Leaving clinical psychology behind...?

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Leaving clinical psychology behind...?

Post by daisie » Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:17 pm

What other jobs have people gone into?

I know, obviously, this site is about and for aspiring and qualified CPs, but I don't really know where to start. All of my experience has been clinically oriented and having unsuccessfully applied for training several times I now just want to find a job with a more straightforward path for career progression. I will apply for HI training but otherwise I can't afford to spend any more money on training/education at present. So with the similar qualifications and experience, where do people go to next and where do they find such jobs advertised?:

-BA in Psych and German
-Grad Dip (conversion course) Psychology
-MSc Health Psych
-PWP qualification
-7 years experience as a PWP/AP

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Leaving clinical psychology behind...?

Post by Musical » Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:05 am

Have you considered applying for the stage 2 doctorate course in health psychology? There are doctoral level loans available through the government. There is also the option of mental health social work or mental health nursing. There are lots of options available to you if you want to remain within the mental health sector.

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Re: Leaving clinical psychology behind...?

Post by maven » Mon Feb 26, 2018 6:46 pm

We've had a fair few people switch away from CP over the years. HI in IAPT seems a popular choice, as does counselling psychology, but nursing, social work, teaching, OT, SALT and research careers have also featured a few times. We've also got threads full of more radical plan B's like running a bookshop, or doing up houses!

Personally I like the national careers advice website quizzes for helping to identify what types of work might suit you - so long as you don't go in with a CP-is-my-goal mindset you might discover something else that appeals to you just as much, if not more!

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Re: Leaving clinical psychology behind...?

Post by daisie » Tue Feb 27, 2018 3:08 pm

Thanks maven, the careers website sounds like just what I'm after. I don't especially want to stay in mental health and am very open to more radical options!

A lot of my experience has actually been within physical health-based psychology services so I am potentially interested in public-health based roles but not sure where or how to get into this.

And thank you musical, I hadn't thought about government loans. I'll look into it.

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Re: Leaving clinical psychology behind...?

Post by lingua_franca » Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:16 am

The Government Social Research Service has a salaried fast stream that recruits people annually. You need a 2:i or higher in a social science and good knowledge of research methods. You'd be doing policy-related research, and I expect that would be a good way to get into public health.

You could also have a look at jobs.ac.uk to see if there are any funded PhDs available in related topics. I hesitated to suggest this, as an academic career pathway is precarious in a way that CP is not (at least once you've got on the DClinPsy you're pretty sure of a job at the end, whereas I'm a postdoc with no idea if and when I'll get a permanent post!), but if you're doing research in close relationship with the NHS, the government, or other major bodies you are quite likely to be able to find work outside academia. Plenty of people do embark on PhDs with the intention of working in industry rather than in higher education, but you need to have a strong enough interest in the research project to see you through the three years, of course.
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Re: Leaving clinical psychology behind...?

Post by mungle » Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:36 pm

You could look at training to be a Public Health Consultant https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explor ... specialist

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