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fleuriegrace
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I've decided I want to study Psychology at university, and work in psychology however I'm not sure which sector of psychology to go into.

Obviously there is the counselor route
and then there is the criminology route
or the psychiatry route,

but i'm not sure,
I was wondering if someone could give me some advice or if someone has any experience or knows anything about it?
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That is something you will have to discover, none of it will be easy.
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i suggest doing some backreading into counselling criminiology and psychiatry, and see which one interests you the most! I know this probably wont help but just a thought😊
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Thank you, I'll do that,
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i suggest doing some backreading into counselling criminiology and psychiatry, and see which one interests you the most! I know this probably wont help but just a thought😊
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To be a psychiatrist you need to train to be a doctor, not do psychology. Clinical psychologists have a lot of overlap with the types of clients they will work with though
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A vast number of students want to go into Clinical Psychology (and never get there). My advice would be to read up on everything but that (as you will hear plenty about that from everyone else).
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To be a psychiatrist you need to train to be a doctor, not do psychology. Clinical psychologists have a lot of overlap with the types of clients they will work with though
I don't want to go into psychiatry, I want to go into psychology
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(Original post by fleuriegrace)
I don't want to go into psychiatry, I want to go into psychology
I wouldn't bother with Clinical Psychology (the area within Psychology confused with Psychiatry).
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Your initial post said psychiatry. Many people get them confused and think a psychiatrist is a psychologist
(Original post by fleuriegrace)
I don't want to go into psychiatry, I want to go into psychology
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This isn't a decision you need to make yet.
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Statistically you will most likely end up working in retail anyway so
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So, good question. You don't need to make set your mind on that and properly decide. I am in my third year and still don't know which sector I would like to work in. However, it is good that you are thinking about it, this will help you narrow down what you want to do or focus gaining work experience in or studying in further detail. I would say just research each area and then see which one speaks to you the most, you can use this link to see about each sector: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-...ree/psychology.



I have 3 sectors I am interested in: forensic, educational and art therapy. At the moment, I am gaining as much experience for each, and trying other areas too. This helps me decide what the work is like and what I like and dislike. So, that could also be something you could try to help you narrow your options down. But, I wouldn't get so stressed as well, just because in a year or 2 years or 5 years, this could change! You can also take the quiz here to find out what would suit you, but again, this could change with time: https://www.prospects.ac.uk/.


Hope this helps!
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You can also try this flowchart from the BPS website itself to research more about fields in psychology and what the work involves etc: https://careers.bps.org.uk/
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(Original post by Interrobang)
To be a psychiatrist you need to train to be a doctor, not do psychology.
I literally died of laughter
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Psychiatrists are doctors so you'd need to do a medicine degree in order to become one.

Criminal psychologists are actually forensic psychologists, you'd have to do a Bachelors degree in Psychology and then a Masters in Forensic Psychology afterwards.

Counsellors are different from psychologists, you'd do a degree in Counselling or more vocational courses like a diploma.
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