Kiran Bains is taking a professional Doctorate in Health Psychology (DPsych) and she also works for City’s Careers Service as an Applications Adviser.
Like most people, it turns out, on my undergraduate psychology course I started off wanting to be a clinical psychologist. Then I went into my final year, where we got to choose which modules we want to take and I took one in health psychology, and it grabbed my interest. I wouldn’t say that going into the DPsych Health was like a romance novel, this is ‘the one’ for me, but health psychology was a field that interested me a great deal. It seemed to be ‘global’; the interplay of physical, social and to a point, mental health. It’s also relatively newer, so I felt a greater sense of opportunity to put my stamp on it in a wider context and make an impact. And finally, I was introduced to critical health psychology, which helped me think about how health and identities are constructed, and how the way we make meaning of these topics can feed into social inequalities.
My career journey
I did not rush into this career choice, but my path has been like a series of stepping stones where I decided on each move as it came. I volunteered at university for the Epilepsy Society and , then worked with them as support worker after graduation. I then moved laterally to work with people with learning disabilities (there was an overlap with my clients). I found myself rethinking a lot of what I took for granted, around topics such as their communication and understanding, as this varied so widely. This helped me think critically when I did my masters in health psychology, and have an end purpose in using and applying my knowledge. After my masters I worked as a research assistant in a diabetes screening and prevention project aimed at adults with learning disabilities. I also did some work in LGBT research, and both of these areas informed parts of my training for my doctorate. It’s easier to understand social inequalities when you work with disadvantaged minority groups. Before I applied for my doctorate, however, I went back to the social care organisation I spent a significant amount of time working for on and off for several years, Continue Reading
Two down, one to go!
The City’s Law Careers Fair on Wednesday 21st October will mark the end of a very successful Careers Fair Season. After the Law Fair, around 100 organisations will have attended the Fairs at City, and some 1,800 students will have benefited from this networking opportunity with their potential future employers.
If you are a Law student, chances are you know about City’s Law Fair, and the reasons why you should consider attending are fairly obvious. But what is in it for you if you are studying for example Economics, Sociology, Politics, Journalism or Psychology? Continue Reading
How do you feel when you hear the term mental health? Interested, repelled or perhaps uncomfortable? If you are in the ‘interested’ category, you may want to know about a new opportunity to train as a social worker.
In September 2016, students will be able to apply for this new programme at www.thinkahead.org, which is funded by the Department of Health. The programme is looking for students who are likely to achieve a 2:1, with a passion for social work and who would like to improve the lives of those who suffer from a mental illness. Think Ahead is an intensive, challenging programme for ambitious graduates who have a rare blend of analytical skills, emotional intelligence and resilience. Year 1 includes and 4-6 week pre-placement programme including initial training, after which you will work in a team of Think Ahead participants under the leadership of a senior social worker, alongside medical colleagues and mental health specialists. Participants will gain a post graduate diploma in social work. In year 2, participants will complete an assessed and supported year in employment, receiving a salary and gain a Masters degree in Social Work.
No prior experience of social work is necessary (but would be a good idea to offer something!)
If this appeals, contact http://thinkaheaduk.org/recruitment/ to express your interest.
City students at the closing ceremony at Christchurch Cathedral
Guest Blog Post written by Jennifer Murphy
3rd year BSc Psychology student
City University London
“As a BSc psychology student, currently in my 3rd year, I heard about the undergraduate awards towards the end of my 2nd year. I soon realised that to enter all I had to do was submit a piece of existing coursework and 15 minutes later I had submitted my piece entitled ‘Susceptibility to false memory: factors that facilitate and inhibit’.
I was thrilled to discover that my piece had been highly commended by the judges, renowned experts in their fields. Before attending the UA summit in Dublin 2014 I wasn’t sure what to expect and was nervous about the prospect of spending 3 days with such incredibly accomplished undergraduates from all over the world. However, upon attending I encountered was a group of incredibly friendly, modest and inspirational undergraduates from a variety of disciplines, from philosophy to medicine.
Wednesday 11 Feb from 3-4 pm, Presentation by Horizon Teachers about teaching opportunities and working with students with special educational needs.
There are many routes into a career within an Education setting. This does not have to be in a school setting/environment.
Horizon Teachers provide staff to work with many Special Education Needs centres across London and the South East. These include complex needs schools (specialist centres away from the mainstream environment) and hospital schools (attached to the hospital for their borough for children who need extra support and care after operations and/or ongoing healthcare.
You can also work as a therapist across schools and providing 1:1 support.
Many schools have a SENCO post (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) role, which is a management position that you can go for having gained experience.
Horizon can also answer opportunities about getting into teaching in general. Read more or book here: https://careershub.city.ac.uk/students/events/detail/531885
An internship opportunity exclusively for City students with Victim Support is now available, requiring only casual hours (with occasional unsocial hours).
This Internship opportunity is a Homicide team support role, lasting 6 – 12 months. The role commences early – likely to start in July 2014.
The application closing deadline has been extended to 27 JUNE 2014. Apply ASAP if interested as they may close applications very soon if they receive a high number of applicants. https://careershub.city.ac.uk/ViewJob.chpx?id=490679
Are you a Psychology student who is aiming to become a Psychologist, Graduate Mental Health Worker, Social Worker or another professional role needing knowledge of mental health issues? Then you need to build relevant work experience into your CV whilst at City. Graduating without any relevant experience will mean you will have to volunteer after graduation to gain work experience, when you could be entering paid employment if you had gained experience beforehand. If you are planning to take a Psychology Masters, be aware that only a fifth of applicants are successful in winning a place on a course. So demonstrating your interest and commitment through work experience could help you to stand out against the competition.
When to start though? First year is ideal, as it will leave you time to take on a variety of roles, which will add depth to your CV, but if you are a second or third year, it is never too late to start.
Volunteering is the main way to get experience of working with people who have mental health issues and a huge range of opportunities exist. Continue Reading