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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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Re: Advice about masters and my experience?

Postby ManonFire » Tue Oct 24, 2017 4:28 pm

Workingmama I think you are a rarefied breed :)

A master's qualification will give you more than a tickbox for applying to Clinical Psychology. I learned a lot on my master's, helped me to raise the bar in terms of knowledge and academic skills, which I've drawn on several times throughout my various AP roles.
I received feedback one year however, stating that they felt I would require too much support to complete a doctoral thesis (despite being great on paper, eg. a first in my undergrad and the master's), obviously I hadn't answered a research question satisfactorily - but it goes to show that there is more to it than just having achieved the master's degree, you'll need to show your capability of doing a high-level project when you get to interview stage.

Tapircareerchange, on most NHS jobs you will see a file within the job page, like 'Person Spec'/ 'Job Desc'.
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Re: Advice about masters and my experience?

Postby workingmama » Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:36 am

ManonFire wrote:Workingmama I think you are a rarefied breed :)


Old, rather than rare, but I take your point :lol:
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Re: Advice about masters and my experience?

Postby sushi86 » Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:54 pm

Hi

I was wondering if anyone can give some advice. I have recently graduated in BSc Clinical and Community Psychology from UEL. After travelling to Sri Lanka to gain experience as a mental health worker I soon got a job as a support worker in an organisation called Apax at London. This was a great stepping stone as it involved high level of client interaction and supporting them to go back into community. unfortunately due to my personal circumstances my employment had to end last week because I am under safeguarding protection and therefore the organisation could not risk keeping me on as they have many vulnerable clients. So now I am looking for another similar job and AP jobs although I am aware how competitve it is to get on AP or research post. My degree was a low 2:1 so I was thinking should I continue to apply for Ap or related posts and apply for my masters to start next yr to boost my academic and research area? And if studying masters is a wise choice which subject area should I look into to increase my chance of applying to doctorate training?

I would really appreciate some advise as I am in a position feeling overwhelmed on how I can stay positive with my career goals despite my personal adversity. thank you in advance :)
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Re: Advice about masters and my experience?

Postby lingua_franca » Sun Nov 05, 2017 12:03 pm

Hi sushi, that sounds tough. :( I have no good advice on the specifics of Master's degrees and AP applications, other than the usual bit of advice to do what you enjoy and are therefore most likely to get a good result in, but I do have one thing to suggest - if you're at risk in any way, I think it could be unwise to post your degree title, university name, and the company that employed you. It makes you easier to track down. I also remember seeing posts from you where you signed with your full name, and I think your current username is related your actual name. To my knowledge there is no law preventing adults who are receiving police protection/safeguarding support from working in health and social care, but for your own sake and the sake of potential clients I think it's better to be extra careful about the details you share about yourself online.

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Re: Advice about masters and my experience?

Postby sushi86 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:55 pm

hi

yes your right, Gosh I did not think about the risk of sharing details on line. Thank you for this. Yes previously I could not login so I had to create a new account to post my question. Thank you for your advise :)
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