The “truth” about doing a psychology degree

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The “truth” about doing a psychology degree

Post by Spatch » Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:12 am

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SGsPNOziGoI

Just saw this and would like to nominate for the “most confused and inaccurate depiction of the profession award 2017”. If I had enough time I would categorise the misconceptions, but I do have some plans for the weekend. I do love the idea that it costs 40k to “do the PhD” and then you become an assistant, so you have to be rich.

If this is genuinely what some graduates think, it’s a stunning indictment on the university and BPS.
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Re: The “truth” about doing a psychology degree

Post by lingua_franca » Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:19 pm

I presented at a conference a couple of years ago and during lunch I got chatting to a psychology lecturer who asked me what my plans were post-PhD. I told him that I was thinking of applying for the DClinPsy, or another health practitioner training. He wrinkled his nose and said, "But that's another PhD. You won't get funding for two in a row, and how would it benefit you?" I was surprised that he could be teaching psychology at BSc level, at a uni with a good-sized cohort of psychology students (albeit no doctoral programme), and still have such a mistaken idea of the career path. Then I met a fellow CAMHS HCA who had done BSc Psychology and who had dropped her idea of becoming a clinical psychologist "because there are only thirteen funded places on the psychology PhD and you have to be an assistant psychologist first." I directed her to this website and to Clearing House for a clearer take on things, but she remained adamant that this was what lecturers had told her and this was correct. There's certainly a lot of misinformation out there.
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Re: The “truth” about doing a psychology degree

Post by maven » Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:15 am

I found her too irritating to watch beyond about 30 seconds, I'm afraid. But no great surprise that people are telling "facts" on social media without any knowledge of the topic, that seems to be par for the course.
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Re: The “truth” about doing a psychology degree

Post by BlueCat » Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:53 am

maven wrote:I found her too irritating to watch beyond about 30 seconds, I'm afraid. But no great surprise that people are telling "facts" on social media without any knowledge of the topic, that seems to be par for the course.
I managed about two minutes, during which time she'd repeatedly made herself look really ill informed and passive "No-one told me that I'd need to do more training after my degree to be a psychologist". I'm sorry, but what? You, or your parents have paid u to 27,000 for a qualification, and you didn't bother to research what the options were afterwards?!?
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Re: The “truth” about doing a psychology degree

Post by Marlowe » Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:13 am

Misinformation isn't ideal, but insofar as it has to exist, it's useful in weeding out would-be applicants who can't or won't persist beyond the first obstacle... Anyone who really wants to and can do it wouldn't quit because of the word of one professor or a homemade youtube video.

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Re: The “truth” about doing a psychology degree

Post by carmelo » Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:56 pm

funny, but I would say I agree (from experience) with most of what the girl say:

1) most high school students have NO idea what is studied at BSc level (especially the stats, I too had no idea how much stats is involved)

2) it takes extremely long time to qualify - as long as a surgeon

3) it is extremely expensive - I simply HAD to work 1-2 part time jobs while graduating

4) there is a bit of a myth you will be well paid after your 10 years of uni - this is absolutely not true

5) you just have to love it - otherwise you can make way more money at 22-23-24 years old than you would be making at 40

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Re: The “truth” about doing a psychology degree

Post by ell » Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:35 pm

Yes, it would be easier in a way if she was only saying incorrect information, but she is right on a number of points. I do also think it's quite a lot to expect 18 year old to have a complete idea of what they want from a degree and what the career options are. Or perhaps it was just me that started uni with very little understanding of careers stuff? (I also started uni doing a mixed degree with a focus on maths, so I hadn't looked into the psychology career options anyway)

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