I really need some people’s views on this.
I am currently within my 3rd year of a youth and community studies degree. ( BA hon ) which will also give me JNC. However i want to go into counselling and have found regents college in London that do a masters in counselling and psychotherapy. At the end of the course i will be accredited with UKCP counselling award body.
My question is with all of this behind me will i be able to find a job ?
I dream of 1 day starting my own practice but i figure that i will need experience first.. I want to do something i know i would enjoy but i need to know there is a job and money at the end of it.. I know it is hard to predict in these tough times. but for those that are doing this type of route into counselling now, are there jobs out there now ?
i will need to do a 5 week summer conversion course and that costs £3000
Then the masters degree is 12 grand. then you have to do therapy throughout so that is an extra cost... I have been told that as a therapist you can charge between £25 - £50 an hour but that is with experience and in your own practice.
A concern of mine is that a possible place to work could be the NHS. But i have heard that the NHS only like to take people on who have had previous medical experience ( i..e someone who has gone through nurse training and changed into counselling etc )
My uncle has suggested that the only real safe career is teaching and as my placement at the moment i am working in a special needs school but im pretty sure teaching is not for me. i honestly think i would be really good at counselling and talking therapies. i think if given the chance i could establish a really good practice or career out of it. but are there opportunities out there !!!
Any info or real experiences people could provide would be so helpful.
Thank you !!!
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