What experience did you have when you got on training?

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Re: What experience did you have when you got on training?

Post by benbrand » Mon May 18, 2020 5:39 pm

It's really quite surreal to be posting here.

31 when I start training.

After experiencing two quite demoralizing rejections after interviews last year, I remember reading through all of these responses and feeling quite hopeless. It took some time to recuperate, but if you are doing as I did, just know that a lot can happen in a year and be nice to yourself now.

Here's my journey:

I applied in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019. The first 3 applications were absolute right-offs, I wasn't ready. Honestly awful. 2018 was the first year I was able to secure interviews; though surprising as I didn't have any NHS experience!

2008 - 2012: BSc, 67% - Psychology with a Year in Europe (it was this year that allowed me to get some excellent experience in research!)
2017 - 2018: MSc, 73% - Mental Health and Psychological Therapies.

2012 - 2013: I moved to San Francisco, CA and worked as a research intern for an HIV and Mental health non-profit. This year was fantastic, I loved SF, and made some excellent connections, some of which I have managed to continue to publish work with! But it was here I was able to get my first publication and my first experiences working in community mental health outside of the UK.
2013 - 2016: At a large research university in San Francisco, CA, I found a position as a research worker for a large scale randomised controlled trial that looked at cognitive remediation in first-episode psychosis. My position also involved work on a few other studies focussing on implementing cognitive remediation in some form or another.
2016 - 2018 - Same large institution in San Francisco, CA, I secured a position as a research worker on a trial that looked at gene therapy for Parkinson's Disease. I did a lot of neuropsych assessments as well as general day to day trial management, but I realised that this wasn't for me. I was toying with medical school at the time, and this reaffirmed that the DClinPsy was where I wanted to be.
2017 - 2019 - I went back to a previous research lab and trial 2013 - 2016, but was now placed in more of a senior role. I was apprehensive to do this because naturally, it felt like a step back. However, I was able to get 4 more publications within this time as well as work with my supervisor to get me some good clinical experience. My supervisor was also happy to work with me in completing an MSc full-time and working full-time, so it seemed like a good move. That was quite a year! This was also the year I was offered a fully-funded PhD with two awesome supervisors within a focus I was very interested in; after much deliberation, I didn't take it because I had applied to the DClinPsy with what felt like a meaningful and thought out application. I interviewed in Edinburgh and UEA, but did not perform! That was quite a demoralising and difficult experience.
2019 - After a lot of consideration and quite a dismal performance on interviews, my working visa on the verge of expiration, we decided to move back to the UK. I managed to find work on a large RCT looking at open dialogue in the NHS. This was pivotal- I had some really thoughtful, kind, and compassionate people in my corner that I am so indebted to. This year also gave me something I was really lacking, which was being keyed into the realities of working in the NHS.

At the time of getting on, I had 6.

It took about 8 years and I took quite a funny route, but I'm so pleased I stuck with it and just enjoyed where I was. On reflection, I could have moved back to the UK earlier and perhaps gotten on earlier, but the 7 years living in the US gave me some incredible experiences I likely wouldn't haven't gotten anywhere else.

Good luck. And if you are reading this after some difficult rejections, please be kind to yourself.

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Re: What experience did you have when you got on training?

Post by blaman444 » Tue May 19, 2020 9:34 am

I will be 25 years old when I start clinical training :)

My experience:
October 2015 - August 2016: An almost year long placement at a Forensic Mental Health hospital.
July 2017- October 2017: After graduating I couldn't find work for a few months. I had to claim Jobseeker's Allowance to survive.
October 2017 - October 2018: I worked as a Health Care Assistant supporting adults with LD and Mental Health difficulties.
October 2018 - May 2019: Got offered my first AP post. I actually received 3 seperate AP offers - 12 months of learning and developing made a huge difference. I worked in an adult CMHT.
May 2019 - Present: Started as a Band 5 AP in an Intensive Case Management service.

I also volunteered throughout my degree with a young person with a diagnosis of ADHD and ASD, and adults with early onset dementia.

