What's the longest you've been "out of the game"?

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NotReally
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What's the longest you've been "out of the game"?

Post by NotReally » Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:21 pm

Hi all

So I guess this is really a question for those of you who have got quite far in your psych career, but I was wondering what the longest period you've spent away from anything psych related is? Or atleast, any role which you thought was contributing to a future psych career? A bit of context would be good, I.e. what stage of your career (and any significant life events etc) was this?

I think if we don't count the initial post-grad period, that would give us a more accurate picture, as getting that initial "foot on the ladder" can be quite a problem for a lot of people.

For me, I have always been in a role I felt was contributing to my professional development until about a year ago. I have had a lot of interviews, for AP and non-psych related roles, and have not been offered a role yet. I feel like the longer this period goes on, the more difficult it's going to be, but a career change is not easy, and also not something I want to do as I still harbour hopes of progressing in psychology (I have previously worked as an AP, but had to leave that role as it just wasn't practical to continue with the commute/relocation and other issues I was dealing with at the time).

So yeah, what's your longest time away from it all? Is it really gonna happen for me now? I'm not feeling very optimistic tbh :cry:

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Northernlad
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Re: What's the longest you've been "out of the game"?

Post by Northernlad » Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:29 pm

Although you state that you aren't currently occupying a role which is contributing to your professional development, nobody can take that AP experience away from you and surely that will go some way in moving you toward you goals. I am wondering what you currently do, and how far removed from psychology you feel your role is?

I'm not sure how helpful this is but I have been working in mental health/psychology related roles pretty much continuously since university - yet this includes a summer I took to go travelling and voluntary roles too. I might add that I gained a place on training this year but it has taken me 8 years since finishing my undergraduate degree.

Keep going, you got this :)

NL

NotReally
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Re: What's the longest you've been "out of the game"?

Post by NotReally » Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:01 pm

Hi NL

Congrats on training!

I'm in customer service atm. The reason I don't feel it's helping is I also did a CS role after graduating for a little while, so a lot of the communication skills etc that I could develop, I did during that period. My last role was temp, and when that finished I thought I'd find anything else to keep me going whilst I searched for something relevant in the meantime. Fast forward a year and I'm still searching.

Like you (I'm assuming), I'm also a northern lad and the opportunities up here are scarce. It's made easier by the fact I'm more than able and willing to travel, but I've been to more than a few AP interviews recently, and am usually told there was someone with more experience than me, even with that AP experience, so that's a little disheartening.

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