Diversity Post (Oct 21): I study Psychology, am I going to have a job? – 3
I have just granted 1 round of credits to those who have finished the questionnaire before 19th Oct! If you completed the questionnaire after this, please wait for a while till we grant you the credit, the same if you requested money – we will need to collect the names to apply for the money, so please wait for a while.
If you want to be in academia:
➡️You can choose to be a teaching fellow/administrative role:
So you won’t necessarily need a Ph.D. research degree to apply for this role. However, you will still need to be an expert in your field. I’ve seen people who teach part-time at IOE works full-time as a secondary school teacher and own their own company. I’ve also seen people who worked for cooperates for years have been appointed to leadership roles in higher education. So you still can return back to the system even if you’ve taken different careers after graduation.
if you want to be a clinical psychologist:
Here’s what I found from the NHS website on the requirements to become a clinical psychologist:
Training is a three year full time taught doctorate programme which includes teaching, supervision, and a salaried training post paid at Agenda for Change Band 6.
You’ll need a psychology degree recognised for the “Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership ” by the British Psychological Society. There is also a high level of competition for places on the 30 training programmes in the UK.
You’ll also be asked to show how you think the values of the NHS Constitution apply in your everyday work.
What what I seen from my peers, those who wanted to become a clinical psychologist will look for Master degrees with clinical practices (time to work in a clinic), there are plenty of them if you look them up, for example the UCL Postgraduate Programmes in Anna Freud centre!
If you want to work with the government:
According to UK government’s website, you will likely to work as a consultant: “work with staff to improve standards and optimise processes, whether these are in the management of people and resources or in policy or operational delivery roles supporting customers and employees.” Many of the roles require you to have a PhD degree or abundant working experience. However, some of them are open only to UK nationals, so that might be something you want to consider when applying for such roles.