2013 - 2017: First Class Honours BSc Psychology with Proffessional Placement, Cardiff Uni

No publications.
Degree research project - I got a first in this.
In my first AP post I carried out an evaluation of crisis assessment from the perspective of clients. I have also contributed heavily to other service development work, including quite a bit of experience of co-production.

This was my first year applying!

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Re: What experience did you have when you got on training?

Post by ruby08 » Sat May 23, 2020 2:49 pm

I will be 34 when I start training in September. Started on the route to clinical psychology when I was 27.

Undergraduate degree was BA (Hons) English Literature - 2:1 in 2007
Converted to psychology with MSc Psychology conversion course - 2:1 in 2012

2012 - 2013 - Learning Disability Support Worker - Supported Living in the community

2013 - 2014 - Healthcare Assistant - Neuropsychiatry inpatient ward (4 days) &
Voluntary Assistant Psychologist - Neurorehabilitation Outpatient Service (1 day)

2014 - 2015 - Assistant Psychologist - Neuropsychiatry Outpatient Service

2015 - 2016 - Higher Assistant Psychologist - Neurobehavioural Inpatient Ward

2016 - 2018 - Higher Assistant Psychologist - Specialist CAMHS Autism Service

2018 - 2019 - Research Assistant - Multi-site RCT (3 days) / Higher Assistant Psychologist - CAMHS (2 days)

2019 - 2020 - Research Assistant - different Multi-site RCT (3 days) / Higher Assistant Psychologist - CAMHS (2 days)

No publications at time of application.
2 poster presentations at professional conference.

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Re: What experience did you have when you got on training?

Post by JustWonderingAbout » Sun May 24, 2020 10:25 am

I applied three times.

BSc Psychology (2:1)
Certificate in Counselling Skills

Briefly volunteered for Mindline

Two years as a support worker for mental health housing service
Three years in a CMHT - case holding/support working/psychology interventions under supervision

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Re: What experience did you have when you got on training?

Post by Southgate2020 » Sun May 24, 2020 11:55 am

I will be 36 when I start this year. I decided to pursue Clinical Psychology pretty late, my first degree was in Literature.

2013-2014 Conversion Degree (MSc) Psychology, volunteered for Mind in that time

2015 Support Worker

2016 PGDip Mental Health Studies at Middlesex University (placement in IAPT)

which led to
2017 Care Coordinator at a NHS community team (First Episode Psychosis)

I am still in that post

2017 Certificate in Counselling Skills

2018-2019 did my MSc at KCL (focusing on psychosis) while working in the above post - graduate with distinction

applied first time in 2019 - two interviews - was not prepared at all and did not get an offer

second time 2020 and got an offer (from reserve list...)

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Re: What experience did you have when you got on training?

Post by ruby08 » Tue May 26, 2020 1:09 pm

Southgate2020 wrote:
Sun May 24, 2020 11:55 am
I will be 36 when I start this year. I decided to pursue Clinical Psychology pretty late, my first degree was in Literature.

2013-2014 Conversion Degree (MSc) Psychology, volunteered for Mind in that time

2015 Support Worker

2016 PGDip Mental Health Studies at Middlesex University (placement in IAPT)

which led to
2017 Care Coordinator at a NHS community team (First Episode Psychosis)

I am still in that post

2017 Certificate in Counselling Skills

2018-2019 did my MSc at KCL (focusing on psychosis) while working in the above post - graduate with distinction

applied first time in 2019 - two interviews - was not prepared at all and did not get an offer

second time 2020 and got an offer (from reserve list...)
Congratulations! Sounds like we've had a similar path...literature to psychology!

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Re: What experience did you have when you got on training?

Post by janus » Tue May 26, 2020 11:06 pm

Really surreal but exciting to be posting here! I will be 29 when I start the DClin at Liverpool this year. Began this journey at 24 as I studied Spanish for my undergrad. Still hasn't sunk in that I've got a place!


