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    I graduated with a first in psychology a few years ago. At the time I was hoping to become a clinical psychologist but it seems almost impossible to get on the course. Now I have been considering looking into speech and language therapy, however I am not sure it is right for me. I am concerned about the career prospects as some people have suggested to me that there are not many jobs, whereas others have said the complete opposite. I am also concerned about the demands of the MSc programme over the undergraduate degree. If anyone can offer any advice or is able to share their own experiences I would really appreciate it.


    I spent a few years deciding between clinical psychology and speech and language therapy. I've been working on a PhD that's relevant to both and I have interests and experience that fit with both. One thing that helped me to make up my mind was to look at adverts for CPs and SLTs on NHS Jobs and ask myself which ones really appealed and which ones I could see myself doing. I was enthusiastic about almost everything that was advertised for SLT, but I wasn't so keen or so sure with the psychology roles.

    SLT as a whole is not as competitive as clinical psychology (although the Master's courses might be - I'm not sure), but it's still pretty competitive. I wouldn't let this be your deciding criterion; you stand a better chance of getting a place if you're sincerely interested in the field. Regarding jobs, healthcare has been battered by austerity policies, but there will always be demand for professions allied to medicine. Disabilities and illness don't go away just because the government has decided to carve up the NHS.

    I deliberated for a while between the MSc and BSc option, but went with a BSc in the end for financial and pragmatic reasons - it would allow me to work part-time, and give me a chance to work up some of my PhD research into articles and a book. I have a friend who did the postgrad at Newcastle and she found it extremely stressful and intense. She says she loathed the course but loves the career. However, she also says she had classmates who loved every minute of their study, so that fast pace does suit some people.
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