School of Psychology
There are lots of opportunities for you to make great use of your degree studies. A helpful starting point is the ‘what can I do with my degree page’ on Prospects.
For careers/roles where you need to have a psychology degree, take a look at the fabulous, interactive careers tool on the BPS website - click on each of the options and find out what's involved. The tool provides information on academia, where, how, pay, jobs, other stuff such as funding and support available and links to further information. As part of the interactivity, the tool asks you for your current status so it can take you to the relevant information for each role.
The BPS Careers tool covers the following psychology professions: sport and exercise, forensic, occupational, health, clinical, educational, academic, neuro and counselling.
Dr Rachel Bromnick, a University of Lincoln Principal Lecturer and School of Psychology Employability Lead, has recorded a series of podcasts called Talking Jobs. Here is a a really informative one on what to do with a psychology degree:
We’d highly recommend listening to the other podcasts in the series too. There’s a wealth of interesting facts, insights, hints and tips contained within each one.
If you’re interested in exploring a career in educational psychology, these links are worth exploring:
Below are a few places to look for graduate schemes which School of Psychology graduates may be interested in exploring:
- The Frontline (Social Worker leadership development programme)
- Think Ahead (mental health social worker programme)
- Unlocked (2 year leadership development programme within the prison service)
- Probation Officer
Psychology Career Pathways
For careers in educational psychology, these links are worth exploring:
For Assistant Psychologist and other NHS roles, use the main NHS job site and search by role title/descriptive name and/or geographical area (keep search terms broad) The NHS site also provides some great hints and tips making successful applications, managing the interview, pre-employment checks, etc. Remember your Careers & Employability service is also here to support you with your employability research, planning and applications.
Click the button below to open a helpful resource to guide you through the pathways in Clinical Psychology.
If you would like to understand more about providing services as a counsellor (not to be confused with a counselling psychologist), take a look at the information on this area provided on Prospects.
Roles for counsellors may be available within schools, colleges, universities, private sector, charities etc., not just healthcare. This career also lends itself to private practice – many counsellors set up as self-employed. There is also the opportunity, with experience, to specialise in specific areas of counselling such as infertility, genetics and bereavement.
Don’t forget to check out the employment opportunities we’ve listed on the all College of Social Science graduates page too.