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  1. Look for post-baccalaureate Lab manager jobs first, there are paid lab spots out there for just this reason. Many folx use those for opportunities to get hands on experience with research and publishing. If that doesn't pan out, then look for volunteer opportunities in psych research labs. Either way may get you access to profs for recommendation letters as well Also, yes to the GRE, if you can get a great score. That might help balance out the poor GPA. Finally, I would strongly recommend you look into Master's programs. They are typically easier to get into, require less research e
  2. Just want to add, your GPA is at the average to low end for these programs too - Clinical is more competitive because there are more applicants, to be sure, but your GPA and GRE matter just as much to non-Clinical programs. Research fit is going to be crucial for any of these. Please don't think Developmental or Counseling is "easier". In your position, I would strongly consider a Master's program, to give you a chance to improve your academic numbers and get more experience to prep for those tough Clinical PhD applications down the road, if clinical work is where your heart is.
  3. Is this Canada? I have no idea what the legal requirements are for Canada since I am in the U.S., however, I'm sure there are different kinds of counselors there as there are here. Here in the U.S., only someone with a Masters degree and a license can call themselves a counselor or therapist, but there is a certificate for an addiction rehabilitation specialist that you can get without a Masters to work strictly with adults in drug and alcohol rehabilitation (in most states). Besides mental health, in the U.S. (and probably Canada) there are also School Counselors, however this also requires
  4. You're welcome. Definitely start reaching out sooner rather than later. You don't need to immediately ask if they will take you on. Read a few of their papers and then email them with a well-crafted question or two about their work. Most researchers love to talk about their work Since you have some courses to take, you have time to form some basic relationship before seeing if they are taking on grad students in the future. Good luck friend!
  5. You are not the first one to make this leap, there is a gentleman (also an international student here to the U.S.) in one of my research labs whose BA is engineering but has made the transition to psych. So it is totally possible! You will most likely have to take some courses in addition to the Psych GRE, at least for U.S. schools. Almost all universities require a handful of core psych courses AND the psych GRE for non-psych degree holders. These are the same courses one would have taken if you minored in psychology, generally speaking, to prove that you have a solid foundation of lear
  6. Management, hiring/recruiting, marketing, productivity. Also, areas like diversity and discrimination, training...anything related to making a business run successfully, essentially. A thorough I/O PhD training prepares people for a variety of roles. For instance, there are I/O candidates in my current lab. They have taken internships or positions in many different areas. Some have moved into the tech sector, and do User Experience research and development. Some go to work at universities or non-profits working on diversity initiatives. Others have gone to work in private industry, helping to
  7. No, I apologize for any confusion - consulting is an I/O psych career, not counseling. You would need an I/O degree to apply for those kinds of positions. A counseling degree would not be a fit for any of that. Counseling would allow you to work in private practice or mental health centers (maybe hospitals?) as a therapist. They are two very different and separate programs As for Canada, I cannot speak to the legal requirements there, but I'm sure someone else can, or the information may be available online
  8. If you have the required education and can demonstrate your effectiveness, I don't see why not. Companies care about what will make them the most money. If that's you, then that's you.
  9. I think this is a universal struggle this year We maintain a GroupMe chat group, that we use for social chatting as well, to encourage staying in contact. We've also done a couple of Zoom hang outs, playing games online or just getting to know each other. Our lab does a once-per-semester self care day, this last semester our PI sent a selection of teas to each lab member, and we got on Zoom to chat and play games. We're just trying to take advantage of technology as much as possible to keep everyone connected.
  10. This past year has been a mess, hasn't it? Emailing students directly usually gives some response, as long as your email is polite and not a hot mess Our inboxes fill up almost as fast as faculty, what with classes, ongoing projects, assistantships, internships or teaching classes of our own, so I would say make sure your emails are brief, concise but not demanding, and convey your seriousness about finding a program that is a good fit. The end of the semester is not optimal, just because we are all finishing up finals, prepping for defenses or Comps at those times, but otherwise most studen
  11. Best way to find this out, is to talk to the graduate students currently in the program, or recently graduated from the program. Grad students are the best kept secret when it comes to getting information about PIs and programs, I swear.
  12. Late to the party here, but uhm... I'm a 43 year old PhD student And my PI was thrilled to take on a mature student who "knew what they wanted and what drove them". She views my life experience and age as a huge bonus, and quite frankly, now that I am a year in, so do I. My younger cohort members often struggle with some skills and concepts, not because they aren't each brilliant in their own way, but because they just don't have the real-world experience to really get some things. So, yeah, tell whoever that was to stuff it. They clearly have no idea what they are talking about. Go
  13. Coaching would certainly be an option, but what I meant was consulting with business owners or managers to make changes, design trainings or policies, conduct trainings maybe, to help the company increase productivity and profits. Designing a more productive office atmosphere, for instance, designing and conducting cultural competency trainings for employees, or training front end workers on things like selling skills, service skills... things like that
  14. I am in the U.S. so I don't know what the rules are in the UK or EU. Here, a clinical psych with a PhD or PsyD can do testing and diagnosis, but a Masters level psychology degree cannot. Also, I/O is often HR type jobs, but also consulting work, anything that interacts in the business world to maximize productivity, essentially. If you want to work in a clinical type setting, an I/O degree would be a waste of time, IMO An MSW here in the US allows you to work as a social worker/case worker for the state, in a hospital or a private practice. MSW also often work in nursing homes, hosp
  15. If you don't want to be in a clinic, and you don't want to teach and do research, may I suggest Industrial-Organizational (I/O) programs? A Masters in I/O psych or Organizational Behavior is a highly desirable degree in the business and consulting worlds, and among the best paid of the psych careers at the Masters level. Alternatively, within the clinical world but without the diagnostic capabilities of a Clinical PhD, a Masters in counseling could lead to a license to be a therapist or rehabilitation specialist; an MFT is for Marriage and Family therapy; or an MSW (social work) is psych
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