Finding and Applying for Jobs related to Psychology

Building Experience

There are lots of local organisations that offer voluntary and part time opportunities relevant to Psychology students. Use Hallam Volunteering, Do It and Sheffield Volunteer Centre to search and apply for voluntary opportunities. You contact organisations that interest you speculatively to discuss opportunities, Sheffield Mental Health GuideSheffield Help Yourself and BPS Directory, provide useful starting points. Part time jobs can also be invaluable with opportunities in care, mental health support, research and education of particular value, organisations that have employed substantial numbers of Psychology students include Explore Learning, Alpha Hospitals, Home Instead and Cambian Group. You can meet organisations at our Work While you Study fair in the autumn term and the departments' own volunteering fair at the start of semester 2.

Job Search

Download the job search handout from this page to see websites particularly relevant to Psychology students and also the Finding a Job pages on this site. In addition, each job area or sector has specialist websites that will bring together relevant opportunities. Search for the job profile of the career area you are interested in on Prospects and National Careers Service and follow the links to find sites relevant to you. 

Journals and Blogs

As well as advertising vacancies, professional journals can help you to keep up to date with industry news and can even help you to identify organisations to whom you could make speculative job applications.  Some relevant journals and blogs for Psychology related areas include: The Psychologist, jobs.ac.uk blog, Health Service JournalCommunity Care and People Management.

Professional Associations and Directories

Professional associations are useful for keeping up to date with developments, building contacts and gaining accreditation.  Relevant professional associations include British Psychological Society, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Association for Educational Psychologists and Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development which usually offer discounted membership for students.

CVs and applications

See the attachment to the right for good quality example CVs from Psychology graduates.

 

Preparing for Interviews

Interview questions will be focused around the competencies and skill requirements listed in the person specification for the role.  Example questions for psychology related roles are listed below. 

  • Why are you applying for this job role and company?
  • What skills and knowledge do you have that are applicable to the role?
  • What experience do you have of working with adults with mental health problems or other vulnerable individuals?
  • Please give an example of a time you have been involved in designing and carrying out evidence based research
  • How would you deal with a situation which involved communicating complex information to a client who was in significant distress?
  • Communication is a key part of this role. Can you give an example and describe a time when you have used your communication skills to deal with a difficult or emotive situation?
  • What steps would you take to build an effective and positive relationship with a vulnerable young person?
  • Tell me about a time when you have had to solve a problem on behalf of a customer or client
  • Do you have any questions for us?

Further study

A significant number of Psychology graduates enter further study on graduation. This could be part time, full time or through your employment.

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