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    Hi guys,

    I'm currently a psychology student studying with The Open University whilst working full time and I'm starting to think seriously about enjoyable volentary work I can do that will give me some experience to boost any applications I make for Masters/Jobs when I graduate. My aim is to spend time volenteering in a role that not only gives me some credible experience related to a typical psychology degree, but is also something that I personally enjoy, and something that I can contribute too as a result. I'd like to stress that at the moment I'm unsure what path of psychology I'd like to go down specifically so am open to all forms of experience.

    My question is as follows; I am a keen football (soccer) player and am tempted by the idea of acquiring my coaching badges and perhaps volenteering my time at weekends towards any summer camps or football/soccer schools for kids. My thought being that it's something I'd personally enjoy, and soemthing I feel i could contribute towards, especially in comparison to say volenteering in a nursery where I have no experience, and no particular interest in working in a nursery setting. However, would this (soccer coaching) be a valid form of 'experience' in relation to working with children? No doubt you would have to be skilled in first aid and go through much of the same checks, but would a university or potential employer look at such experience as a valid example of working with children (in a psychological setting)?

    I imagine there is definitive answer to this but I'm hoping your input may help me decide if it's an area worth pursuing.



    I think definitely that it's something you could use as an example of working with children. And there's certainly ways you could mention the psychological issues involved for universities or employers - e.g. cognition and learning, memory, social psychology of groups, teams, leadership etc, psychological benefits of participating in sport, etc.

    Especially as you say you're unsure of which path of psychology you want to go down it sounds worthwhile - if nothing else because it would give you great experience if you wanted to look into Sport & Exercise Psychology.

    But yes, I think it would be worthwhile experience.
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