The light at the end of the tunnel.

The first draft of my dissertation is going to be finished tonight! When I have sent my abstract and discussion sections to my supervisor before I go to bed, I will be able to sleep a bit easier!

I will be just under the minimum word count, however I have already found a few more things to add to my introduction when I get my comments back, and I am counting on my supervisor knowing where I need to add more. A word count of 9000 is the most I am aiming for! Someone has told me that it is the qualitative studies which need the full 10,000 words really.

I’m also happy because I’ve got another interview, and it’s a part time position this time so more suitable! It’s for the support worker role I mentioned in my last post, there are a few positions open so I’m hoping I’ve got a good shot! Will need to get some interview prep in, in between finishing off my dissertation and finishing my counselling and mental health essay!

Oh to be free of university work for a few months! I can’t wait.

And another.

I applied for another job on the NHS Jobs site. This is what I do instead of writing my dissertation, I apply for jobs and cyber stalk other people who want to be clinical psychologists. Motivation, where art thou?

Anyway, this one is for support workers within neuroscience wards, there’s maybe not as much opportunity to use psychology-related knowledge as on a mental health unit, but I do want to be a neuropsychologist, so I’m pretty sure it will be entirely relevant!

Also, it’s part-time hours. My perfect job really. Cross your fingers, toes and whatever else you can for me!

LAPG Conference.

I’ve just secured tickets to the Liverpool Assistant Psychologist Group’s annual conference, which this year is aimed at those wanting to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology.

Actually cannot wait, something to look forward to after my dissertation/final essay are due in! I’ve organised a group of ten of us to go down, just need to sort out getting down there now! It’s at Aintree. Quite excited about the networking opportunities!

Looking forward to finishing now, I’ve got a lot of ideas buzzing around in my head for things to do over the summer, for example I’d love to sort out a So you want to be a … psychologist? workshop/conference type thing at uni next year, and I’ve got thoughts about an e-mag/book sort of thing aimed at the same sort of stuff… Finding it difficult to get my point across there succinctly but you get my drift!

If anyone wants to collaborate on anything like this, drop me a comment!

By the way,

Have I mentioned how much I am looking forward to doing the MSc in Applied Psychology? I really can’t wait until August (I’m guessing) when I get sent more information in the post, and then for September when I get my timetable… And I’m really interested to meet others who are doing the course! I wonder if there is some way I could find out who would be doing it before it’s start in September?

I’m also really looking forward to starting my honorary AP post, hoping that as I’ll have finished uni I can do two days a week instead of one, although I’ll happily do the one if that’s all I can do!! Really want to just get stuck in with it and learn as much as I can.

Also, I’m looking for a new part time job at the minute, one that I can do in the week, as my boyfriend will be starting a new job soon which is Monday-Friday and I would actually like to spend some time with him! Anyone in the know about part time work I could do, let me know!!

So close yet so far.

I posted about an interview I had managed to get for a nursing assistant position the other week here.

The interview was on Friday and to be honest I did think it went fairly well. It was in two halves, a 15 minute interview and then three writing tasks.

To be honest, as soon as I left the interview part I thought of a few things I should have said, and was kicking myself a bit. For example, I messed up the health and safety question by not being specific enough to a mental health environment, and on a question about recovery I forgot to mention that recovery from mental illness may not always mean that the illness itself goes completely away, but that the person can manage it and has a good quality of life.

I felt like I did well in the writing tasks, I had done my online training for my placement the night before which covered safeguarding, and one task simply wanted us to describe safeguarding and how we would do it. So I felt like I aced that part!

The other two tasks were answering some questions on a scenario that was acted out in front of us, mainly to do with professionalism and confidentiality, and also a task which gave us the Trust’s values and asked how we demonstrated them.

Unfortunately I didn’t get the job, but the ward manager who gave me the feedback did say that I had done really well on the writing tasks, and that it was the health and safety/recovery questions that I had not got enough points on. She said if they had one more place open they would have offered me it.

I’m pretty gutted really, I did really want that position as I would have learnt so much, and I really want to get stuck in to a mental health environment when I graduate. But at the same time, it was full time hours and I would have only been able to do that really.

So onwards and upwards now!

Honorary Assistant Psychologist

I’ve previously posted about gaining a work placement here.

I finally got round to going in to the volunteer services at the hospital today, to give them my documents for CRB and book my induction.

They gave me a role description and my post title is Honorary Assistant Psychologist!

So very happy about that, as this means I can have AP on my LinkedIn and in my CV. When I apply for any paid AP positions, they will be able to see that I’ve already done it in a voluntary capacity. So excited to start now, hopefully I will be able to start in May, after my dissertation is in.

The role description also clarified what I will be doing, for example:

  1. To observe assessment and/or therapeutic work with clients reporting neuropsychological difficulties.
  2. To develop or hone skills in neuropsychological assessment and interpretation.
  3. To support research within the Department of Clinical Neuropsychology via data entry and literature searches.

All of this sounds so useful and relevant. I really feel like I am going to have a good shot of getting onto the ClinPsyD by the time I’m like 26! Fingers crossed.