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    Hello, I chose to do psychology which I am passionate about in Nottingham Trent university. Recently I have been worried about employability and how the uni effects my future. I was offered a place in Liverpool but compared I felt that Nottingham was a more interesting place to live and the course itself I found a lot more interesting and flexible to allow me to shape the course to me. As well the staff seemed amazingly friendly and ready to help.

    I want to be a clinical psychologist which is highly competitive, obviously I would need to do masters and/or PhD in psychology... The question is if I gained these in a 'higher end' university after getting a decent result in my Bsc in NTU would I be equally as employable as others? If I also had a lot of work experience?

    Have I made a mistake by choosing a uni I felt more comfortable in rather then prestige?
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    Hello, I chose to do psychology which I am passionate about in Nottingham Trent university. Recently I have been worried about employability and how the uni effects my future. I was offered a place in Liverpool but compared I felt that Nottingham was a more interesting place to live and the course itself I found a lot more interesting and flexible to allow me to shape the course to me. As well the staff seemed amazingly friendly and ready to help.

    I want to be a clinical psychologist which is highly competitive, obviously I would need to do masters and/or PhD in psychology... The question is if I gained these in a 'higher end' university after getting a decent result in my Bsc in NTU would I be equally as employable as others? If I also had a lot of work experience?

    Have I made a mistake by choosing a uni I felt more comfortable in rather then prestige?
    Prestige seems to matter in some business fields, but those of health and psychology are rather well protected from all that prestige poo. Psychology degree's also have a high level of similarity between universities, and so classifications between uni's and their value don't really change. Oxbridge aside, who claim that their education is completely different to that of other universities; and probably is. But really, it isn't the institution that makes the individual, but really it is about how much you put to bettering yourself.

    Employers don't really look that much at academics; unless it is a highly academic job like an 'advanced' assistant, for research, psychology, or medicine etc. But if they do, then they likely know the relative importance of things like experience, degree classification, personality traits, and academic institution etc.

    Clinical psychology is one of my prospective career choices too. Currently at the end of the MSc stage. Hope it all goes well for you, and let me know if I can help with any advice or insight into the degree and post-grad stuff.

    P.S. I chose to go to Sheffield Hallam over the University of Liverpool, and Hallam doesn't seem to have hurt my chances in anything. Though you can work to add prestige to your CV by getting other highly reputable names on there, such as Teaching Hospitals, charities, etc.
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    I fully agree with the very sound and thorough response given by hellodave5 above.

    Certainly in the field of psychology, university choice pales into insignificance against the breadth of relevant work experience you can gain in the sector either alongside or post undergraduate level.
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    (Original post by hellodave5)
    Prestige seems to matter in some business fields, but those of health and psychology are rather well protected from all that prestige poo. Psychology degree's also have a high level of similarity between universities, and so classifications between uni's and their value don't really change. Oxbridge aside, who claim that their education is completely different to that of other universities; and probably is. But really, it isn't the institution that makes the individual, but really it is about how much you put to bettering yourself.

    Employers don't really look that much at academics; unless it is a highly academic job like an 'advanced' assistant, for research, psychology, or medicine etc. But if they do, then they likely know the relative importance of things like experience, degree classification, personality traits, and academic institution etc.

    Clinical psychology is one of my prospective career choices too. Currently at the end of the MSc stage. Hope it all goes well for you, and let me know if I can help with any advice or insight into the degree and post-grad stuff.

    P.S. I chose to go to Sheffield Hallam over the University of Liverpool, and Hallam doesn't seem to have hurt my chances in anything. Though you can work to add prestige to your CV by getting other highly reputable names on there, such as Teaching Hospitals, charities, etc.
    This actually made me feel so much better! I was really stressing out over it the last few days but now I'm not, thank you! Yeah hopefully I will be able to get a lot of experience and build up my cv as well as getting good grades. I defiantly will ask you if I have any more questions on the matter. Good look with your plans hope they go well, and just out of curiosity where are you doing your masters?
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    This actually made me feel so much better! I was really stressing out over it the last few days but now I'm not, thank you! Yeah hopefully I will be able to get a lot of experience and build up my cv as well as getting good grades. I defiantly will ask you if I have any more questions on the matter. Good look with your plans hope they go well, and just out of curiosity where are you doing your masters?
    Glad to hear that it has! No need to stress.
    Nice one

    I'm still at Hallam, doing the masters in neurosci. But regardless of level, experience is usually the overriding factor; alongside your grades but also your understanding and knowledge more generally which shows in practice.
    If you're interested in an area, good to get a general book and give it a read and check out YouTube videos etc.

    Though still remember its still early days, and you have looots of time... though always good to get an early start with volunteering etc.
 
 
 
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