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Clinical psychology - work experience?

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    Im taking a gap year to earn some money, before going to study psychology at uni. i want to gain some relavent work experience, i know theres loads of threads about this, but theyre saying mixed things. some say work experience isnt essential, but i was under the impression psychology was a competitive subject choice, so surely it would be best?
    what places are best to try? obviously hospitals, i could try but where else? has anyone done work experience for psychology degrees and found it helpful etc? any help would be great
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    For undergraduate courses, work experience isn't essential, but obviously it does help.
    If you are looking to get into Clinical Psychology you will need it, and because of its competitiveness it would be a good idea to start looking at things you can do.
    Basically, anything with people is good. Hospitals, care homes (especially with people with dementia), MIND, working with people with drug/alcohol problems etc.
    Try searching on www.do-it.org.uk.
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    are there any types of work experience which would look better than others? eg. a care home better than with charities etc?
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    (Original post by katechar_X)
    are there any types of work experience which would look better than others? eg. a care home better than with charities etc?
    If I were you, at this stage I would choose the thing that you are most interested in doing - anything would be good experience.
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    (Original post by katechar_X)
    are there any types of work experience which would look better than others? eg. a care home better than with charities etc?

    when i applied to unis, i had work experience at a Clinical Psychology service where I worked alongside an assistant psychologist.....if you can get this type of experience it would be great.....or you can also get experience at a local hospital (which i did), and talk to the patients about their illness etc...you will learn and improve new skills that would be helpful to study psychology and become a psychologists

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