“What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: Choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team.”
This is going to be the first in a series of posts concerning becoming a psychologist and what you can do with your psychology qualifications. The first few articles will be general articles and then I will talk through what you need and how you go about becoming a clinical psychologist, educational psychologist, occupational psychologist, forensic psychologist, teacher, and researcher and much more.
We’re getting to that time of year when students are waiting with baited breath for their results. Dreams for the future are flowing fast; but how do you get there? Becoming a psychologist is a rocky and competitive road so best to get it straight now so you know where you’re going. Maybe you don’t want to become a psychologist but you just want to do a psychology degree – if that’s the case then the best place to start is either UCAS or there’s a list of most of the psychology departments in the UK over at clickpsych.com.
If you want to get ahead of the game or just want to know a little bit more about becoming a psychologist (from people that I’m sure know more about it than me) you could start by looking at Becoming a Psychologist or How to Become a Clinical Psychologist: Getting a Foot in the Door (both available at Amazon).
So, you’re studying for, or have finished your A Levels (I’m aiming this series at A Level students as that’s the main demography who visit the site – if you’re an undergraduate then just skip ahead to what to do after you go to university ;) ) and you’re looking at what to do at University. The vast majority of people who go into psychology have at least a BSc in psychology; if you do something different as a first degree you might find yourself having to do a post-graduate course or some diploma with the BPS.
When you’re choosing which Psychology course to do you will want to ensure that the BSc (or in a few cases BA) course that you’re planning on undertaking is accredited by the BPS or you could find yourself having to do an extra course anyway :( Most universities will state if they are but you can always check out which ones are here. If you’re ever stuck for information the British Psychological Society (BPS) is always a great place to start.
|The British Psychological Society
St. Andrews House
48 Princess Road East
Tel: No. 01533 549593
Taking time to volunteer
Volunteer projects can be extremely enjoyable. They offer you a chance to develop skills that are useful for psychology and future employment opportunities and most importantly they make you stand out from the crowd – this psychology lark is a competitive business. Projects are very flexible in terms of the amount of time you are expect to commit and cover a wide range of interests from working with children and the elderly to conservation projects and fundraising. Try to get involved in something as soon as you can… your college or university should be able to set you up with something. There’s also a load of sites out there to help you out: www.do-it.org.uk or www.studentvol.org.uk are good places to start.
The choice is yours …
Over the next few weeks we will be covering what you will actually need to do if you want to become a psychologist and how to get there. Next in this series is “how to become a clinical psychologist” coming soon.
Aug 08: How to be a Clinical Psychologist article written by MyClinPsychLife