Psychology jobs can be fearfully competitive. Beyond volunteering, which is often not financially plausible, it can be extremely hard to gain the necessary experience to progress your career within psychology. In this article, we will examine a few other job sectors that may be worthwhile enquiring into, if you find yourself at a dead end in your psychology career. These sectors offer transferable skills, that can give experience to those working within psychology and those who want to start their psychology career too.
Firstly, there are always nearly jobs within the care sector. This sector offers a lot of patient interaction, and it can often be the case you will be working with patients with mental health problems. This sort of experience can easily be transferred into a psychology career, as it will demonstrate to employers that you are patient, hard working, and have experience working with patients and clients who may be too much of a handful for others.
Looking toward the education sector can be another savvy career move too. Specifically, working as a teaching assistant. These positions are also often in large supply, and it offers more personal interaction with individual students to help overcome barriers within their education. Teaching assistants do not require a teaching qualification. It will show employers that you can help those in need, even when they might not want your help, and once again demonstrates patience and that you can stick with a process.
It can also be worthwhile looking for HR positions too. This may seem a bit removed from psychology compared to the previous two suggestions. However, within the private sector, it is an area that puts human behaviour and interaction at the forefront. A position in HR can vary from role to role; but there will be similar aspects. Such as defusing workplace conflict, moderating and staying objective in emotional situations, and showing clear and reasoned judgement in your decision making process. To employers within the psychology sector these are great skills to exemplify, and there are not many other roles that will offer you this sort of experience so regularly.
These are only a few possibilities of how to gain relevant psychology experience. On a broader note, it is worth taking time to work out what responsibilities you currently have within your psychology jobs, and what extra roles and responsibilities you want to have further into your psychology career. By doing this, you can create a criteria of what responsibilities jobs outside of psychology can offer that can be relevant to your specific career path.