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I'm starting my phd in clinical psych this fall and am trying to figure out if I will have time to continue working with my tutoring clients. There's one client that is about 3 hours a week in the evenings, which I'm not too worried about, but the other clients end up being about 20 hours a week during the day. They've all said they could meet me at my school library so I wouldn't have to spend time commuting, but I'm wondering if this is too much of a time commitment? Can anyone who is or has been in a clinical or counseling psych phd give me any insight? 

Thanks so much! 

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1 hour ago, readyset123 said:

I'm starting my phd in clinical psych this fall and am trying to figure out if I will have time to continue working with my tutoring clients. There's one client that is about 3 hours a week in the evenings, which I'm not too worried about, but the other clients end up being about 20 hours a week during the day. They've all said they could meet me at my school library so I wouldn't have to spend time commuting, but I'm wondering if this is too much of a time commitment? Can anyone who is or has been in a clinical or counseling psych phd give me any insight? 

Thanks so much! 

Check your program handbook. Are you getting funding from the dept (teaching or research assistant role)? If so, outside work that consumes a major amount of your time may be directly in conflict with your program’s rules (I.e., your employment contract). 

 

FWIW if you want to keep the side stream of income, you can probably keep your evening client, but you may want to ditch the majority of your day clients as the majority of clinical work and class work begins during standard business hours in early years (8 am to 7 pm range). 

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