17 November 2018, Northumbria University, Newcastle
Counselling psychologist in trainingShow content
I am a counselling psychologist in training, studying and living in Glasgow, Scotland. I also work as a psychology undergraduate seminar tutor and psychological researcher for Glasgow Caledonian University, where I also study. I have a passion for networking, developing content and informing others of the opportunities in psychology. I do a number for different independent projects including developing online courses, videos for my YouTube channel in psychology and my written blog on my website. For years now, I have made an effort to network, expand my research in the psychological field and have experienced incredible opportunities as a result. Opportunities such as speaking as international conferences across the world, speaking and working with some of the most prominent psychologists in the country, giving key note speeches and being offered great job opportunities.
What I have learned so far from GetPsyched – The power of networking, thinking outside the box and the opportunities that await in psychology
Starting GetPsyched was a challenging and daunting prospect. I was both nervous of speaking in front of a camera and writing blog posts about my ideas and viewpoints in psychology, and uncertain whether or not it was appropriate to develop online content in the field of psychology. However, since investing time and effort into GetPsyched, numerous doors of opportunity have opened for me. I have interacted with psychologists all over the world, spoken at international conference and connected with thousands of individuals who are interested in learning more about psychology. Showing initiative and being creative allowed me to network on a scale I did not think was possible a few years ago. I want to inform you about the power of creating your own content in psychology, thinking outside the box, networking, and the opportunities that can present themselves as a result.
Dr Gemima Fitzgerald
From mature student to entrepreneurShow content
Dr Gemima Fitzgerald was a mature student in her 30s when she studied her Psychology BSc at the University of Sussex. She then studied her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Surrey. Following qualification, she worked for a hospice in their Specialist Palliative Care Psychology Service before becoming the lead for the hospice Bereavement Service. Gemima has a strong interest in teaching and has particular expertise in the area of building resilience. Her doctoral research was around the processes involved in developing resilience, and she was invited to do a TEDx talk on this subject. Gemima has now founded her own company and works freelance in a diverse range of settings; from private practice, to working with hospices, carers of people with dementia, and homelessness, and regularly runs training courses on building resilience for staff, carers and patients. She also works for a charity called Dementia Carers Count, as a Resilience Consultant.
My route into clinical psychology and beyond
Dr Gemima Fitzgerald will discuss her route to becoming a Clinical Psychologist. Gemima was a mature student and single parent when she began studying for a Psychology BSc at the University of Sussex, and then studied her DClinPsych at the University of Surrey. She will share her personal reflections on both the preparation for clinical training, as well as the training itself. Gemima’s expertise is in the area of Resilience and she will discuss how this specialism has shaped her career path. She will share her insights into how to keep motivated and be successful with a career in Psychology.
Dr Vicki Elsey
C.Psychol, Pracitioner Occupational Psychologist, AFBPsS, DOccPsych, MSc, BSc, PCAPL, FHEAShow content
Vicki is a Chartered Psychologist, HCPC Registered Occupational Psychologist and Principal Lecturer at Northumbria University, where she has worked since 2006. She teaches MSc Occupational Psychology and BSc Psychology students, specialising in careers, employability, and learning and development. Prior to joining Northumbria University, Vicki worked in consultancy as an Occupational Psychologist where she managed projects around development of competency frameworks, career coaching, design and delivery of selection processes (including assessment centres) for Graduate up to Chief Executive level. Vicki’s doctorate was concerned with employability, employment and identity of occupational psychology graduates, and she continues to research these themes alongside the ‘motherhood penalty’, job crafting and workplace applications of psychological capital. Vicki also works as a practitioner with recent projects including assessment centre design and delivery and supporting the career development of graduate management trainees. Vicki is the academic board member for the BPS Stage Two Qualification in Occupational Psychology.
What can Occupational Psychology teach you about careers: evidence and experiences
As a Practitioner Occupational Psychologist and academic, Vicki has worked with a range of individuals to support them in navigating their career from MSc Occupational Psychology students and graduate management trainees to senior executives. Additionally, Vicki conducts research into employability and careers and teaches these subjects to psychology students. In her talk Vicki will combine her knowledge and experiences of managing her own career, supporting others to do the same (through her practitioner role) and share some evidence-based, practical tips (from her research) which can be utilised by all attendees to enable them to take control of their career.