When considering a future in psychology, it's prudent to start working in the field in some capacity as soon as possible to increase your knowledge and experience level. When looking for psychology jobs, there are many different routes you can take, as psychology is a huge discipline! Are you wanting to work with companies? Individuals? Groups? In a school? An office? A hospital? Private practice? What if you don't know yet?
It's perfectly natural to not know for certain what, specifically, you want to do for the rest of your life. Or even if you need to think about the rest of your life yet. What about right now? What opportunities are available?
We’re really proud that the psychology jobs we offer are hugely varied. From supervising and supporting peers on projects and through our placements, to managing the more strategic parts of the organisation, we have a position for every skill set.
SLV.Global Psychology Jobs
+ Peer Mentor/Coordinator
This role is perfect for a first psychology job abroad and involves providing additional pastoral support for your fellow teammates, as well as helping with the overall management of the placement. Simple things like helping a sick volunteer to the doctor to more advanced duties, like testing new projects, are all within the realm of possibility
This psychology job abroad involves being part of the Senior Management and Volunteer Experience Team. Responsible for delivering SLV.Global’s placements to the highest possible standard, this role involves ultimately optimising volunteer experience, through offering pastoral and session support. Supervisors are a constant, approachable figure throughout the volunteers’ placement.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to; Maximising volunteer experience by supporting volunteers with any questions, queries or concerns they may have and being a support system for a team of Peer Mentors. As part of the Volunteer Experience Team, this psychology job requires strong communication skills to relay information between volunteers, peer mentors and senior management staff. Supervisors get loads of hands-on mental health experience as well as the chance to practice and develop leadership skills, the chance to live and work in another culture, in addition to the chance for career progression and professional development in managerial roles for the organisation.
+ Assistant Volunteer Support Manager
The Assistant Volunteer Support Manager is not just a psychology job abroad, but is an opportunity to showcase a variety of different, complementary skills.
As part of the Volunteer Experience Team, this role’s responsibilities are primarily around maximising volunteer experience, through pastoral care, project support and training. This role is directly line managed by the Volunteer Support Manager and this psychology job consists of, but is not limited to; pastoral care for volunteers, motivation, support and training in the preparation and execution of sessions, responding to moderate/minor incidents and providing volunteer teams with the necessary training to optimise their time on placement.
+ Volunteer Support Manager
This psychology job abroad involves being part of the Senior Management and International Volunteer Experience Team. This individual is responsible for delivering SLV.Global’s placements to the highest possible standard and involves overseeing the smoothest possible running of the placement content and optimising volunteer experience.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to; Maximising volunteer experience by training and supporting volunteers and the Volunteer Experience Team comprising of; Assistant Volunteer Support Managers, Supervisors and Peer Mentors. As the most senior member of the Volunteer Experience Team, you will act as a link to London head office with regards the operation and delivery of the placements and events relating to it, including safety and security.
Activity Support Worker Roles
If you’re not feeling quite ready to take on any of the more advanced psychology jobs, why not cut your teeth as an Activity Support Worker, which is one of the best undergraduate psychology jobs? Similarly to the Mental Health Support Worker, Activity Support Workers often work in hospitals, residential centres and care homes, and are responsible for running interactive, therapeutic activities for residents.
This role can involve challenging stigma as well as promoting recovery. Often these roles are multi-faceted and challenging, as they involve working with diverse client groups of various ages and abilities in groups as well as one-on-one. All of our opportunities at SLV.Global involve activity support work and are a great way to beef up your CV if you're lacking in practical experience.
Other Psychology Jobs
There is a range of psychology jobs, psychology internships and psychology volunteering opportunities out there, but it's good to remember that many of these opportunities are dependant on your current experience level, so please be realistic with your expectations. It's also helpful to think about what kind of role you are best suited to and what you would enjoy. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable in your role so that you can be as confident and effective as possible. Here is a selection of jobs in psychology which may be right for you:
+ Clinical Psychology Jobs
Clinical psychology is one of the most popular areas for psychology graduate jobs in mental health. Clinical psychology jobs are highly desirable and competition for roles can be fierce. There are many stages on the road to becoming a fully-fledged clinical psychologist; the role requires a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, a degree certification from the British Psychological Society (BPS) and at least one year of relevant clinical experience. There are options out there for gaining this experience, including Assistant Psychologist, Trainee Psychologist, and Psychology Research Assistant roles.
+ Assistant Psychology Jobs
Assistant psychology jobs, which exist to provide support to clinical psychologists, are highly competitive. They are primarily graduate psychology jobs for those looking to pursue a clinical doctorate themselves. Assistant psychology jobs are viewed by most as a step towards becoming a clinical psychologist, as the ability to work so closely with a clinical professional affords a huge amount of relevant experience. Typical responsibilities of an Assistant Psychologist include assessments, writing reports and analysing research, implementing treatment under supervision, administering psychological tests and evaluating the progress of patients.
+ Trainee Psychologist Jobs
While studying for a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, most people work as a Trainee Clinical Psychologist. Trainee psychologist jobs are therefore frequently undertaken in combination with a post-graduate degree on the path to becoming a clinical psychologist. In the UK, Trainee Psychologists are most commonly employed by the NHS. There are also trainee psychology jobs available for related areas of psychology, such as counselling and education.
+ Psychology Research Assistant Jobs
A Psychology Research Assistant is responsible for the daily operational and administrative activities of psychology research. Key responsibilities include participant recruitment, data collection and analysis and preparing results for publication. Psychology Research Assistant jobs are often associated with universities, so are fantastic for those wanting to pursue academic research in psychology, but can also be found within governmental and health organisations. This type of job is often suitable for psychology graduates, though a post-graduate degree is also greatly beneficial.
+ Healthcare Assistant Jobs
These roles are primarily focused on personal interactions with clients residing in care. You may be based at a psychiatric facility, a rehabilitation centre, a specialised private care centre or even a client's home. These roles involve providing a social outlet for clients, delivering meals, administering medication and assisting the medical team in their duties. This role can be challenging but also rewarding. All Healthcare Assistants (HCAs) undergo a high level of mandatory training before they are permitted to work with clients. This training prepares them to deal with behavioural difficulties and teaches deescalation techniques and basic CPR.
+ Befriender Jobs
The primary function of a Befriender is to work with individuals with long-term mental health conditions who suffer from isolation. This role also usually includes training, although sometimes this needs to be funded by the individual. Befrienders are matched with an individual and meet with them a few times during the week to offer regular, community-based support, companionship and encouragement. This can help clients become more independent and increase confidence. Befrienders often take clients out to the movies, to Bingo or other social events to improve overall well-being and self-esteem.
+ Mental Health Support Worker Roles
Mental Health Support Workers focus on people with long-term mental health problems. The support they provide is to assist people in the community who have mental health issues to adjust to life outside of a hospital. The main role is to support individuals who have spent some time as inpatients in a psychiatric facility to live as independently as possible. This work is predominantly support-based and involves providing advice and guidance as well as social support. Support workers usually have multiple clients at one time and work in a variety of settings.
All of the above psychology job opportunities are a great way to expand your experience level if you're looking to move towards a future working in the mental health sector.