Trainee PWP application

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yasminr25
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Trainee PWP application

Post by yasminr25 » Tue Jul 30, 2019 4:04 pm

Hi,

I was just wondering if anybody has any advice about applications for a trainee PWP post. I have a Psychology degree from the University of Sheffield, have been a support worker for individuals with learning disability and autism, volunteered and had other mental health experience. My mum works in the NHS and a friend of her's who looks over the trainee PWP applications helped me structure my personal statement. However, it appears I am still getting rejected and it is starting to put me off applying. Do people think its important for me to continue with my education and get a masters in research/clinical psychology?

I am due to start a clinical support worker role in an acute mental health ward at my local hospital (NHS band 3) in August which will hopefully help my future applications. But I am hesitant about needing a masters for any further career progression.

Thanks!

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ForeverJung
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Re: Trainee PWP application

Post by ForeverJung » Tue Jul 30, 2019 5:07 pm

Hi Yasmin,

My advice would be to take the clinical support worker role, enjoy it, learn from it, and reflect on what new skills you have gained. Whilst a masters would not hinder your applications, I would say that having varied experiences and the ability to reflect on them will be much more helpful (as well as being the better option financially). I applied for several PWP posts for the first time myself this year and had a good success rate at receiving interview invites despite not having a masters level qualification. I did have three years' experience in various clinical roles to draw upon though!

Good luck, and don't give up!

yasminr25
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Re: Trainee PWP application

Post by yasminr25 » Tue Jul 30, 2019 5:37 pm

thanks for this reply! I am going to start the role and I am looking forward to starting. What other clinical experience would you recommend? Thanks!

ForeverJung
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Re: Trainee PWP application

Post by ForeverJung » Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:14 am

I think the most important thing is being able to get the most out of each experience, not just job hopping as a box ticking exercise (which can actually be off-putting to employers). Volunteering in relevant areas alongside a job can be helpful though. Thinking about it now, volunteering for a company that provides telephone assistance for people with mental health difficulties, or people in distress, would be great experience to prepare for a PWP post I would think. Just be kind to yourself with your work/life balance, as I know from experience that you can quickly experience burnout if you try to do too much, too quickly.

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