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    Hi everyone,

    I am 24 years old and I graduated last year having studied a BSc degree in Counselling and Mentoring at a London University. However, a year on and I still haven't managed to find a full-time job. I am currently undertaking temporary work doing administration/receptionist work, and it's seriously getting me down as I am not progressing in any way. I'm barely making any money, it's not consistent work and I'm nowhere near the field I want to be in.

    I managed to get a First in my degree and I won two awards for Academic Achievement - I was also a Peer Mentor, and a Student Support Worker and have done some voluntary work working with those suffering from mental health.

    I've applied for a lot of positions with the NHS, but have not had any luck. Ideally, I'd like a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner role - this is my dream job. Sometimes, trainee posts do come up, and I have applied, but I've been unsuccessful. I know that they're competitive, and I am willing to put the work in, I'd just like to know what more I can do. I'm worried the longer time goes on, the further I am from getting where I need to be.

    I've considered a Mental Health Nursing Masters as this is an NHS funded course, and will allow me to gain extra training necessary to become an RMN - I see quite a few jobs for Mental Health Nurses and they're good salary-wise too.

    Does anyone have any advice? I'm seriously so down about this, I have no idea what else I can do to get my foot in the door.

    Any advice on what roles/jobs I can go for and any organisations would be absolutely fantastic and I really do appreciate it!

    Thank you.
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    My personal opinion is to become a mental health nurse, partially because I am becoming one. The reasons I believe you should become a RMN is the job is similar to a Psychological Well being Practitioner and haves the same rewarding feel of seeing your consumer/client improve their lifestyle due to your help.

    Also, a RMN has a lot of careers you could transfer to, it is a very diverse degree and career, examples are social work, policing, mental health charity, occupational therapist. Of course for some of these careers, you must do another degree, but these are normally fast tracked due to your previous career and once in that profession you generally have accelerated promotion due to your experience, and, in your case for the career RMH having psychological well being practitioner degree should show the employer your more diverse and have accelerated promotion.

    I myself wished to become a Counselor, but I got good advice to do this first, then proceed to a Counselor due to the reason it is highly competitive and the majority normally end up with a pointless degree because the job role is one spot, the number of applicants is much greater within the country. Most counselors have experience within MH care and progress from there because they are more appealing for the employer. I guess if that is your dream job I advise you to do this also. Personally, I am in love with MHN even though I have not studied it yet, one more year for me reason being the job entails everything I enjoy and wished to do as a Counselor.

    If your interested I advise watching youtube videos or PM me and I can tell you a name of a good book and where to get it for free to understand MHN. (Excuse the grammar write this in a rush)
    (Original post by LadyJazzles)
    Hi everyone,

    I am 24 years old and I graduated last year having studied a BSc degree in Counselling and Mentoring at a London University. However, a year on and I still haven't managed to find a full-time job. I am currently undertaking temporary work doing administration/receptionist work, and it's seriously getting me down as I am not progressing in any way. I'm barely making any money, it's not consistent work and I'm nowhere near the field I want to be in.

    I managed to get a First in my degree and I won two awards for Academic Achievement - I was also a Peer Mentor, and a Student Support Worker and have done some voluntary work working with those suffering from mental health.

    I've applied for a lot of positions with the NHS, but have not had any luck. Ideally, I'd like a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner role - this is my dream job. Sometimes, trainee posts do come up, and I have applied, but I've been unsuccessful. I know that they're competitive, and I am willing to put the work in, I'd just like to know what more I can do. I'm worried the longer time goes on, the further I am from getting where I need to be.

    I've considered a Mental Health Nursing Masters as this is an NHS funded course, and will allow me to gain extra training necessary to become an RMN - I see quite a few jobs for Mental Health Nurses and they're good salary-wise too.

    Does anyone have any advice? I'm seriously so down about this, I have no idea what else I can do to get my foot in the door.

    Any advice on what roles/jobs I can go for and any organisations would be absolutely fantastic and I really do appreciate it!

    Thank you.
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    (Original post by Troytheboy)
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    You are such a sweet guy.

    Nothing to add to the OP except good luck!
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    I would look in to the role carefully. I am a registered mental health nurse and it isnt all counselling and mentoring. You will have 3 years worth of placements to complete, how would you feel about a elderly placement? If after you have researched the role and still want to go for it there are plenty of opportunities once qualified. You sound like you would be good doing cbt, dbt, family therapy etc also these roles take time to develop into.
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    (Original post by angel_delight)
    I would look in to the role carefully. I am a registered mental health nurse and it isnt all counselling and mentoring. You will have 3 years worth of placements to complete, how would you feel about a elderly placement? If after you have researched the role and still want to go for it there are plenty of opportunities once qualified. You sound like you would be good doing cbt, dbt, family therapy etc also these roles take time to develop into.
    Hello being as you're a registered mental health nurse I thought I would ask my questions which wander my mind to you.

    Why did you want to become a mental health nurse?

    What is the most enjoyable part of the job?

    What in your personal experience is the worst part of the job?

    What area is best to specialize in practitioner wise, and how long do it take to get there?

