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How to break into Psychology

Volunteering is a great way to build employment skills and explore potential career paths with minimal risk. We've said it once here before, and we'll say it again.

But don't just take our word for it. 

Three-quarters of employers surveyed believe that volunteering can have a positive effect on an individual’s career progression.

But where do you start?

Well, as you are reading this article you have already begun your journey to becoming a psychologist! So well done. I say this because it takes a lot of work and research to make any great career actually happen. Here are a few tips on how to break into psychology:

1)    Volunteer

To get onto any psychology doctorial course, you are expected to have completed around two+ years’ work experience in the relevant field of psychology before even applying! This allows you to dip your toe into your chosen career before spending piles of cash and years on the course – to then realise, you aren’t so keen.

We at vInspired offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities for those wanting to kick start their career, scroll down to the bottom of this article for some suggested roles you can apply for today. You’ll be doing good and adding vital experience to your CV/University application letters

2)    Join the British Psychological Society (BPS)

For people to legally be able to call you a psychologist, you must be a member of the BPS. But forcing your mates to refer to you as a doctor is not their only benefit. A basic BPS membership gives you access to an incredible amount of current resources, they send out a popular monthly magazine, offer awesome discounts on books and other publications, give you access to new academic journals and send out job vacancies/careers advice.

 

 

3)    Read journal articles / listen to podcasts

Reading newly published journal articles will keep you up-to-date on things happening in the vast and bountiful land of psychology.  Find out what interests you and what doesn’t from the comfort of your own room. Do a quick search on google scholar on any psychological topic you’re interested in and see what pops up.

If reading isn’t your thing, why not listen to a podcast? Research Digest have one up now on Dating & Attraction, psychological research could help you attract Harry Styles people! Don’t stop there, explore the history of psychology. Go to your local library and pick up a book. There are some wacky studies out there, why not check out some on Human-Dog Psychology. No really, DOG PSYCHOLOGY!

 

I hope this article is a helpful guide on your road to your career. Feel free to ask questions, just send all enquiries to: info@vinspired.com

 

Related volunteer opportunities:

Sports Psychologist:

https://vinspired.com/events/207303-sports-psychologist-volunteering-at-a-sheffield-based-women-s-football-club

Face Research Experiments:

https://vinspired.com/events/124438-face-research-experiments

Research Psychologist:

https://vinspired.com/events/123709-help-psychology-researchers

Helpful links:

http://www.leeds.ac.uk/chpccp/Clin11Hertfordshire.html

http://careers.bps.org.uk/area/clinical/how-do-i-become-one

http://www.leeds.ac.uk/chpccp/Clin11Hertfordshire.html

http://www.leeds.ac.uk/chpccp/BasicEntryExperience.html

http://www.hcpc-uk.org/apply/uk/forms/

http://www.bps.org.uk/what-we-do/membership/graduate-member-mbpss/graduate-member-mbpss