What's your other career plan?

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Post by zzz8 » Sun May 03, 2015 11:12 am

If I were a little braver I would like to be a comedian. :roll:

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Post by SummerPrincess » Sun Jun 21, 2015 10:27 pm

This is the perfect thread for me as I am somewhat indecisive by nature, (certainly it is character flaw I am progressively working to eliminate), and so have considered a range of "other" career options outside of clinical psychology.

In no particular order:

Working at an NGO concerned with women's issues and rights

An educational psychologist

A geneticist - the dream prospective employer would be the CDC

Working within the public health sector (the actual position is unclear right now!) - again the CDC would be the dream employer. I'd love to work within a research and/or training role focused on HIV/AIDS. I'm fascinated by it.

I'm simultaneously working towards both educational and clinical psychology at the moment. However, if I could redo my education path again, I would have studied human biology at undergraduate, and went on to do a genetics masters.

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Re: What's your other career plan?

Post by MindfulPsych » Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:24 am

Medical doctor specialising in neurology, Emergency Medicine or oncology (Sadly, i'm rubbish at chemistry and maths.. and so was not allowed to study medicine at uni..)

Dietitian specialising in critical care or Cystic Fibrosis

Clinically relevant researcher (Mainly interventions, mental health, neurology or oncology)


I see a pattern forming here.. :D :wink:

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Re: What's your other career plan?

Post by sweetpea » Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:30 am

1) Mental health research (down the PhD route)
2) Run a little cake shop with homemade yums, potentially combined with some kind of craft/knitting group? :)

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Post by Beggarsroost » Wed Jun 24, 2015 1:53 pm

After 2 unsuccessful attempts at Clin Psy I think I'm going to try again next round (after trying my best to improve my application form in all areas and work on my interview skills) before taking a serious look at other options. I think realistically my plan B would either be:

Forensic Psych
Health Psych
OT

Or......

I would secretly love to be a vet! So if it all goes belly up I may well decide to throw it all in and re-train as a veterinarian or a veterinary nurse :D
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Post by Esuma » Wed Jun 24, 2015 3:31 pm

Beggarsroost wrote:
Or......

I would secretly love to be a vet! So if it all goes belly up I may well decide to throw it all in and re-train as a veterinarian or a veterinary nurse :D
I can relate to that! Though I don't think I could be a vet, I'm not good with blood or gore! I would LOVE to work with animals though, maybe as a Animal Psychologist :D If I knew more about it and saw it as a practical career I'd be there!!

I also recently considered getting myself a Bubble Tea stand :D

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Post by Geishawife » Wed Jun 24, 2015 4:50 pm

Beggarsroost wrote:I would secretly love to be a vet! So if it all goes belly up I may well decide to throw it all in and re-train as a veterinarian or a veterinary nurse
I can totally relate to this as well! I could cope with the blood and guts etc, but I suspect my days as a vet would be numbered because I would want to punch people who weren't looking after their animals properly....

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Post by SummerPrincess » Fri Jul 17, 2015 8:16 pm

I would also love to be a vet as I really love animals. Honestly a part of me has some regret over not pursuing more sciences during my education. Should I want to become a vet now it would take me the sane amount of time it would to complete undergraduate medicine.

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Post by persephone56 » Tue May 03, 2016 10:22 pm

Bumping this again as it's that time of year for self-doubt :lol:. I'd love to know if anyone has actually pursued a different career path after giving up on CP?

For me, I'm on the reserve list for UEA this year. If I don't make it, I think I'll try once more next year, but then I might call it quits. It's my second year applying, after 2013 ended with 4 reds. I love CP, but it's not worth the stress and distress of years of applications and rejections.

I'm increasingly ruminating on opening a wedding dress shop. I got married last year, and I was quite disappointed by the wedding dress shops I went to. I have a really clear idea in my head of how I'd make mine special. My psychology background would be key in dealing with bridezillas! I might pursue a PhD part time in an area related to weddings and behaviour (if I could find a supervisor!) and eventually position myself as a consultant to high-end wedding-related suppliers.

I know a lot of posts on this thread are more "fantasy" ideas, but I'm getting more and more attached to my idea :oops:. It's only Tuesday, and I have already had such a tough week in work with two lengthy assessments with children with extremely complex behavioural issues. I'm just tired of it now. I also stumbled into the current trainees part of the forum, where a lot of the posts are quite negative (obviously I know they just represent low moments in time). But I try to imagine myself as a trainee, and I try to imagine myself surrounded by gorgeous wedding dresses, and I know which one makes me feel more happy and excited!

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Post by lingua_franca » Fri May 06, 2016 1:11 am

That sounds like a very niche area to go into, but if you're passionate and excited about it, why not?! :D
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Post by lingua_franca » Fri May 06, 2016 1:16 am

SummerPrincess wrote: I'm simultaneously working towards both educational and clinical psychology at the moment. However, if I could redo my education path again, I would have studied human biology at undergraduate, and went on to do a genetics masters.
I did my degree in English just because I was very good at it at school, loved reading, and everyone expected me to do it. I also didn't want to pass up my chance of going to Oxbridge. It's not that I regret my choice as such, but sometimes I wish I'd had the courage to explore other options. If I could do things again, I think I would have taken a degree in languages, as that would have been a much better basis for my PhD in peace and conflict studies.
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Re: What's your other career plan?

Post by bex4010 » Fri May 06, 2016 9:29 am

I am newly qualified CP and on particuarly stressful days I do wonder what it would be like to go back to be a check-out girl .... :lol:

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Post by workingmama » Fri May 13, 2016 2:02 pm

bex4010 wrote:I am newly qualified CP and on particuarly stressful days I do wonder what it would be like to go back to be a check-out girl .... :lol:
Significantly lower paid, and rather less appreciated, I'd expect. Personally, I'm never going back to Burger King (sorry boigers, you just weren't that tasty).
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Re: What's your other career plan?

Post by WindWhisperer » Thu Jun 16, 2016 1:45 pm

I'm about to qualify this year and have been lucky enough to secure a post that I'm really excited to start in October.

However I was always told to have a plan B so if it all goes pear-shaped in the future:

1) Butterfly farmer
2) I'd actually love to work for Boots. Not sure if it's the snazzy uniform or just longing for the lessened responsibility of retail days past (I was a WHSmith gal).

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