2007-2009 A Levels, Psychology (A), Spanish (A), Politics (A)
2010-2014 University of Oxford, Spanish, 2.1
2015-2016 Leeds Beckett University, MSc Psychology (Conversion), Distinction (76%)


2009-2010 Gap year admin experience and travelling
2010-2014 During my undergrad I did lots of temping admin work and also did some tutoring in ESOL and Spanish
2014-2015 Leeds City Council graduate training programme
2015-2016 During my MSc I volunteered for an anxiety peer support group and the Prince's Trust mentoring primary school children
2016-2017 Support worker in IAPT
2017 Community link worker for a third sector community-based mental health support service (Richmond Fellowship)
2017-2018 First assistant psychologist job, forensic inpatient service
2018-2019 Second assistant psychologist job, CMHT
2019-present Third assistant psychologist job, infant mental health service

When I applied I had one publication.

Applications to DClin:

Leeds (unsuccessful)
Sheffield (unsuccessful)
Leicester (reserve for interview --> unsuccessful)
Teesside (unsuccessful)

Liverpool (interview --> offered a place!)
Leeds (interview --> unsuccessful)
Leicester (unsuccessful)
Teesside (unsuccessful)

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Re: What experience did you have when you got on training?

Post by xxpoogletxx » Wed May 27, 2020 11:50 am

Over the moon to be posting this here! I'll be 30 when starting the doctorate, not because it's been overly difficult for me to get here, but because I've spent a decent bit of time in each job, really relishing the journey and not just rushing to get to the 'goal'.

2010 - 2014: BSc Psychology - High 2.1 (it took me four years to complete this rather than three due to personal reasons)
: Volunteered as an online counsellor for ChildLine
: Volunteered as an Independent Sexual Violence Advocate for a rape crisis charity

2014 - 2016: Worked as a Healthcare Assistant in an NHS low secure forensic mental health hospital (working with men with intellectual disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders and women with a diagnosis of personality disorder).

2016 - 2017: MSc Neuropsychology - Merit. I completed this masters in Maastricht in the Netherlands. I'd always wanted to experience living in another country, so I lived, studied and worked there for 18 months and absolutely loved it. Also I didn't undertake an MSc just to 'look better' for doctorate applications, I did it because it was an area of psychology I was really interested in and wanted to learn more about.

2018 - 2019: First NHS AP job, working between two different probation hostels with high risk male offenders who had just been released from prison. The job involved working alongside a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist and was very much about helping the probation staff to think in more 'psychologically-informed' ways. I worked within the wider personality disorder service and learnt a lot about formulation, supervision, consultation, training and MDT working. Although I facilitated a few groups in this job there was no opportunity for 1:1 clinical work.
: First doctorate application - interview reserve list for two universities but never got called to interview. I did find the process more emotionally draining than I was expecting but was very much of the mindset that I had more personal and professional development to do and was happy to try again the year after.

2019 - Present: Second NHS AP job, working on a male acute inpatient mental health ward. Lots of opportunities to facilitate group interventions and do 1:1 clinical work. On my ward I work alongside a psychotherapist but there are clinical, counselling and forensic psychologists in our team and a CBT therapist, which I love as it offers many different perspectives. I've learnt A LOT about the difficulties of trying to work psychologically within the 'medical model' but I've loved the challenge.
: Second doctorate application, 3 interviews. I was on the reserve list for a place for one, received an offer (which I'm going to accept) and am still waiting on the outcome of the third.

I think for me, although it's technically taken 6 years from graduating to get here, it hasn't felt like a long, laborious journey. I've been pretty lucky in terms of jobs. I managed to secure my HCA job straight after my undergrad and then managed to bag my first AP job just after finishing my masters. I've only applied for about 5 AP roles (not including the ones I naively applied for straight after my BSc) and from those have received four interviews and three job offers.

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Re: What experience did you have when you got on training?

Post by VSW » Wed May 27, 2020 12:54 pm

Third time applying for me, first year I had two interviews resulting in one reserve offer but no luck securing a place, second year nothing at all. I'll be 29 when I start training.

2009 - 2012 - BSc Psychology 2:1
2012 - 2013 - MSc Foundations in Clinical Psychology and Health Services Merit

2014 - 2015: 18 months as a support worker in a private sector locked rehab supporting working age adult males with various mental health diagnoses.
2015 - 2016: 6 months as a support worker in an NHS crisis home treatment team.
2016 - 2018: 2 years 9 months as an assistant psychologist working back in the same private sector locked rehab I previously worked in as a support worker. This was a really fantastic role with really diverse work involved. I had a brilliant supervisor too who was hugely instrumental in my development in this role.
2018 - Present: Private sector male low secure ward.

