Psychology as a career

I have spent all this time explaining what I do as a psychologist. I have said nothing about psychology as a career and my world is located in a small and very particular corner.

Fortunately, I had the good fortune to be invited to my former school in Devon to talk to sixth formers about career prospects so I am posting some of the highlights here for others to examine.


There are different ways in which you can develop a career in Psychology. After A Level and under-graduate study in Psychology, I went into the Probation Service, Child Protection and Higher Education before re-training as a Counselling Psychologist at Roehampton (University of Surrey).

Quite a scenic route, but each of those careers have played a large part in enabling me do what I do today.

More alternatives are summarised at:

Registered Psychology practitioners – accredited by the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) have to be educated to Doctorate level – with all the time and cost implications this involves. This is likely to involve three years under-graduate work and some three years Post-graduate training.

In my view, trainees also benefit from time spent gaining some work experience. Assistant Psychology posts are available prior to Doctorate training. For further information, go to:

Other career opportunities are available without a Doctorate, e.g. in the Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) schemes of the NHS. See more information at:

Every success with the paths of study and directions you choose.

Curious people can study and research for its own sake. Interested? Ask me a question if that helps.