on 21 January 2013
I am a currently studying a Psychology undergrad degree with the OU. Overall, I found this book easy to read, concise and very useful for helping to decide whether a career in psychology is really what you want. It explains the steps involved to enable a person to enter the main psychology professions and provides a realistic view on what your prospects are in each of the main disciplines (clinical, counseling, forensic, educational, occupational and research/academic). The chapters, describing each of the aforementioned psychology pathways, are written by professionals in each of these specialized fields, providing up to date and accurate information which is relevant to the UK job market.
Personally, I researched the psychology profession fairly well before starting my degree, so a lot of the information contained in this book was already common knowledge to me. Therefore, for those who have read the information from the most obvious sites (e.g. BPS, prospecs.ac.uk, NHS job site, thestudentroom etc.); don't expect much more. Having said that, this book did open my mind to a career in research.
One thing that irritated me is the non-acknowledgment of the many distance learning BSc psychology degrees, now offered by universities (including the Open uni). The chapter on choosing a psychology undergraduate degree only focuses on the traditional campus based degree programs. Distance learning psychology degrees have become a popular option since most are now accredited by the BPS and provide the flexibility of study to enable people to continue working while gaining a professionally recognized qualification. Also, distance learning (at the moment) have lower tuition fees compared to the campus based degrees. As a final note; I would like to have seen some information regarding international opportunities in psychology the specific psychology disciplines.
I would highly recommend that anyone considering a career in psychology to read this publication before going any further.