Is self-employment off-putting to shortlisters?

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ManonFire
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Is self-employment off-putting to shortlisters?

Post by ManonFire » Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:16 pm

As the title states, would it be potentially off-putting to a shortlister for clinical psychology should someone state that their current employment is in a private capacity. Let's say they are accredited and insured in a psychology-related therapy. What would be some advantages or disadvantages?

Disadvantages might be that this type of work might not be the best form of preparation for the clinical psych course - could this be potentially offset by receiving private clinical psychologist supervision?

Any thoughts?

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Re: Is self-employment off-putting to shortlisters?

Post by BlueCat » Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:27 pm

I don't think the fact of being would be offputting. Yes, supervision from a clinical psychologist would help. However, if that is your only experience, I think the thing that would be missing is a working understanding of the NHS context.
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Re: Is self-employment off-putting to shortlisters?

Post by maven » Sat Oct 28, 2017 12:47 am

It is very important not to exceed the level of your competence, or to appear to (or to appear wedded to an unrelated, controversial or non-evidence based model of work). But the form of employment (self-employed vs contractor vs employee) probably won't make a difference.
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Re: Is self-employment off-putting to shortlisters?

Post by ManonFire » Tue Oct 31, 2017 11:57 pm

Thank you BlueCat and Maven for your replies. I guess having experience as close as possible to the job of NHS clinical psychologist is the key here. Maybe with supervision there can be an extra layer of protection. Something to be carefully considered regardless.

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