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Landing your dream entry-level psychology role - 10 tips for success!

Published on: 13 Nov 2023

In the competitive landscape of entry-level psychology jobs, it’s crucial to stand out. In this post, we provide you with a guide of essential tips to help you secure an entry-level position. 

1.    Build a solid foundation - education matters

Whatever level you’re at in your education, there’s chance to build a strong educational background to help you secure an entry-level psychology job.

It’s recommended to complete GCSEs and A-levels before a relevant degree, such as a Bachelor's or Master's in Psychology.

Explore the BPS’ advice on getting started in your career in psychology

2.    Gain work experience through internships, volunteering and more

Because nothing beats real-world experience, look for internships or volunteering opportunities related to psychology.

The BPS Jobs in Psychology website advertises placements, or you can contact local organisations, hospitals or research institutions

Gaining practical experience shows your commitment and gives you an idea of what different fields within psychology are like.

3.    Show the relevance of any previous experience

Highlight transferable skills from your previous roles and demonstrate how they can be valuable in the field, even if they don't directly relate to psychology

For example, if you worked in customer service, emphasise your communication and empathy skills applicable in counselling or therapy settings.

4.    Tailor your CV and cover letter

When applying for entry-level positions, customise your CV and cover letter to highlight the skills and experiences most relevant to the job.

Research the requirements and keywords in the job description, and ensure your application showcases how you meet those criteria. 

5.    Network and connect with professionals

Don't underestimate the power of networking. Attend psychology conferences, seminars and BPS events to connect with professionals.

Engage in discussions, ask questions, and make meaningful connections. 

6.    Find yourself a mentor

Mentorship can be invaluable in your early career. Look for psychologists or professionals who inspire you and ask them for guidance and mentorship.

Having a mentor can provide insights, advice and support on your career journey.

Find out more about the resources on finding mentors and mentorship programmes the BPS provides through its membership benefits

7.    Embrace continuing professional development

Continuing to learn and grow is essential in the field of psychology. Take on additional certifications, workshops and courses to enhance your knowledge and skills. 

BPS Learn is a great place to find professional development opportunities, including courses and workshops.

8.    Highlight research experience

If you’ve engaged in research during your studies or internships, highlight it on your CV and during interviews.

Research experience showcases your analytical thinking, problem-solving abilities, and attention to detail. It also shows your commitment to evidence-based practice, which is highly valued in psychology.

9.    Develop a professional online and digital presence

Your online presence matters. Create a professional LinkedIn profile and ensure it showcases your skills, experiences and passion for psychology.

Connect with professionals in the field, join relevant groups and share insightful content to demonstrate your engagement and establish your professional credibility.

10.    Prepare for interviews

When you land that coveted interview, be prepared to shine.

Research the organisation, review some common interview questions and practice your responses.
Showcase your knowledge and passion for psychology and be ready to discuss how your skills align with the job requirements.

Read more of our top tips on how to prepare for your next interview.

Good luck finding your job in psychology

By following these tips, you'll be well on your way to securing a rewarding position. Remember, perseverance, passion, and a commitment to lifelong learning will set you apart.

Find your next role in psychology today.