Career Progression

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Career Progression

Post by RobertDV » Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:15 pm

Hi Everyone, i'm a BSc and MSc graduate that hasn't obtained a place on the doctorate yet but am planning on applying in the next couple of years one i feel i have obtained the necessary experience. i just wanted to see if anyone could give me some information about career progression and opportunities after qualifying. i am extremely passionate about being a clinical psychologist, and once i've had many years in the job i also hope to take on more managerial roles and work my way up more in that area. i've been told however that these management positions are very rare and that an alternative route would be the NHS graduate management scheme. while this does seem to focus more on getting you those higher up positions, it would completely cut out any role of a clinical psychologist which i have been working towards for many years.

i guess i'm just wanting to know if it is realistic and how i would go about this type of career progression.

thank you for any help you can offer!


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Re: Career Progression

Post by miriam » Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:34 am

In my experience men rise faster than women, and generally end up in 8B/8C posts within 10 years of qualifying.

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Re: Career Progression

Post by hawke » Mon Jul 02, 2018 12:31 pm

miriam wrote:
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:34 am
In my experience men rise faster than women, and generally end up in 8B/8C posts within 10 years of qualifying.
Out of interest, why do you think this is, Miriam? Obviously this is true in many careers, but is there anything specific about clinical psychology / male CPs?

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Re: Career Progression

Post by BlueCat » Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:48 pm

I qualified in 2005. I had my first 8b in 2013. At 8b there seems to be a bit of a divergence in can earn your 8b by being highly specialist in therapy, providing clinical leadership within a team...or you can earn your 8b by taking on broader leadership and management functions.

That said, jobs at this grade tend ro be fairly thin on the ground, whether through management route or clinical d go with what you enjoy.
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Re: Career Progression

Post by hettie » Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:25 pm

I'd agree with Miriam. I know of 7 consultants locally and five of them are male.....I don't know how long it took them to get there though. There are increasingly fewer and fewer 8b 8c roles in psychology, so if thats a priority then maybe the graduate management route may be more suitable.

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