How to get that job: Dr Becky Spelman, psychologist

Dr Becky Spelman dreamed of working in a field where she could help individuals find a higher degree of happiness in their lives 

Jessica Elliott
Monday 11 January 2016 15:53
Comments
Careers - Becky

In a new series on inspiring careers and how to get them, award-winning entreprenuer Jessica Elliott speaks to professionals at the top of their game find our how you can get their dream job.

Dr Becky Spelman discovered psychology as a child growing up in a small town in rural Ireland. She dreamed of working in a field where she could help individuals communicate better and find a higher degree of happiness in their lives.

But there were many obstacles to overcome to achieve her dream career as a Harley Street psychologist and psychotherapist, from a lack of information and learning centres, through to few female role models in her chosen profession.

These are Dr Becky’s top tips on how to break into a career in psychology, and why you’d want to.

Be interested in people

“I was drawn to psychology as when I was a kid I was fascinated by the people around me, of all ages. I would notice people, and see where people were good at communicating, and where they were not. I have never lost this fundamental interest in how we interact with each other and the world around us, and it’s this that makes every day as interesting as my very first day for me.”

Want it for the right reasons

“Whatever way you look at it psychology is a career path with an endless level of studying and commitment, so it’s not an easy ride. However, the best days are when someone actually comes to you with a difficulty, and you feel absolutely confident that you know how to help them get better, and you guide them through the steps to achieve this. If this goal appeals to you, then you’ll find the reading and commitment are easily worth the effort.”

Do your homework

“Unlike when I was studying, there are many courses around the UK and further afield that offer excellent psychology entry qualifications, that come with solid accreditation. However, the downside of such choice is how do you find the right one for you? Write down your desired outcomes in advance, and then read up on the specifics of the course to find out which best matches these, and always check out user reviews in advance - some of the best looking courses I have seen on paper come with some of the worst student feedback.”

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in