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    Hello
    I am currently studying for a Bsc(Hons) in Counselling and therapeutic studies.

    I ultimately want to become a Counsellor, Play Therapist or Psychotherapist.

    I will be 21 when I graduate next year and have no idea whether to take a gap year or go straight into Postgraduate study.

    I don't know if I would be accepted into a Postgraduate programme because of my age (I think they like applicants to be around 25)

    Also, If I do take a gap year I don't want to end up doing a boring job. I want something where I can use my counselling skills preferably.

    I'm not sure on postgraduate funding really either.

    I have only been taking out maintenance loan/grant and paid my own tuition fees.

    Can anyone shed light on postgraduate funding options?
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    To fund a postgraduate degree, the most popular option seems to be applying for a Career Development Loan Career Development Loan - there's quite a few threads about it on here! What are the funding oppotunities like for the postgraduate course you want to do?

    If you do take a gap year, it's a good idea to see if there's any volunteer oppotunies for you out there - quite a few places would be willing to take on a volunteer counsellor. I know it's not paid, but any experience is better than nothing. Also be on the look out for trainee counsellor positions; these places may pay you to study for a related higher education course or postgraduate study.

    Good luck!
 
 
 

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