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I’m in Y10 and (although it’s a tad early) am really interested in going to Uni to study psychology. I’ve read a bunch of books to do with it and looked up stuff about what the degree is like and what you can do after but I have absolutely no idea how to get work experience. I wanted to do something with a helpline but I’m too young and I asked to help at a clinic in my area but there wasn’t anything I could do... Help?
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You don't need work experience to apply for the degree
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I’m in Y10 and (although it’s a tad early) am really interested in going to Uni to study psychology. I’ve read a bunch of books to do with it and looked up stuff about what the degree is like and what you can do after but I have absolutely no idea how to get work experience. I wanted to do something with a helpline but I’m too young and I asked to help at a clinic in my area but there wasn’t anything I could do... Help?
The degree course really focuses on research, so they won't place much value in gaining practical counselling/clinical type skills as of yet, and you're fairly limited in what good quality work experience you can get when your under 18. I wouldn't worry about it too much at this stage.

Reading is definitely the most important thing (have you seen my thread here: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=2739866 ). Its also worth looking out for essay competitions in psychology for sixth form students - if you compete in these it will help your application stand out.

I only really know about the research route into psychology, so can't really advise about what would be useful otherwise.

If you want to get into psychology research, then a handy skill to learn is coding and statistics. You could learn to do data analysis using the R programming language with this book (Its quite practical and contains loads of example datasets which are fun to analyse) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Discovering...g+statistics+r . Alternatively you could learn how to make computerised experiments using python with this book https://www.amazon.co.uk/Python-Expe...+psychologists
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Thank you so much!
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Working at mcdonalds is a good start cos it’s next to impossible to get a decent job with that degree
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Working at mcdonalds is a good start cos it’s next to impossible to get a decent job with that degree
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Dont listen to them - you can do any job that does not require a specific degree (i.e. generic grad schemes) along with the psychology ones
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I’m in Y10 and (although it’s a tad early) am really interested in going to Uni to study psychology. I’ve read a bunch of books to do with it and looked up stuff about what the degree is like and what you can do after but I have absolutely no idea how to get work experience. I wanted to do something with a helpline but I’m too young and I asked to help at a clinic in my area but there wasn’t anything I could do... Help?
I wouldn’t worry too much about it, as long as your passionate about the subject you can almost most likely do a degree in it!
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