I am a recent Msc graduate in Forensic Psychology with aspirations to become a Forensic Psychologist in the future, I have volunteered at a mental health charity as a Peer Mentor and I am currently volunteering as an assistant psychologist within a childrens home with teenage boys with problematic sexual behaviours. I am currently pursuing a career which can provide me with relevant experience and be my 'first step' on the career ladder.
I have just received an offer for the role of a Support Worker with Priory group working with individuals with autism. If it adds anything to it, the home is roughly a 30 - 40 minute drive away.
However, I am a bit hesitant in accepting this role, primarily as the manager told me that she was concerned on how long I would reside in this role (as she knew my long-term goal was to become a psychologist) and she specifically asked me how long I was willing to stay. Stupidly, I answered 'a long-time', but really the answer is 'I don't know' - which looking back is the answer I should have given (I think in the interviewing environment and with my nerves I blurted out the first thing I thought instead of actually thinking about what to reply). I would not actively seek jobs but job opportunities can pop up out of nowhere. Also, as I have never been in a support worker role, what if I don't like it? (The role itself I believe I will love - the hours and X long shifts - perhaps may take their toll). The pay (as many of you will know) is not great and is a £4,000 annual drop from my previous job (office-based, nothing psychological), but I was hoping the experience and the fact this role is more relevant to my own interests would compensate. When I attended my interview I was impressed with the building (it was brand new and kitted out with all new equipment and furniture) and the staff were also new (only opened in September) and they gave me a good impression in that they wanted what was best for the service users.
I am just concerned that if an amazing job opportunity presented itself whilst I was in this role, I'd feel guilty and I am sure the manager would not be too pleased (but I'd hope she would be understanding). I totally understand why a high staff turnover is not great for this role as the service users will take a long time to adjust to each member of staff and by the time they have,that particular member of staff could be planning to move on. But, I also see why it is so high (poor pay, shift work, long shifts etc).
I have also another interview coming up (after passing the group interview) for a support worker role with Creative Support within a home a lot more local to myself and with the offer of full and part-time (debating doing part-time and filling my time with volunteering (Childline, Circles Support, Assistant Psychologist role), but with a lower pay (about 80p less an hour, but every little helps!).
My question is:
Would it be acceptable to accept this offer, even though the length of my time there would be difficult to say (despite my mistake of stating I'd be there a long-time)? What would you do in this position?
- If anyone has any experience with Priory (or craegmoor - same group) or Creative Support, if they could share their thoughts that would be great. I am reading mixed opinions online.
If there is any advice you could give me entering a support worker role, that would be appreciated.
I believe this role will provide me with experience which will be valuable in pursing a career in Forensic Psychology later on in life. Do you agree?
Sorry for rambling on - I am in such a pickle. All advice will be appreciated.