A Novel Idea

I was one of the lucky people who just ended a long weekend. The weather was gorgeous, I was able to make fun plans, and (gasp!) I even read a novel! I’ve made it a priority this year to allow myself to take a break from reading psychology-related texts. More importantly, I’m really trying not to feel guilty about the decision – to feel like I should be doing something school-related because there is always something to do that is school-related. While the articles that are assigned for classes are useful and interesting, I find that I can’t focus on them after a long day of internship, class, or both. Most nights, I get home later than 7:30. I catch up with my husband, eat dinner, and then head to bed with a book or The New Yorker. I’m always looking for recommendations – feel free to pass them along!

About mmosesmspp

I am a third year PsyD student interested in working with children, adolescents, and families, especially those affected by trauma. I'm originally from Colorado. Although I miss the mountains and the activities that go along with them, I fell in love with Boston upon moving here five years ago. I initially came east to study creative writing, completing a memoir about my experience volunteering in the Peace Corps in Lesotho. I am an avid runner, yoga practitioner, and lover of food. I love trying new things and used to be obsessed with finding and attending each and every cool thing that happened in Boston. Now my days and nights are filled with internship responsibilities and coursework - and I couldn't be happier.
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3 Responses to A Novel Idea

  1. Rifan says:

    My experience may be dienfreft from yours but I’ve found that it is pretty much impossible to get a related job with only a bachelors in psych. Here are some opportunities that I have seen and my experience with them. Some ideas are to work as a research assistant in one of your prof’s labs or apply to get your own funding for a small research project your department will have details and info on anything like that. Also, you usually need to have a personal rapport with the prof to land a place in a lab. Research experience is also critical if you want to go on to grad school. Sometimes hospitals and private organizations are also looking for research assistants in their labs troll the sites of likely places to see if there are any job openings. I’ve known people to get assistant positions in labs at other universities too but as a general rule schools prefer their own grads. Problems with these jobs? The pay is usually garbage and you would probably be competing with grad students (or even master’s grads!) so if you want one start volunteering and getting your face known in these places now. In Canada at least, with only a bachelor’s you can have nothing to do with clients whatsoever you are just not qualified. Maybe if they really need someone you might be able to land a job as a SLP or teaching assistant but they have technical programs to train people for those positions so in some places you may be under qualified. If you have office administrative experience you could be able to find work as a secretary at a clinic or office (I had a friend who worked in a genetic counseling office with her BSc in psych) but again that would depend more on your office experience rather than your degree.Some schools for individuals with developmental disorders etc. hire undergrads to work as teaching assistants to run IBI and IPP programs with their students. However, with so many qualified teachers unable to find work these days, you would be competing with them for these positions. Sometimes there are private families looking for people to work with their children (in my experience usually some form of autism or some other developmental condition) and they usually want people in positions for a minimum of 6mons to a year. I have no idea about the area of social work though in Canada at least you need a master’s to do counseling. I’m not saying that there are no other positions out there, or that you might not land one of the jobs I mentioned but the fact of the matter is that I have found in the field of psychology a bachelor’s is a building block and nothing more you are not as competitive as many others with only your psych degree (also FYI, as a general rule all the jobs I mentioned are rubbishy pay don’t expect to save too much). If I was you I would start volunteering now (yeah, many of the places where you would be unable to get a job would happily allow you to volunteer perhaps another reason it is so hard?) just to get your foot in the door at the very least and to help build up your CV. I would aim for a research experience this year even if it is unpaid you make important connections and get lab experience for any future research assistant jobs and grad school. Also, apply for grad school this year even if you are amazing it may take a few years to get in. Really use your connections really to get to know your profs, professionals in the field etc so if they come across something they’ll have you in mind.But then again maybe you have better connections (or luck!) than I did and you would be able to land something. Anyway, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!

  2. I love novels as well. I recommend ” The Five People You Meet in Heaven “. One quote from that book that I love the most is:
    “There are five people you meet in heaven,” the Blue Man suddenly said. “Each of us was in your life for a reason. You many not have known the reason at the time, and that is what heaven is for. For understanding your life on earth.”

  3. tj says:

    Two “must reads”:

    The Crimson Petal And The White, by Michel Faber
    Bright’s Passage, by Josh Ritter
    (Just for fun) The Last Werewolf, by Glen Duncan.

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