QChallenge London – applications now open!

Are you interested in building your CV and professional networks by leading real change in a top London organisation?

QChallenge London is a brand new employability programme exclusive to QMUL undergraduates in partnership with Common Purpose, and applications are open now.

Successful candidates will work in a team to explore a major challenge for a London organisation with a focus on health, housing and transport.

This opportunity is ideal for students who are:

  • Interested in developing their skills in the working world
  • Keen to put their mind to a real life business challenge
  • Looking to network with leaders from business, government and NFPs

Participants will be offered the chance to present their findings to their organisation as well as receiving a £50 voucher for submitting a reflective essay.

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The programme will run from 5 February – 13 April 2018. Applications are open until 3rd December for all QMUL undergraduates. Postgraduates may not apply.

Apply online here

If you’re looking for a unique challenge, which will not only expose you to an exciting range of networks and experiences but test your creative thinking, then apply for QChallenge London.

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Guest Blog: The Good, The Bad and The Healthy: Routes Into Medicine

Susanna, Inspiring Interns

doctor-1228627_960_720There’s more to the medical profession than GPs and surgeons. You don’t have to look like Meredith Grey to do the good work in a hospital; in fact, you don’t even need a medical degree. Check out these five non-doctor jobs that will have you tending the sickly in no time.

Music, drama or art therapist

Love the arts? Think spreading your passion can only do good? Well, you’re not wrong. Art therapies have been proven effective in the treatment of both physical and mental conditions, and trained professionals are always needed.

You’ll need to have good qualifications in your chosen field, as well as additional training to be a therapist. For example, a music therapist must have a three-year BA in music from university or a music college; then, they are required to complete the BAMT MA. You can take the latter as a full-time course over two years, or on a part-time basis for three or four. Entry from an education or psychology background is also acceptable, if a high musical capability is also demonstrated.

And music isn’t the only relevant field. You can provide therapy through visual art, drama and even dance. Why not use your artistic skills for the common good?

Radiographer

Those who enjoy science and/or mathematics might consider a career as a radiographer. This is a highly technical job that can expand into computing tomography, mammography or ultrasound.

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Working and studying as a clinical psychologist

The following information is based on an interview with a clinical psychologist working in a Community Mental Health Team.

If you would like more information on what to do after graduating to get to this stage, this webpage is a good starting point: http://www.prospects.ac.uk/clinical_psychologist_entry_requirements.htm

Overview
Our clinical psychologist interviewee works as part of a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) including nurses, doctors and support workers.  The centre provides a service to adult users with serious mental health issues such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

The day to day
70-80% of her time is spent directly with clients providing evidence-based psychological therapy.  This might be one to one or in groups.  Work is with the individuals and also their families and carers.  20-30% of her time is spent doing indirect work to support the team.  This includes consultation, supervision and risk management.

What kind of work experience is useful for those wanted to enter clinical psychology? 

Work that brings you into contact with the kinds of clients you will deal with as a clinical psychologist is very important (see this post for tips from a graduate on gaining work experience).  Your clients can be challenging and you need to be sure you want to work in this environment.  Ideally you want to aim towards getting work as a research assistant in an area relevant to clinical psychology and a position as an assistant psychologist. It is important to get work experience in a place where a clinical psychologist is present and it is really useful to do a role where you are getting supervision from a qualified psychologist.

Many NHS centres value the extra resource that volunteers bring so it is worth contacting them directly. These might have details of the clinical psychologist but more usually will list the team leaders contact details should you want to send in a speculative CV.

What options are there beyond the NHS?
The cuts have had an effect on the number of jobs available. An option for a qualified and experienced clinical psychologist is to go into private practice. You can either set up on your own or join an established practice; the latter having the benefit of a client base, website and marketing etc. Private practitioners often work with companies to provide psychological support to employees experiencing anxiety, alcohol/drug dependency and other conditions. They may also be called to write expert witness reports for court cases.

What are other related roles that don’t require me to do the doctorate? 

IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) also known as well-being practitioner roles have grown within the NHS over the last three years. A number of psychology graduates go into this role. This is a bit narrower than clinical psychology and involves a lot of direct work with clients particularly providing CBT which is the main model of therapy with the NHS at the moment.  For these vacancies check the NHS jobs website and local papers. Graduate Mental Health Worker roles have largely been subsumed into this scheme.