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Accepted to Lakehead, 3rd time applying to clinical programs. To people that are applying for the first time, second time, third time - Keep persevering. Keep volunteering, gain research experien

I got the email this afternoon and I am still in shock... I'm so grateful for this community -- I wish the best of luck to all of you ❤️😭 School: University of Ottawa Type: MA-PhD in Clinica

Reminder: you are all great even if it doesn’t work out 

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1 hour ago, CateFace said:

Exciting day seeing more Canadian universities posting on the results page! Nothing from the programs I applied to yet, but I'm refreshing a lot despite trying not to! Congrats to all that have been contacted so far and good luck at your interviews! :)

what is the results page everyone speaks of? Is there a link? I could do with one more page to keep refreshing lol lol! please share it

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On 12/14/2020 at 11:50 AM, carlrogersfan98 said:

Does anyone know if having research experience in psychology that is not directly in the field you're applying to work in is a bit of a disadvantage? My school does not have a clinical program, so all the research available to undergrads was very experimental as opposed to clinical (eg., cognition, developmental psych, neuropsych, social psych, etc).

Most of my research experience is in cognitive psych since it's what I did my honors thesis in, however I also have done research on presentation anxiety and been an RA in a developmental psych lab. I also completed a program evaluation of a psychological intervention at my internship. And yet, I'm not applying to work in any of those areas at the graduate level - I've applied to work in trauma and/or sexual health. I never really considered it to be a disadvantage since I have a bunch of experience nonetheless, but sometimes I worry that if I'm compared to someone with research experience directly in that area, I wouldn't be seen of as good a fit for the lab and they'd take the person with directly applicable experience instead.

I feel this so hard. I am a lab coordinator with 20+ presentations, a publication, and two accepted publications. I went to a smaller school with limited fields of research so I picked trauma and ran with it. But I'm really much more interested in sexual health. Because I didn't have that specific research experience, I did a two year program in sexual health in attempts to compensate a bit. I also work in addictions. So basically applications express interest in working in all three fields. I was SO worried about my SOI's looking disjointed and unfocused. But I've already been invited for two interviews and I've had two "informal chats." I should mention its my fourth year applying and the first time anyone has showed interest so I'm really hopeful. It was intimidating hearing that my POI of choice had 100+ applications and already knows/has worked with a number of them. But I'm remaining cautiously optimistic. 

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6 minutes ago, Attempted_Academic said:

I can't find the page either! Would love a link

Hey guys, if you scroll to the top underneath the gradcafe logo on the left, click results :) It'll show you this page: https://www.thegradcafe.com/survey/ where people input whether they got interviews, offers, and rejections for all types of grad programs. You can sort by date and even search a particular school and program. So I've been searching for "Clinical Psychology" or "University of Toronto Clinical Psychology" for e.g.

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Hi everyone, I'm wondering if anyone has experience/insight about informal interviews. Specifically, if you had an informal chat with a POI before deadlines, if they would typically reach out for another informal one, or would they typically only extend a formal invite if they thought you are a good candidate (cause another informal may be redundant)? Just curious so I know what to expect! Of course, I know it may depend on the POI but I'm wondering if anyone has experience with this.

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2 minutes ago, Wanderingmind said:

Does anyone have any thoughts on sending thank-you emails after an initial interview? Not sure if I should do it

I have, just seems polite to me and you can remind them of your interest. 

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I think it is always a good idea and shows you're interested as well as professionalism :) I did this after my informal chats, and am planning on doing it after other informal/formal interviews as well if I am lucky enough to get any.

 

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44 minutes ago, Attempted_Academic said:

I feel this so hard. I am a lab coordinator with 20+ presentations, a publication, and two accepted publications. I went to a smaller school with limited fields of research so I picked trauma and ran with it. But I'm really much more interested in sexual health. Because I didn't have that specific research experience, I did a two year program in sexual health in attempts to compensate a bit. I also work in addictions. So basically applications express interest in working in all three fields. I was SO worried about my SOI's looking disjointed and unfocused. But I've already been invited for two interviews and I've had two "informal chats." I should mention its my fourth year applying and the first time anyone has showed interest so I'm really hopeful. It was intimidating hearing that my POI of choice had 100+ applications and already knows/has worked with a number of them. But I'm remaining cautiously optimistic. 

That sounds intimidating for sure! But it also sounds like you have got some excellent experiences AND you’ve had good luck so far! Keep up all your amazing effort, you can only keep going up:) 

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24 minutes ago, Sundaythecat said:

That sounds intimidating for sure! But it also sounds like you have got some excellent experiences AND you’ve had good luck so far! Keep up all your amazing effort, you can only keep going up:) 

Ugh thank you SO much! This process can be super discouraging so I really appreciate the kind words :)

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2 hours ago, Hope466 said:

Hi everyone, I'm wondering if anyone has experience/insight about informal interviews. Specifically, if you had an informal chat with a POI before deadlines, if they would typically reach out for another informal one, or would they typically only extend a formal invite if they thought you are a good candidate (cause another informal may be redundant)? Just curious so I know what to expect! Of course, I know it may depend on the POI but I'm wondering if anyone has experience with this.

I've had informal chat before deadlines twice (different POI) and didn't have another prelim interview with either POI (but just the formal ones).  I'm not sure if this is a general thing or not though. Also, not sure if it matters but these two were on a separate application cycle!

 

2 hours ago, Wanderingmind said:

Does anyone have any thoughts on sending thank-you emails after an initial interview? Not sure if I should do it

Like others, I did send mine a few hours after the interview in general (the timing varied, but definitely no longer than 24 hours later)

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15 hours ago, Hope466 said:

Hey guys, if you scroll to the top underneath the gradcafe logo on the left, click results :) It'll show you this page: https://www.thegradcafe.com/survey/ where people input whether they got interviews, offers, and rejections for all types of grad programs. You can sort by date and even search a particular school and program. So I've been searching for "Clinical Psychology" or "University of Toronto Clinical Psychology" for e.g.

thank you

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13 hours ago, Dylia said:

I've had informal chat before deadlines twice (different POI) and didn't have another prelim interview with either POI (but just the formal ones).  I'm not sure if this is a general thing or not though. Also, not sure if it matters but these two were on a separate application cycle!

 

Like others, I did send mine a few hours after the interview in general (the timing varied, but definitely no longer than 24 hours later)

Please tell us what you can about the virtual set up? Interviewed with POI, other grad students? zoom? thanks and good luck hope you hear back soon

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5 minutes ago, xtrahotlatte said:

Can the person who posted on the results page who received an email invite from UoGuelph please DM me? :) 

 

3 minutes ago, pastel2020 said:

same here 

Me too please! :) 

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16 hours ago, Attempted_Academic said:

I feel this so hard. I am a lab coordinator with 20+ presentations, a publication, and two accepted publications. I went to a smaller school with limited fields of research so I picked trauma and ran with it. But I'm really much more interested in sexual health. Because I didn't have that specific research experience, I did a two year program in sexual health in attempts to compensate a bit. I also work in addictions. So basically applications express interest in working in all three fields. I was SO worried about my SOI's looking disjointed and unfocused. But I've already been invited for two interviews and I've had two "informal chats." I should mention its my fourth year applying and the first time anyone has showed interest so I'm really hopeful. It was intimidating hearing that my POI of choice had 100+ applications and already knows/has worked with a number of them. But I'm remaining cautiously optimistic. 

You sound intimidating to me! I think you are a very competitive and impressive candidate! They do not expect you to be an expert in the field that is your end-goal, that is why you are going to continue learning. But you also demonstrate some incredible abilities to participate in a research-based learning opportunity! 

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