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So I find out just now that if you want to impress the university with your personal statement you have to talk about the subject you want to study, books you've read about and why you are interested in it etc. In my case - psychology but I haven't read a single book about it and tbh I know almost nothing about it. So any tips?
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If you know almost nothing about it, what pushed you to pursue it in university?
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If you know almost nothing about it, what pushed you to pursue it in university?
Well it sounds interesting, I enjoyed it at school and I see myself as a psychologist, so many people that know me say that it's the perfect career path for me. I know it doesn't sound convincing but I honestly can't see myself doing sth different. I just haven't explored the field from its scientific side
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Well it sounds interesting, I enjoyed it at school and I see myself as a psychologist, so many people that know me say that it's the perfect career path for me. I know it doesn't sound convincing but I honestly can't see myself doing sth different. I just haven't explored the field from its scientific side
Well it's not too late, if you are sure you want to do psychology in university you need to first get work experience e.g. https://careers.bps.org.uk/area/school/work-experience which is essential and also do further reading in an area of psychology you are interested which you can determine https://www.sacap.edu.za/blog/psycho...of-psychology/ and basically see what appeals to you.

If you are still not unsure, I strongly suggest you do a lot of reading online and understand the ins and outs of a career in psychology to see if it's for you e.g. https://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/psychologist (this is by no means exhaustive) and also see what other psychologists say about their jobs in the internet either through interviews or blogs. I have to tell you to take all salary figures with a pinch of salt as it can hugely vary between e.g. working in the NHS and working privately and working in different countries - I think it's safe to say privately you would get more money but there would be much more competition for jobs.

Also having an interest in psychology doessn't automatically mean you should a psychologist as there different specialties https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=2589701 (clinical psychologist vs psychiatrist) and you may even be interested in the research side of psychology instead of practicing or both.

Are there any other careers you are interested in or is being a psychologist the only thing you can think about? It may even be helpful doing career quizzes online or talk to a careers adviser in school, talking with your parents, teachers and friend about psychology or perhaps alternatives as often the course you study in university will set you up for the job you are going to get and it has to be something you are 100% passionate about or you'll lose all motivation either in university or in any future psychology related job.

I understand this may be a lot to process but Good Luck for whatever you want to do in the future.
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I actually read in a newspaper article that personal statements shouldn't list books that you've read because it'll flag as plagiarism, unless you're talking about a book so you can relate it to your own personal interests. You don't need to get work experience before you apply to uni for psychology. If you did psychology at school then you must have learnt about some studies? You can briefly mention studies and explain why you want to study at uni. Have a look at different areas of psychology and maybe see what interests you more. Remember that you don't have to make a decision on your career, but it helps to show you understand that psychology shows up in a lot of careers you can go into with a psychology degree.
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Thank you so much!
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Well it's not too late, if you are sure you want to do psychology in university you need to first get work experience e.g. https://careers.bps.org.uk/area/school/work-experience which is essential and also do further reading in an area of psychology you are interested which you can determine https://www.sacap.edu.za/blog/psycho...of-psychology/ and basically see what appeals to you.

If you are still not unsure, I strongly suggest you do a lot of reading online and understand the ins and outs of a career in psychology to see if it's for you e.g. https://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/psychologist (this is by no means exhaustive) and also see what other psychologists say about their jobs in the internet either through interviews or blogs. I have to tell you to take all salary figures with a pinch of salt as it can hugely vary between e.g. working in the NHS and working privately and working in different countries - I think it's safe to say privately you would get more money but there would be much more competition for jobs.

Also having an interest in psychology doessn't automatically mean you should a psychologist as there different specialties https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=2589701 (clinical psychologist vs psychiatrist) and you may even be interested in the research side of psychology instead of practicing or both.

Are there any other careers you are interested in or is being a psychologist the only thing you can think about? It may even be helpful doing career quizzes online or talk to a careers adviser in school, talking with your parents, teachers and friend about psychology or perhaps alternatives as often the course you study in university will set you up for the job you are going to get and it has to be something you are 100% passionate about or you'll lose all motivation either in university or in any future psychology related job.

I understand this may be a lot to process but Good Luck for whatever you want to do in the future.
Thank you! And also, I understand that different career paths in psychology require different types of degree for instance, but does it matter for my bachelor degree. I mean if I choose let's say experimental psy in oxford, does this mean I can then choose whatever career in the field I want or my choice is limited?
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Thank you! And also, I understand that different career paths in psychology require different types of degree for instance, but does it matter for my bachelor degree. I mean if I choose let's say experimental psy in oxford, does this mean I can then choose whatever career in the field I want or my choice is limited?
All psychology-related careers need further study - focus on your interest in psychology as an academic subject at this stage (e.g. additional reading/lectures)
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