No publications and limited experience of research outside of what I did during my BSc and MSc. As an AP though I have had the opportunity to be involved in a few audit and service evaluation projects.

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Re: What experience did you have when you got on training?

Post by Mermind » Wed May 27, 2020 11:47 pm

I am very pleased with my outcomes this year, but also very much in shock, as this felt out of reach at times. I will be 28 when I start training.

2013: graduated from undergraduate psychology and sociology - high 2:1 (68%)
2014: graduated from conversion course, as my undergraduate was not BPS accredited - high 2:1 (68%)
2016: graduated from MRes Clinical Psychology (71%)

2015: Honorary Research Assistant (7 months FTE)
2015 - 2016: Honorary Assistant Psychologist post in Clinical Health Psychology (4 months FTE)
2016 - 2018: Paid AP post in CAMHS (2.5 years across generic CAMHS and a specialist CAMHS service)
2018 - 2020: Paid AP post in NHS Secure and Offender Care (15 months across 2 forensic services)
2020 - present: High Intensity CBT Training (not on DClin application, but helped during interviews)

Other things that might have helped my application include early voluntary experience, a publication and a few conference presentations, and attending brief training in a few therapeutic models.

2017: no interviews
2018: one interview, resulting in reserve for a place
2019: no interviews
2020: three interviews resulting in three offers, with the fourth course remaining reserve for interview.

It is difficult to say how I went from no interviews last year to three offers of places this year, which just highlights the point that has been many times before, that this is such an unpredictable process. I did not have a plan b, as I knew that this is the right path for me (through a lot of self-reflection and discussions with supervisors, trainees etc.), but I did decide to do High Intensity Training this year, which felt like a positive step whilst waiting for the course to happen. This definitely helped me to feel more relaxed during interviews. I was also confident in my abilities, which helped me to feel calmer and to (hopefully) come across authentically.

Whilst mock interviews and getting the application checked over can be useful for some, I decided against this this year. I wanted to be myself as much as possible, so I tried not to over-prepare. I don’t think there is one way to prepare for interviews, but this worked for me. During interviews, I also spoke about what is most important to me and how this relates to the kind of Clinical Psychologist that I hope to be. Over the years, I have spent time thinking about what attracts me to the role of a Clinical Psychologist, what I have learnt/can bring with me to training and how I hope to develop further.

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Re: What experience did you have when you got on training?

Post by farr93 » Wed Jun 10, 2020 5:52 pm

I will be 27 when I start training this year. First time applying for me, but waited till I felt confident and ready.

BSc Neuroscience 2011-14 (60%)
MSc Psychology (conversion) 2016-17 (70%)

2013- 2014 - Student Mentor at my university for students with ASD
2014- 2015 - Recovery Support Worker at Combat Stress (PTSD service for ex-military veterans)
2015-2016 - Research Assistant at Kings College London working in neurorehabilitation.
Travelled for 4 months before starting Msc

2016-2017 - Recovery Support Worker at Forensic Supported Living Unit (Priory Group) part time while completing Msc

Post conversion course experience:

2017 - SLV Volunteering in Sri Lanka for 2 months
2018- 2019 Clinical Support Worker at CAMHS PICU (South London and Maudsley NHS Trust)
2019- 2020 Assistant Psychologist at HMP ISIS Young Offenders Insitute (Oxleas NHS Trust)
2020- Assistant Psychologist Band 5 Community CAMHS (East London NHS Trust) - not on application but helped in interviews

Took me a really long time to land my first AP role! But it was an amazing post which I learnt so much in and after 10 months in the role I applied for DClinPsy.

Only had one interview this year at Salomons which allowed me to focus all my time into learning about the specific courses values so I could tailor my answers to their specific ethos which I feel really helped. Mock interviews terrify me, so didn't do any to help me prepare! However I had useful contacts of individuals who had been on/ graduated from Salomons course who gave me some helpful pointers.

