dancedementia Posted September 5, 2015 Share Posted September 5, 2015 (edited) Long story short: I'm a career changer. I worked in something not even remotely related. I originally started college as a psych major, but switched in my sophomore year to something that would "make more money". I don't want to give identifying information because my experience is kind of unique, but imagine a computer programmer trying to get into a PhD psychology program. That's about how drastic this career change is.My undergrad profile is dismal. My GPA was a 3.0. I was involved in a lot of unrelated student organizations (lots of leadership experiences!) which was super fun... but also destroyed my work ethic. My GRE is really good (96% percentile for both, perfect writing score). Strong LORs, but they speak mostly to my work ethic/character instead of my psychology strengths because... well, I don't have a psych background.I'm currently in a respected master's program for counseling. It's a terminal masters program, and being a total newbie, I didn't know that I probably should have done an experimental psych program instead, but I'm not going to quit halfway through when I've already sunk so many student loans into it and only have a year left. My master's GPA is a 4.0 thus far and should stay above 3.8. I had no research experience in undergrad but am working in two labs right now (one is a social psych lab, the other is a counseling psych lab).I want to get a PhD in Counseling Psychology.I've done everything that the books and Internet have told me to do - research experience, networking with professors, finding a mentor, boosting GPA, getting a good GRE. But I'm still terrified that, come interview time, people are going to look at my application and wonder "why the hell doesn't this woman have any direction in her life?"Can anyone offer some tips on how I can strengthen my application so it sounds like i'm serious about what I want to do?EDIT: My intended research focus is emotion regulation in personality disorders. Particularly BPD but I'm open to faculty who are conducting related research (histrionic, etc. is fine by me)..... or should I be more specific?! Edited September 5, 2015 by dancedementia Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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