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Sun, 25 Feb



Online Careers Day

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Online Careers Day
Online Careers Day

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25 Feb 2024, 10:00 – 15:00


About the event

Are you thinking about pursuing a career in psychology? Do you find the options confusing, or perhaps feel uncertain about what direction you would like to take? Would you like more information on where your degree could take you?

OUPS is delighted to offer a free online careers day on Sunday 25th Feb which aims to demystify a range of careers in psychology with talks by experts, plus time for questions. It is hoped by the end of the day you will come away having considered what is not for you as much as gaining an appreciation of what might be - and how to go about getting where you want to be. You will receive clear, unbiased advice from psychologists with a range of experience and expertise.

Our first online careers day will focus on clinical/ counselling, human factors, and public health. This is a free event and places are limited so please sign up! This careers day will be held via Zoom, and joining links will be sent to everyone before the event.

Provisional Timetable:

Neil Frude: 10.00 - 11.15

Sarah Howcutt: 11.30 - 12.45

Graham Edgar: 1.00-2.15

Plus plenty opportunity for any questions you wish to put to our experts!

Professor Neil Frude

Many students embark on a psychology degree with the hope and intention of becoming a professional psychologist, and many are particularly interested in becoming a clinical or a counselling psychologist. However, most soon come to realise that this transition is not an easy one, and wonder about the practicalities of working towards such a career and how they can increase their chances of being accepted for professional training.  Neil is a consultant clinical psychologist who for 20 years was a director on one of the 30 UK Clinical Psychology Doctoral Courses and was closely involved in the selection of candidates. He is therefore in a good position to explain the route towards qualifying as a clinical psychologist and advising on useful steps to be taken along this route.

Neil has honorary professorial positions in Cardiff University and the University of South Wales. He is also a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and recently received the Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  He has also been an OU tutor, and is a Vice-President of OUPS.

Dr Sarah Howcutt: Principal Lecturer in Public Health, Oxford Brookes University

Sarah studied psychology with the OU between 2005 and 2010.  Her original plan was to be an educational psychologist since she was a primary school teacher before her studies.  However, she fell in love with the psychology of decision-making and less in love with developmental psychology!  In 2012, she joined a public health research team as a research assistant, because she couldn’t find another way to get a career in psychology.  Public health introduced her to methods to use psychology on a big scale to create healthy environments so that people can make health choices that are right for them, their families, and their communities.  Sarah now teaches public health around the world and she does research on how to collect health data using technologies such as artificial intelligence.

Her session will explain what public health is and how your psychology degree is a great start in a health-related career that not many people know much about.

Professor Graham Edgar has over 30 years’ experience as a human factors specialist, developing and applying human factors techniques in military, road, rail, air, emergency response, and health, contexts. He will talk about what human factors is, and what a career in it is like. For the last 15 years he has acted as a traffic collision investigator, specialising in the perceptual aspects of traffic collisions. Graham joined the University of Gloucestershire (UoG) from BAE Systems, where he led the research program ‘Adaptive human-machine interfaces and functional state assessment’. As a part of this work, Graham developed a method of measuring situation awareness, underpinned by cognitive neuroscience, that is used worldwide (but especially in Estonia), and has presented lectures internationally on situation awareness as a member of a NATO working group. Graham has been principal investigator on a number of large projects funded by the MoD and the EU, particularly focused on the training of situation awareness in firefighters. Graham also has an interest in magic as it is his belief that magicians are superb natural psychologists. He has been bitterly disappointed to discover that it doesn’t work the other way around.


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