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I'm 16 years old and would like something to do in the summer. I really want a job in the field of psychology (clinical part of it). It's hard to find work experience due to my age and because I'll have to work with confidential information what can I do and where can I go?
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(Original post by cathartic)
I'm 16 years old and would like something to do in the summer. I really want a job in the field of psychology (clinical part of it). It's hard to find work experience due to my age and because I'll have to work with confidential information what can I do and where can I go?
Its pretty difficult to get something at 16, have to be something more out of the box. Have you considered volunteering at any local mental health charities. During term time i d say look at volunteering at special schools.
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Its pretty difficult to get something at 16, have to be something more out of the box. Have you considered volunteering at any local mental health charities. During term time i d say look at volunteering at special schools.
Thank you I will try to find some if I can't find anything related to psychology would you recommend anything else?


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Thank you I will try to find some if I can't find anything related to psychology would you recommend anything else?


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I dont do psychology myself but my partner did a joint degree and didnt need work experience to get a place so i wouldn't worry too much if you cant find anything.
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Hi, i am going onto an access to HE course on September to do Law, Psychology and Sociology. I am hoping to do Forensic Psychology. I have applied for volunteering at Merseycare NHS. Its the mental health side to the NHS. Working with patients with Alzhiemers, Eating disorders, depression etc. Although i don't need experience to get into uni, it will help my application. Although, you might change your mind next year.Good luck.
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I'm studying Psychology and found it difficult when looking for experience.

I'm really interested in a counselling psychology, so I applied to volunteer for ChildLine to be a counsellor. So I'm hoping this will benefit me.

I volunteer once a week, and it's great
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Yeah charities like Childline and Beatbullying are good. Also look on volunteering websites about helping as a peer mentor type role.
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befriending roles are always good and easy to get, look at old people's homes and children's holiday schemes
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The easiest thing to do for voluntary work is to work in a clinical area. I want to be a Clinical Psychologist so I'm volunteering with the NHS at my local hospital and it'll look amazing on your personal statement for not only your undergraduate but your postgraduate degree as it shows interest when you're young.

Every large hospital owned by the NHS has a voluntary service department so go onto the website and send in an application form, anyone above the age of 16 can do this.
They will ask if you're interested in a certain ward (you need to apply as a ward helper) and even though you're unable to work in a mental health ward (some places may let you) your best bet is a gastroenterology ward, I've met people with eating disorders, alcoholics, dementia patients etc. which is a bonus as it relates to mental health!
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The easiest thing to do for voluntary work is to work in a clinical area. I want to be a Clinical Psychologist so I'm volunteering with the NHS at my local hospital and it'll look amazing on your personal statement for not only your undergraduate but your postgraduate degree as it shows interest when you're young.

Every large hospital owned by the NHS has a voluntary service department so go onto the website and send in an application form, anyone above the age of 16 can do this.
They will ask if you're interested in a certain ward (you need to apply as a ward helper) and even though you're unable to work in a mental health ward (some places may let you) your best bet is a gastroenterology ward, I've met people with eating disorders, alcoholics, dementia patients etc. which is a bonus as it relates to mental health!
Thank you so much I will definitely see if this is available at my local hospital


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I'm trying to find an easy work experience to support my psychology application but can't find anything :/ The volunteer sites I've seen so far require two volunteers, one being a current/recent employer and I don't have one? I just want an easy-to-get work experience that will look good on a personal statement, any ideas?

I wouldn't mind going to a care home but 1) is it really beneficial? 2) how do I go about getting work experience there?
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You really don't need work experience to apply for psychology at undergrad - extra reading is what the unis look for, because they know that WE can be hard to come by
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