Overall I have enjoyed my journey on to training and the range of experiences I have had and I am glad I didn't rush or apply earlier than I felt ready. I found the application process gruelling so I truly sympathise with those who have applied multiple times.

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Re: What experience did you have when you got on training?

Post by Cathster1 » Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:16 pm

Can’t believe I’m actually posting here after years of reading this thread!

I’ll be 26 when I start training.

2010-2011: AS levels Law, Philosophy, History and English Lit (BCCC)
I really struggled when I first started my a-levels- the subjects I chose were subjects I enjoyed at school, but they seemed to be very different at a-level and I didn’t enjoy them. I came to a bit of a crisis point midway through the year and started to think about what other things I would like to do. I went to a psychology degree taster weekend at Nottingham Uni, and sat in some of my friends a-level psychology classes, and decided to pursue psychology instead. I initially wanted to try and get into a psychology degree course with the a-levels I had but everywhere seemed to want at least one science a-level- which I didn’t have. So this led me to restart my a-levels...

2011-2013 A-levels Psychology (A), Economics (A*), Geography (A), AS level Maths (C).
To be honest re-starting my a-levels and going to a different sixth form was very painful for quite a long time. I always thought it would be a CV ‘weakness’ in the future, but I’ve actually never found this at all. It actually helped me to get the AP role I’m in now, because they were impressed I was able to reflect on it in the interview! So I guess my reflection on that is sometimes it’s not what you have that matters, it’s how you use it.

2013-2017 BSc (Hons) Psychology- 2:1 (65%) I was a bit hung up about my degree mark for a while- I really would have liked a higher 2:1! I was worried it would affect my chances at the dclinpsych but it hasn’t seemed to.

2015-2016- I did an undergraduate placement year at a chronic pain unit. This year was amazing and what was what really made me decide that clinical psychology was the career I wanted.

2017-2018 MSc Mental Health Studies- Distinction. I think this really increased my academic skills (especially in stats...) and also gave me a lot more confidence in my research abilities. In this time I did a placement (0.2FT) working as a Link Worker in a CMHT, as part of a research project trying to integrate diabetes care into mental health care.

Sept 2018- present: I’ve been working as an Assistant Psychologist (0.8FT) in a memory clinic/CMHTOA. The really great thing about this role is how varied it’s been- I’ve done neuropsych assessments, a variety of groups, some service development projects as well as some pieces of therapy work. I also have the most amazing supervisor, who I will be sad to leave behind in September!

Oct 2018- Feb 2019: I worked as a Research Assistant (0.2FT) on the project I worked on during my masters, mostly helping to write up papers. I learnt a lot about the publication process, which has been really useful. I’ve also had a publication from this as well!

March 2019- present: I work as a Older Adult Research Facilitator (0.2FT) in the trust where I work as a AP. This has been really good in increasing my understanding of research delivery in the NHS, and recognising some of the challenges behind this.

I’ve also worked in other varied roles... I worked as a care assistant in a dementia care home for 3 years on and off while studying, and did bits of other support work and volunteering. I have three publications, although none are first author.

During my current AP role I got diagnosed with dyslexia, which came as a massive shock- I had never ever suspected it. Although it was really painful, it has allowed me to make sense of some of my earlier experiences with restarting my a-levels, as well as finding essays hard at uni. I think it’s also given me an insight into how clients might experience the diagnosis process, which has been useful to think about while working in an older adult service.

This year was my first application. I only got one interview, which turned into a reserve space... which turned into a place!! Still feels very surreal.

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Re: What experience did you have when you got on training?

Post by lozzyhickers » Sat Jun 13, 2020 10:11 am

I can't believe I'm finally posting here after so long!

I will be 27 years old when I start clinical training and 28 the following day :lol:. Hoping my experience can provide some hope to those who have made multiple applications. At the time of applying I had...

