Pre-entry level psychology related jobs

Postby Danton133 » Sun Jun 24, 2018 6:07 pm

I want to explore an interest in psychology with a part or full time job. With no previous experience what options could be available to me for paid work that is even slightly related?

2 options that have been suggested to me are:

1. Call centre for people needing help with their problems e.g. Samaritans
2. Paid some somewhere within the charity sector - although this seems a little difficult with no experience

I'm no really prepared to do any training yet so I'm open to any suggestions for jobs I can get into now.

Additional info: I'm 29, have a degree and some experience in engineering, a little sales experience, some volunteering experience teaching and I have just completed L3 award in education and training (PETTLS).
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Postby Candid » Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:19 am

I suggest you find paid work in education -- ie. use one of the qualifications you already have -- and do helpline volunteering in your free time. You would have to take the organisation's training course. There's psychology in both sales and teaching, and a lay interest might be enough for you while you act on your desire to help people.

If you want to be a paid psychologist there's no substitute for a university degree and preferably a doctorate. Look at it this way: would you want to take your unmanageable feelings to an engineer with sales experience? However, I understand that getting the qualifications looks like a very long road to an under-30 who's already been trained for two careers that are poles apart. The good news is, there's such a thing as an educational psychologist.

You have decades in the workforce ahead of you, so you need to be clear on what you want to do.
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Postby Danton133 » Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:52 am

Thanks you so much for your advice.

It's precisely because I'm not fully sure what I want to do that I would like to test the waters before commiting to a qualification. I have made that mistake before with engineering and have learnt from it.

I think it seems to be the case that anthing paid is not possible and voulenteering is the only route. I can accept that.
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