sense for the majority of PsychGrads as it gives you the crucial patient contact needed to progress in your career. We know that every IAPT service is different (and there are some terribly led services) but the pros far outweigh the cons. This is why we think that actively looking for these types of roles will lead to you smashing 2019.
PsychAssist Tip: Don’t forget to look at job sites like Indeed when looking for trainee PWP roles and not just NHS jobs. This is because some charities advertise for trainees also and they will always advertise on mainstream job sites. Another tip is that once you’re qualified, you could always pick up some locum PWP work which pays quite well and also gives you lots of variety in where you work.
“write down a few bullet points of learning points from that day”
It’s Not WHAT You Know It’s HOW You Know It
The final tip is probably the most important as this is something that is fundamental to your progression. Time and time again, Psych Grads send us messages about not getting job interviews/offers and the main reason is that they keep saying what they know instead of HOW they’ve learnt those skills. This is by far the best way to smash 2019 as you’ll blow away the competition if you follow this advice. One way in doing this is to use Gibb’s reflective cycle as a guide. This means that when you think about the experience that you have, always mention WHAT you learnt, HOW you learnt it and HOW that has made you a better clinician.
PsychAssist Tip: At the end of every working day, write down a few bullet points of learning points from that day. Then write down how you learnt those learning points. This is something that I have been doing for the past couple of months and it has really helped in looking back on my development.
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