My experience:
- 10 months FTE RA in the university sleep lab when I was an undergrad
- 3 months FTE as an honorary RA on a clinical trial at the IOPPN whilst I was doing my MSc
- 25 months FTE Research Worker on above clinical trial. Most of I was the only RW on the trial, so I learnt a lot about managing research. I supervised and taught on a couple of MSc programmes and volunteered to analyse some datasets (which is how I got some of my publications).
- 2 months FTE honorary AP whilst in the above post. Working for SLAM in an EIS. This is where I got my first taster of 1:1 work and introduction to cognitive testing.
- 12 months FTE RA at Queen Mary University, working on various trials writhing East London NHS Foundation Trust.
- 3 months FTE (ongoing) honorary AP on an acute mental health ward, facilitating CBT based groups. Despite not being long, this has been a huge learning curve for me.
- 16 months FTE Clinical Studies Officer, which again has been really interesting and a big learning curve, as the work is very independent so I've had lots of problem solving and thinking on my feet to do!

2011-2014: BSc Psychology, University of Lincoln, 2.1
2014-2015: Msc Psychiatric Research, Kings College London, Distinction (this was a very clinical research heavy course)

Publications- 6 (four as first author)
Poster presentation at international conference

My application journey:
2014, 2015: Rejections
2016: One interview, and one reserve for interview- unsuccessful
2017: One interview- unsuccessful
2018: Two interviews (one from reserve), reserve for a place- both unsuccessful.
2019: Two interviews and one reserve for interview- turning into two reserves for places, and finally an offer!

So many people were expecting (and sometimes I think hoping) for me to move on and do something else. But in my heart I knew it's what I wanted to do. So I didn't set a limit. As long as it felt right, I would keep going, and it finally paid off.

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Re: What experience did you have when you got on training?

Post by Clare123 » Sun Jun 14, 2020 6:46 pm

I found this forum so helpful over the last 2 years. Thank you!

I'll be 24 when I start training in October. This was my second year applying.

2018: One interview - unsuccessful.
2019: One interview - successful. (Also was a reserve for another course, but not called for interview)

A Levels: A*, A*, A
BSC Psychology, UCL: 1st (with achievement award)

Honorary Research Assistant in comorbid physical and mental illnesses in children, supervised by clinical psychologists (3 months full-time) - NHS
Healthcare Assistant/Senior Healthcare Assistant in adolescent psychiatric ward (2 years full-time) - Private Organisation
Quality Improvement role for older adult mental health services (6 months full-time) - Charitable Sector

Publications/dissemination of work:
Poster presentations x2, publication in peer-reviewed journal x1, several small-scale publications/reports (in quality improvement role).

I did not have a reference from a clinical psychologist, and had limited NHS experience. So perhaps not such a typical route. However, my interview was really enjoyable, the panel made me feel really at ease (much more so than my unsuccessful interview at a different university the previous year!), and the course values really align with my own. I think this helped!

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Re: What experience did you have when you got on training?

Post by Chloesmith1995 » Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:34 pm

I'll be 25 when I begin training in September. As above, this was my second year applying.

In 2018, I applied to two courses, interviewed for both and following interview I was offered a reserve place (this was then unsuccesful).
In 2019, I applied to four courses, interviewed at three, and was offered two places.

2013-2016 - BSc Psychology (Applied) at Durham University - 2:1 (69%). Academic award for research.
2016-2017 - MSc Developmental Psychopathology at Durham University - Distinction.

Numerous support worker roles in the charitable sector whilst completing my degrees from 2013-2017.
2016 - worked as an honorary research assistant part time for the NHS in older people's mental health services whilst completing my MSc.
2017 - AP in children and young people's mental health services, and neurodevelopmental pathways.
2018 - AP in adult acute inpatient services and psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU).
2019 - AP in a prison, working with females on the personality and relational pathway.

Research/ Publications:
No publications to date, although one paper submitted for peer review.
Involved in service evaluation and audit for NHS.

I think the real difference for me, was that for my first application I really "over-prepared". I tried to think of every possible question that might be asked, and tried to plan answers to each. This had a massive impact on my wellbeing, and I despised the whole process. This year, I really took a step back and rather than focusing on specific questions, I reflected on themes that may arise, and loosely thought about some examples I could talk about. I put a lot less pressure on myself, and I think this made a massive difference in terms of managing my anxiety during the interviews. I also put a lot more focus on trying to show my personality through my answers, and to be honest when I was unsure of a question, or if I needed further information. In the previous year, I would try to just "force" my answer to fit the question, even if I was unsure.

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