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Staying in the loop – how to keep up with career updates in psychology

Published on: 13 Nov 2023

When you're seeking new job opportunities it's important to keep up to date with the rapidly evolving field of psychology.

In this blog post, we share some valuable tips on how to be in the know while boosting your career prospects. 

We’ll also help you make the most of the resources available through the British Psychological Society (BPS). So, let's dive right in!
Take courses on BPS Learn

One of the best ways to enhance your knowledge and stay current with the latest developments in psychology is by enrolling in courses offered by BPS Learn.

The online platform provides a wide range of courses. You can delve deeper into specific areas of interest, sharpen your skills, and gain valuable certifications. 

The courses can also add weight to your CV, making you a more attractive candidate to potential employers.

Become a member of the BPS

Joining the BPS opens up many opportunities. You’ll be able to for network at events and stay connected with the psychology community.

As a member, you have access to exclusive resources, such as research journals, magazines and newsletters.

This will keep you up to date about the latest research findings, industry news, and upcoming events.

Plus, being a BPS member can enhance your credibility and demonstrate your commitment to your profession.
Read The Psychologist and Research Digest

To stay in the know about cutting-edge research in the world of psychology, make it a habit to read The Psychologist and Research Digest.

These publications cover a range of topics, including advancements in research and career advice. You’ll also be able to read interviews with influential figures in the field.

By staying updated, you'll be able to have meaningful discussions and stay ahead in your career.
Why not download The Psychologist app or sign up to the Research Digest newsletter?
Attend BPS events

Networking is crucial for professional growth.

Attending events organised by the BPS is an excellent way to connect with like-minded individuals and experts in the field.

The BPS organises a range of conferences, workshops and seminars. At these events you’ll be able to engage in stimulating discussions and stay informed about the latest trends.

By actively participating in these events, you can build valuable connections and gain insights from experienced professionals. You may even discover new career opportunities.
Network, network, network

Beyond BPS events, never underestimate the power of networking.

Engage with fellow professionals, join online forums, and participate in relevant social media groups or discussions.

LinkedIn is a particularly valuable platform for connecting with professionals. You can share knowledge and stay up to date with industry news.

Building a strong network allows you to learn from others.  You’ll also be able to explore different career paths and stay informed about job opportunities that might not be advertised elsewhere.
Embrace social media as a tool

Use the power of social media to stay connected with the psychology community.

As well as keeping up to date with the latest in pyschology, you should also expand your professional circle.

Follow influential psychologists, research institutions and professional associations on platforms like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

These channels tend to share research highlights and thought-provoking articles. They can also update on the latest events and conferences. 

Make sure you’re engaging on social media by sharing valuable content and commenting on posts. 
Explore ResearchGate

ResearchGate is a great way to access the latest findings in psychology. You can connect with researchers worldwide and take part in scientific discussions.

Create a free account to follow researchers whose work aligns with your interests. You’ll then be updated with new studies, preprints, and conference presentations. 
Tap into the power of TED Talks

Discover captivating talks on psychology-related topics through the popular platform TED Talks.

From renowned experts to innovative thinkers, these presentations offer thought-provoking insights, personal stories and cutting-edge research.

TED Talks can help you explore diverse perspectives and fuel your passion for psychology.
Engage with psychology blogs and podcasts

Improve your understanding of psychology by listening to reputable podcasts. 

PsychCrunch is the podcast from the BPS. Each episode explores whether the findings from psychological science can make a difference in real life.

We'd also recommend podcasts like The Psych Files, Hidden Brain and The Psychology Podcast

As well as providing engaging conversations with experts, they also offer valuable insights and practical tips.

Good luck finding your job in psychology

Congratulations on taking the first steps toward staying updated in your psychology career! Stay curious, stay connected, and watch your professional journey soar to new heights.

Find your next role in psychology today.