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by astra
Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous: Off-topic
Topic: 5 things I'm thinking today. . .
Replies: 9279
Views: 1639909

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

1. OK so I'm now on my 3rd DNA of the week. I'm starting to take it personally now. 2. Might as well go home and prepare for parent's evening at school. 3. Cross with Michael Gove for changing GCSE's in such a way that my daughter who has complex speech and language difficulties, dyslexia and dyscal...
by astra
Thu Jan 12, 2017 3:56 pm
Forum: Professional/Employment Issues
Topic: Changing your mind after accepting a post - burning bridges?
Replies: 5
Views: 4474

Re: Changing your mind after accepting a post - burning brid

I think any reasonable person would understand that a permanent post with full time hours would be better than a part time fixed term post and although annoying for them, I'm sure they would understand and accept your decision to pull out. This sort of thing happens a lot, people's circumstances cha...
by astra
Tue Jan 10, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Psychology degrees, conversions and postgrad qualifications
Topic: Mixed bag of academia - Expert knowledge appreciated
Replies: 5
Views: 2591

Re: Mixed bag of academia - Expert knowledge appreciated

Possibly just as competitive. You need to make sure you have GBC first, then just apply for anything relevant and work your way up.
by astra
Tue Jan 10, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous: Off-topic
Topic: 5 things I'm thinking today. . .
Replies: 9279
Views: 1639909

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

1. Hmm Anyone seen my 2 o'clock? I've come in specially as I couldn't fit him in any other day and he's not turned up :evil: 2. I have a big birthday in a few weeks and have booked a long weekend in Budapest with husband and child - it's likely to be very cold and quite snowy, but we are staying in ...
by astra
Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Psychology degrees, conversions and postgrad qualifications
Topic: Mixed bag of academia - Expert knowledge appreciated
Replies: 5
Views: 2591

Re: Mixed bag of academia - Expert knowledge appreciated

You really need to ask the BPS about GBC, I'm pretty sure they have a process for this www.bps.org.uk Regarding experience, you don't have a lot of experience working psychologically with people, most of what you have is "first step on the ladder" experience from which you might get into an AP post ...
by astra
Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Applications
Topic: Any advice on what NOT to write, any turn off phrasing?
Replies: 17
Views: 9966

Re: Any advice on what NOT to write, any turn off phrasing?

Have a really good look at the person spec and job description and think how best to convey everything they are asking for in the amount of space available. There is no one right way.
by astra
Fri Jan 06, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Applications
Topic: Any advice on what NOT to write, any turn off phrasing?
Replies: 17
Views: 9966

Re: Any advice on what NOT to write, any turn off phrasing?

Oh and be careful of acronyms! I know it's tempting to use them and some are pretty unambiguous in our field - e.g. NHS, CBT. But many are either very specific to a specific field, or could be mistaken (BPD - Borderline Personality Disorder or Bipolar Disorder? I've seen it used for both and could b...
by astra
Fri Jan 06, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Applications
Topic: Any advice on what NOT to write, any turn off phrasing?
Replies: 17
Views: 9966

Re: Any advice on what NOT to write, any turn off phrasing?

I am turned off by applications where the person lists what they did, but then doesn't reflect on that to show some learning. So "I've carried out psychometric assessments under supervision; interviewed clients for a research project; audited patient records" vs "I used supervision to improve my und...
by astra
Thu Dec 22, 2016 1:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous: Off-topic
Topic: 5 things I'm thinking today. . .
Replies: 9279
Views: 1639909

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

1. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Everyone. Even if you don't "do" Christmas, it's still a time when pretty much the entire country stops and that gives you an opportunity to spend some time with friends or family and do nice stuff. 2. Enjoying the freedom to just close for Christmas without ...
by astra
Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:50 pm
Forum: Professional/Employment Issues
Topic: How long did you stay in first qualified post?
Replies: 7
Views: 5863

Re: How long did you stay in first qualified post?

It will soon pass Peach and I hope the dream job will turn out to be everything you are hoping it will be.
by astra
Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:49 pm
Forum: Clinical Doctorate Courses
Topic: Does a Mental Health MSc help with clinical training?
Replies: 5
Views: 4134

Re: Does a Mental Health MSc help with clinical training?

Don't worry about the age thing. I started my undergrad at 27, finished clinical training at 40 and have the next "big birthday" coming up soon, it all turned out despite the agonising I did about "getting there, at my age" and all that. In between all that I had a family and did lots of nice things...
by astra
Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:29 pm
Forum: Clinical Doctorate Courses
Topic: Does a Mental Health MSc help with clinical training?
Replies: 5
Views: 4134

Re: Does a Mental Health MSc help with clinical training?

I didn't have an MSc when I trained, but we were a very varied cohort with different qualifications and experience, some had PhDs some had no post grad study, some had research experience, some had clinical. It just really varies. Your MSc will help as you will have some post grad academic experienc...
by astra
Mon Dec 19, 2016 12:08 pm
Forum: This website and forum, plus Aspire
Topic: Why I'm not around much or responding to PMs
Replies: 11
Views: 3932

Re: Why I'm not around much or responding to PMs

take care and get well soon. Merry Christmas!
by astra
Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:01 am
Forum: Miscellaneous: Off-topic
Topic: 5 things I'm thinking today. . .
Replies: 9279
Views: 1639909

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

Lingua you need to read the signature at the bottom of your post, quite a lot. It's very wise and applies to your viva thoughts :wink:
by astra
Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:59 am
Forum: Careers advice
Topic: Does university reputation matter?
Replies: 8
Views: 4828

Re: Does university reputation matter?

I think the more important thing is how the university's ethos and orientation fit with you as a person. I went to a former "poly" which had excellent teaching and really enjoyed it. This was well before the days of paying fees for uni, but I don't think my undergrad course was bad value for money, ...