Gaining work experience in Clinical PSychology

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I'm a second year psychology student at LJMU I was wondering if anyone had any ideas as to how i could get work experience, preferably over the summer that would be relevant to a career in Clinical psychology as i hope to do a doctorate in Clincial Psy


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Hello, I've already graduated with a BSc in psychology but I haven't started my doctorate yet. From what I understand, experience is so important for getting on, and with less than 15% of applicants being offered a place each year, its super hard! The most valuable experience is paid work with contact time with a qualified psych, such as an asst. psych role or maybe even a research asst. but if you're looking for summer work, you could do voluntary role with mental health charities or in a residential home doing care work. Likewise working on a hospital ward in a psychiatric dept or something could be good. Just anything that exposes you to clinical populations. Try and network and meet with psychologists to see if they can give you advice or maybe even offer you some work experience. I'm currently interning in a private clinic but I plan to start a FT job next year doing something like an asst. psych role. That;s before I even apply! So i'll be looking to apply in 2015 i think, to start in 2016… takes a long freaking time!
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Hello, I've already graduated with a BSc in psychology but I haven't started my doctorate yet. From what I understand, experience is so important for getting on, and with less than 15% of applicants being offered a place each year, its super hard! The most valuable experience is paid work with contact time with a qualified psych, such as an asst. psych role or maybe even a research asst. but if you're looking for summer work, you could do voluntary role with mental health charities or in a residential home doing care work. Likewise working on a hospital ward in a psychiatric dept or something could be good. Just anything that exposes you to clinical populations. Try and network and meet with psychologists to see if they can give you advice or maybe even offer you some work experience. I'm currently interning in a private clinic but I plan to start a FT job next year doing something like an asst. psych role. That;s before I even apply! So i'll be looking to apply in 2015 i think, to start in 2016… takes a long freaking time!
Thanks for the advice, I'll start looking now for voluntary work and things because its something I really wanna do haha

So basically it's just make yourself stand out so people will want to accept you onto the course haha easier said than done
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