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A day in the life of a Clinical Psychologist in the United Kingdom
My career goals when I graduated
To work in a job that involved the direct use of psychology.
My career history
Programme officer in the probation service and moved to the NHS as a psychological wellbeing practitioner and then clinical training
What has helped my career to progress
A supportive mentor in senior staff, my family and working on areas that challenged me and put me outside of what I felt comfortable.
Courses taken since graduation
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
How my studies have helped my career
My MSc gave me applied knowledge and the Clinical Doctorate gave me the skills to practice as a Clinical Psychologist.
What surprised me about my career so far
The vast areas that psychology can positively impact and the resilience of the human condition.
Where I hope to be in 5 years
In a more senior role, to be actively involved in research and more actively engaged in service design and improvement.
My advice to students considering work
Be clear about why you want the job and what you hope to learn. Show you can reflect on your experience and highlight the importance of transferable skills.
Stick with it, seek feedback listen to it and use it develop and improve. This never stops always be open to new learning.
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