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Old 24-10-2006   #1
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what to do with my life

*sighs* in third year at uni doing my psychology degree, trouble is i dont know what to do next
i wanted to be a clinical psychologist but placement is very hard with only 1st class honours gettin in( il never get that!)
have been advised by a few of my friend that i could go into primary teaching but would have to apply soon to get in net year, its a good wage n good holidays but i dont know wether i should do my honours n see, or apply now, my friend did her hounors n regretted it as it was an extra year she didnt have to do!

what to do!!
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Would you ever doubt it if you didnt do your honours ?
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Do the honours year, it teaches you a lot academically about planning, discipline, report writing and other transferable skills. Not that we got any choice in the matter mind. But everyone I knew thought they didn't have a proper degree until they'd done their honours.

My mom did posychology and sociology at uni and went on to teach sixth formers. She's quite enjoying it but far more challenging than anticipated!
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Do the honours year, it teaches you a lot academically about planning, discipline, report writing and other transferable skills. Not that we got any choice in the matter mind. But everyone I knew thought they didn't have a proper degree until they'd done their honours.

My mom did posychology and sociology at uni and went on to teach sixth formers. She's quite enjoying it but far more challenging than anticipated!
what is posychology?
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No no Posychology is to do with the inner working mind of a............

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best to get your honours - get what you can educationally wise.

I still dont know what i want to do! That pays well anyway!
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I'm in the same boat, I'm 19 and finished my A lvls last year, really got no clue what I want to do, wanted to go into computers but changed my mind, considering going to uni next year now to do mental health nursing as thats what nearly every member of my family does lol, good money but its hard work! =/
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Re: what to do with my life

I was going to suggest Mental Health nursing for Alainax as well. Apparently they are VERY sought after as not a lot of people choose that pathway. Initially I wanted to do mental health nursing for my degree, but decided to do Adult Nursing instead as it incorporates more Bio-science (which I really enjoy). Also I didn't particularly like the Sociology or Psychology sections of my course, though I pass them all anyway. Bio-science was much more interesting.

Funny thing is, I initially applied to do mental health nursing at University then changed my mind once I started doing my college course. Then the Uni kept asking if I was sure I didn't want to do mental health when I changed pathway preference! They saw my college grades and said I was totally cut out for mental health nursing. But I also think they were trying to get the numbers up for mental health scholars as there aren't enough

Still, I could always switch pathways after the first year if I change my mind again.

So for Alainax, I'd suggest maybe qualifying as a mental health nurse as there are plenty of opportunities for work in that field. With a Psychology degree, the only other option would be to maybe qualify as a Social Worker? Or a professional counsellor? A psychiatrist perhaps?

Would mean more studying at University, but if it gives you the career you want it has to be worth it.
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I know what I want to do - staying at Uni! Still can't get enough of it
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As for Mental health nursing, it's a great job

I work in child and adolscent mental health, but the job is very demanding and tough sometimes. I work as a community mental health nurse and primary health care worker.

At the moment all the jobs in mental health are either working with the elderly or adult inpatient settings (but that maybe just in the trust i work for). I found it really hard to find a job working in young people.
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personally i agree with Sammi, you have come this far already, why not use the extra year to get the honours.. it should open up more avenues to you due to the extra level of competency and knowledge.

as for what i want to do... hmmm pass on that at the mo... have a great job, but not happy if that makes any sense.. granted that is due to many circumstances, some out of my control some not but i really dont know if i want to carry on working and living where i am at the minuite.

have been considering very strongly again joining the RAF, but if i do it ive got under a year as i want to be a pilot. plus i have to get my fitness levels up a lot... why do i have to decide i want to do these things during the bloody cold part of the year
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Ive just joined the RAF as a Civil servant IT Engineer . Its f**king brilliant flexi shifts, good holidays, health care, contribution pensions its great .

SeicentoS.. All I know is don't go into the IT industry if your not already in it as its over saturated with Computeach muppets that still don't know much when they enter their job and are bringing real professionals salary down . The average salary 5yrs ago for a 3rd line user support professional was £17,500 now its £12,500!. Luckily im qualified as 1st line and can expect £23,000+.

Alainax I sympathise with you was I was at this point most of my life . But luckily I have done the right thing and didn't waste my life at uni! . And managed to score a good job which gave me really good experiance.
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on the personal/mental nursing work, yes they are sought after but if your like my mate you get shovved around a lot!!

he started off in the hospital/care home in sunderland, after 10months, they moved him down to a place in gateshead (a near impossibly journey, took him about 2hours each day, as he hasn't got his licnese, and he's 25 ) anyway,whilst at gateshead, they then docked his pay, reduced his hours,
then a few weeks back they closed the home down, made everyone go home, inc patiants (some moved elsewhere, most rejected), and made everyone redundant.
its not really a job you can rely on, especially when like them the gov or whoever funds it are complete
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