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Rachael Bowes

Career Path: MSc Clinical Psychology Student, University of Central Lancashire
Location: Cheadle, UK

I have always wanted to go into the area of clinical psychology and so I am now currently studying on a Masters' programme to develop my skills in this area.

What are you doing now?Rachael Bowes

I am currently studying on a MSc programme in Applied Clinical Psychology at UCLAN in order to improve my knowledge to gain a place on a doctoral programme for clinical psychology.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

The city is amazing and there is always something to do. Newcastle felt like home as I am originally from the North East and so I felt right at home despite being over 200 miles away from my current home in Staffordshire.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

There was a mix of lecture, workshops and group projects. Lecturers always provided feedback on assignments.

How connected was your course with industry?

I was able to get a placement in my second year which has helped me to gain more experience in the field of psychology and has also helped my gain a place on my Masters' course.

If you took on a placement during your course how did you feel this helped you in your career/ with your studies?

I was able to gain more experience in the field which is extremely important as psychology is a competitive area.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

I was able to complete a placement with the help and support from my lecturers which allowed me to gain more experience. The course has also allowed me to choose topics which may be beneficial to the area of clinical psychology.

What was the best thing about your course?

The course itself allowed an aspect of freedom as we were able to choose study topics which some universities do not get the chance to do.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

Presentation skills, communication and a knowledge of psychological theory.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

The University has a lot of societies which were really fun to be a part of and allowed me to continue my interests whilst being away from home.

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

The city, University and staff are all welcoming and friendly. The Psychology course is really useful for developing skills and offers a variety of options to hone your knowledge to preferred areas.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Amazing, knowledgeable and fun.

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