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by astra
Tue Apr 18, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Careers advice
Topic: Career Changer - and an old one at that!
Replies: 6
Views: 4511

Re: Career Changer - and an old one at that!

Older trainees do exist! I was late 30s when I started and was the oldest in my cohort, but there were a couple of people mid-40s in the 2 years above me. It makes for a varied cohort. there's one psychologist locally who trained a few years after me when she was in her late 40s early 50s and is wor...
by astra
Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:04 pm
Forum: Professional/Employment Issues
Topic: Feel like a failure/new employment issues
Replies: 2
Views: 3217

Re: Feel like a failure/new employment issues

It's not uncommon to have periods where you just can't get relevant work experience. It's always been the way, that graduate psychologists struggle to get those "foot on the ladder" type jobs. When I was in that position many years ago, I was advised to do voluntary work and fund it by temp work in ...
by astra
Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Careers advice
Topic: Question for qualified CPs
Replies: 10
Views: 5247

Re: Question for qualified CPs

When you have a pile of books nearby that you would like to read, the knowledge within them seeps into you anyway via osmosis, doesn't it??
by astra
Fri Mar 17, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Training, events, groups, meetings, resources, reviews
Topic: Free Clin Psy Talk - Leeds - Mon 20th March
Replies: 1
Views: 1911

Re: Free Clin Psy Talk - Leeds - Mon 20th March

ooh too short notice or I might have come along!
by astra
Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:57 am
Forum: Clinical Doctorate Application Process
Topic: AP for a year or more?
Replies: 7
Views: 3856

Re: AP for a year or more?

Definitely, if you've got a good job hang on to it! There's no need to move around and get different experiences. I've seen people get on the course on the back of just one support work role. The key is to really get as much as you can out of the role, learn, think about how you are applying your un...
by astra
Thu Feb 23, 2017 4:05 pm
Forum: Clinical Doctorate Application Process
Topic: Deciding to withdraw from the process
Replies: 38
Views: 17581

Re: Deciding to withdraw from the process

Thinking back to when I was applying I remember feeling quite upset by other people's decisions to "give up on clinical". I think for me it was because I couldn't imagine giving up on it at that point and didn't want to contemplate it myself, so didn't want to hear about others who had. Of course lo...
by astra
Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous: Off-topic
Topic: Talking about complex ideas in simple words
Replies: 21
Views: 10846

Re: Talking about complex ideas in simple words

My daughter actually has really tricky speech and language problems as well as having had some medical issues, so talking in simple language about complex things has become quite natural to me. Mind you I have shied away from trying to explain the current political climate to her - how do you explai...
by astra
Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous: Off-topic
Topic: Talking about complex ideas in simple words
Replies: 21
Views: 10846

Re: Talking about complex ideas in simple words

I work with people who have problems in life. Sometimes they feel very sad, or very scared and sometimes that makes them do things they would not usually want to do, like hurt themselves, or say things that hurt someone else. Some of the people I work with had very bad things happen when they were y...
by astra
Sat Feb 04, 2017 1:20 pm
Forum: Clinical Doctorate Application Process
Topic: Heard anything from Trent/Sheffield/Leeds?
Replies: 6
Views: 3899

Re: Heard anything from Trent/Sheffield/Leeds?

Sheffield and Leeds tend to interview quite late in the process and I know Leeds are usually still shortlisting at this point. You'll definitely know in time for your interview, if you have one or not.
by astra
Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Careers advice
Topic: Working in Sweden
Replies: 4
Views: 3811

Re: Working in Sweden

I doubt if many of us would have much more to add here, it seems a very "niche" question to me. Most people on here are either pursuing a career in CP in the UK or are working as a CP in the UK. I guess we do get some enquiries about working abroad, or people from abroad coming here to work, so some...
by astra
Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Applications
Topic: Assistant Psychologist - CV?
Replies: 1
Views: 4070

Re: Assistant Psychologist - CV?

I think if I was preparing a CV for a specific role I would put a chunky paragraph in explaining my suitability for this role in particular, and sub-head it "Key Strengths" or something like that. This para would contain statements such as "Having worked with ??? groups of people, I have developed a...
by astra
Fri Jan 27, 2017 5:49 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous: Related to Psychology
Topic: The Cathartic thread - rant here!
Replies: 922
Views: 289257

Re: The Cathartic thread - rant here!

Ordered myself a very expensive new wheelchair a few months ago, using my entire wheelchair services grant and Access to Work grant and money of my own. It came 2 days before Christmas, but they'd got the measurements completely wrong. Sent it back after New Year when they opened again after the bre...
by astra
Fri Jan 27, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Clinical Issues
Topic: Trauma Group
Replies: 7
Views: 5131

Re: Trauma Group

Nobody has mentioned fainting goats on the forum for a long time - I think they'd be a hilarious example of the freeze response
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=we9_CdNPuJg
by astra
Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: Clinical Doctorate Application Process
Topic: Queen's- understanding of psychological knowledge and skills
Replies: 2
Views: 2485

Re: Queen's- understanding of psychological knowledge and sk

I guess what they're after is some indication that you know how the psychology you learnt at undergrad relates to clinical work. An example of this might be thinking about a theory from developmental psychology and thinking about how that relates to clinical work with children. I'm being deliberatel...
by astra
Thu Jan 19, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous: Off-topic
Topic: 5 things I'm thinking today. . .
Replies: 9279
Views: 1639909

Re: 5 things I'm thinking today. . .

1. Thanks Lingua - we muddle on with the child and the difficulties. She got an F in Core Science last year and might scrape something in Science this year. Maths teacher was really sweet actually and sounded distraught that she has a class full of kids with difficulties that would nearly all have g...