    What work experience do you recommend will be best before I get before going Uni ? - The most relevant and useful

    Do you prescribe drugs at this stage or practitioner?

    A lot of questions I know but I'm really interested and having replies of someone who has 1st hand experience is an invaluable experience.
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    (Original post by Troytheboy)
    My personal opinion is to become a mental health nurse, partially because I am becoming one. The reasons I believe you should become a RMN is the job is similar to a Psychological Well being Practitioner and haves the same rewarding feel of seeing your consumer/client improve their lifestyle due to your help.

    Also, a RMN has a lot of careers you could transfer to, it is a very diverse degree and career, examples are social work, policing, mental health charity, occupational therapist. Of course for some of these careers, you must do another degree, but these are normally fast tracked due to your previous career and once in that profession you generally have accelerated promotion due to your experience, and, in your case for the career RMH having psychological well being practitioner degree should show the employer your more diverse and have accelerated promotion.

    I myself wished to become a Counselor, but I got good advice to do this first, then proceed to a Counselor due to the reason it is highly competitive and the majority normally end up with a pointless degree because the job role is one spot, the number of applicants is much greater within the country. Most counselors have experience within MH care and progress from there because they are more appealing for the employer. I guess if that is your dream job I advise you to do this also. Personally, I am in love with MHN even though I have not studied it yet, one more year for me reason being the job entails everything I enjoy and wished to do as a Counselor.

    If your interested I advise watching youtube videos or PM me and I can tell you a name of a good book and where to get it for free to understand MHN. (Excuse the grammar write this in a rush)
    Hi TroytheBoy,

    Firstly, thank you so much for your comprehensive and thoughtful response!

    You and I sound like we have quite similar career paths Initially, I wanted to become a Counsellor, however like you said you do need A LOT of Mental Health experience to be able to gain a good position as a counsellor. I'm fairly young, so I think perhaps a Counsellor or Psychotherapist (which requires a further 3 years training) could be a potentially good job when I'm a lot older.

    Mental Health Nursing sounds like a great place to start now though, as like you said it will give you good experience of working in the mental health field. PWP would be great, but it's so competitive as there aren't many trainee places. I think you may have persuaded me to go for MHN, but I'm going to do a bit more research/ask around too.

    Good luck with the rest of your studies - by the way, are you studying undergraduate or Masters? I'll definitely PM you to find out the name of that book
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    (Original post by angel_delight)
    I would look in to the role carefully. I am a registered mental health nurse and it isnt all counselling and mentoring. You will have 3 years worth of placements to complete, how would you feel about a elderly placement? If after you have researched the role and still want to go for it there are plenty of opportunities once qualified. You sound like you would be good doing cbt, dbt, family therapy etc also these roles take time to develop into.
    I definitely agree with you. Thank you for the heads up. I don't mind working with the elderly. I'm open to all types of people really. Yes, I'd like a job where I am working therapeutically with clients, which is why I naturally was quite attracted to being a PWP but Mental Health Nursing does appeal too... Think some more research might be in order, but thanks for your advice!

    Do you enjoy being a mental health nurse?
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    (Original post by samba)
    You are such a sweet guy.

    Nothing to add to the OP except good luck!

    Thanks, Samba! And yes, I totally agree, he is very sweet! :o:)
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    (Original post by LadyJazzles)
    Hi TroytheBoy,

    Firstly, thank you so much for your comprehensive and thoughtful response!

    You and I sound like we have quite similar career paths Initially, I wanted to become a Counsellor, however like you said you do need A LOT of Mental Health experience to be able to gain a good position as a counsellor. I'm fairly young, so I think perhaps a Counsellor or Psychotherapist (which requires a further 3 years training) could be a potentially good job when I'm a lot older.

    Mental Health Nursing sounds like a great place to start now though, as like you said it will give you good experience of working in the mental health field. PWP would be great, but it's so competitive as there aren't many trainee places. I think you may have persuaded me to go for MHN, but I'm going to do a bit more research/ask around too.

    Good luck with the rest of your studies - by the way, are you studying undergraduate or Masters? I'll definitely PM you to find out the name of that book
    Yeah your best bet is to do more research to ensure it is the right career for yourself, but it is a great job. At the moment I am restarting my A levels so they are tailored specifically to mental health nursing. But in two years time, I shall be doing or hope to be doing the undergraduate mental health nursing course.

    Good luck with your choice of career and your welcome to pm me for it anytime
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    (Original post by Troytheboy)
    Do you prescribe drugs at this stage or practitioner?

    A lot of questions I know but I'm really interested and having replies of someone who has 1st hand experience is an invaluable experience.
    Hopefully you'll get answers to your other questions here in a bit, but I just want to make a point about this one. Generally, nurses do not prescribe drugs. Your typical band 5 staff nurse will not be prescribing drugs, it's a doctor's job. Where nurses have done their prescribing course they tend to work in specialised roles and only prescribe a small range of drugs relevant to that role, for example diabetes specialist nurses will prescribe insulins and other diabetes related drugs. I'm not very familiar with the roles of nurse practitioners in mental health, I'm adult trained, but I'm sure it's the same situation.
 
 
 
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