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Advice about masters and my experience?

Postby em1994 » Sat Aug 05, 2017 1:22 pm

Hi all,

I'm sure a lot of people have asked similar things on here but I haven't really been able to find anything that completely answers my question so I was hoping for some advice...
I am keen to know whether it is worth my while doing a masters degree to try to strengthen my application for the clinical doctorate.
My situation:
BSc psychology with first class honours from Aston University (graduated in 2016)
Worked as a Healthcare Support Worker on the nursing bank during my degree in a variety of settings across adult mental health including acute wards, PICU and rehabilitation wards.
Volunteered as an AP in a forensic setting 3 days a week for 7 months.
Worked as a Clinical Audit Assistant for the NHS 2 days a week for 8 months planning, conducting and analysing data collection and working on a CQUIN project to reduce length of stay in inpatient mental health wards (and I gained a external certificate in planning and conducting a clinical audit).
Currently working as an AP in and IAPT service (since April this year).

I am aware that I am not long out of my undergraduate degree and I'm sure I have no where near enough experience yet, but I'm really keen to know whether getting a masters will add much benefit to my application when I do apply.
If anyone has any thoughts or advice on the above I would be really grateful.

Thanks everyone :)
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Re: Advice about masters and my experience?

Postby Geishawife » Sat Aug 05, 2017 1:40 pm

Short answer, no! With a first, a Masters is really not necessary. As you yourself point out, you are very new to the world of work (as far as CP experience goes!) and I think you would be far better off concentrating on getting more clinical experience rather than doing a masters. Make the most of your AP job and focus on developing your abilities in that role. You have already demonstrated your strong academic abilities and I don't think a Master's is necessary. Good luck.
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Re: Advice about masters and my experience?

Postby maven » Sun Aug 06, 2017 12:41 am

Geishawife wrote:Short answer, no! With a first, a Masters is really not necessary. As you yourself point out, you are very new to the world of work (as far as CP experience goes!) and I think you would be far better off concentrating on getting more clinical experience rather than doing a masters. Make the most of your AP job and focus on developing your abilities in that role. You have already demonstrated your strong academic abilities and I don't think a Master's is necessary. Good luck.

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Re: Advice about masters and my experience?

Postby tapircareerchange » Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:13 am

Hi

I'm sorry I am not in a knowledgable position so can't offer advice. Your experience looks really impressive! Congratulations and good luck.

I am interested that you were able to get many these jobs before you got a degree. Does that mean someone not even currently studying a psychology BSc could get that sort of experience? When I look at adverts for this sort of job, they seem to require qualifications I don't have. (I am a career change 39 year old with various degrees but not in psychology!)

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Re: Advice about masters and my experience?

Postby workingmama » Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:30 am

tapircareerchange wrote:Hi

I'm sorry I am not in a knowledgable position so can't offer advice. Your experience looks really impressive! Congratulations and good luck.

I am interested that you were able to get many these jobs before you got a degree. Does that mean someone not even currently studying a psychology BSc could get that sort of experience? When I look at adverts for this sort of job, they seem to require qualifications I don't have. (I am a career change 39 year old with various degrees but not in psychology!)

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Not wanting to go too off topic, but in response to the above, I got all of my experience prior to the BSc, and got on to the doctorate immediately off the degree (got my degree results Jan 2012, interview Feb 2012, on same year), so it's certainly doable.
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Re: Advice about masters and my experience?

Postby tapircareerchange » Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:32 am

Thanks workingmama! I will take another look at the NHS adverts; I think I must be either looking at the wrong grades or misreading the adverts.

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