Career change - from clinical psychology to something else?

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Career change - from clinical psychology to something else?

Post by Rose12345 » Fri Jul 26, 2019 12:57 pm

Hi,

I'm due to qualify as a CP in September, and am considering job options at the moment. I'm sure that a full time job in the NHS is not for me, so I'm exploring the research/teaching route. Aside from this, does anyone have any ideas at all about other jobs outside of psychology (e.g. management) that might suit the skill set of a CP? I've found little to no information about this on the internet, as everyone seems to stick to the field once qualified! I will be living in London as of October.

Any ideas or info about relevant resources would be appreciated.

Thanks

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Re: Career change - from clinical psychology to something else?

Post by mungle » Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:24 am

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Re: Career change - from clinical psychology to something else?

Post by han10 » Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:02 am

On a recent CPD training course I did we had many different fields representing which was interesting. People in private practice, working for relate, occupational psychologists, a private practitioner who worked with businesses to consider their management styles - lots of different fields that I was surprised to learn about!

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Re: Career change - from clinical psychology to something else?

Post by miriam » Tue Jul 30, 2019 7:52 pm

Rose12345 wrote:
Fri Jul 26, 2019 12:57 pm
Hi,

I'm due to qualify as a CP in September, and am considering job options at the moment. I'm sure that a full time job in the NHS is not for me, so I'm exploring the research/teaching route. Aside from this, does anyone have any ideas at all about other jobs outside of psychology (e.g. management) that might suit the skill set of a CP? I've found little to no information about this on the internet, as everyone seems to stick to the field once qualified! I will be living in London as of October.

Any ideas or info about relevant resources would be appreciated.

Thanks
It is a shame to feel like that before you even qualify, so I'm curious why that is, when there is such enormous scope within the CP role to work in so many different types of services and with so many different client groups. CPs work in health settings, education, social care, hospitals, research organisations, specialist and community based services, as well as with individual self, employer or insurance funded clients. Organisations that employ CPs can be a private provider, the NHS, clinician-led enterprises, social purpose businesses, universities, research organisations, charities, community projects, campaign/policy organisations or self-employment. The role can involve primarily undertaking assessments (eg as an expert witness), doing consultancy, training, policy work, therapy, service development, management, or supporting staff. And all of these options can focus on any of a huge range of client groups and services.

So if you want our advice about other career options I think you need to explain why the idea of CP is not appealing to you, what you enjoy, and what you consider your skills to be, so that we can narrow the options somewhat.
Miriam

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