"Any psychologist is in a privileged position and this brings a duty to think and act at the highest ethical level."
Written by Liz Blagrove
1.Psychology as a science
Although seen by many as a social science, psychology involves many of the techniques and concepts associated with natural sciences.
It is not necessary to study psychology previous to embarking on a psychology degree, rather it is useful to have an understanding of a range of subjects, particularly sciences and maths.
If you are considering a career in psychology, consider the many paths that such a career could take and don't limit yourself to the competitive field of clinical psychology alone.
4.Word experience and volunteering
Experience in psychology-related positions can not only give you a valuable edge in applying for jobs, but it can also help you to decide what type of role you would prefer to pursue.
Working in psychology often involves facing problems to which there is no simple solution - you will need the confidence to decide how best to respond in such situations.
The desire to know and learn more is key in the field of psychology.
Psychologists must be able to to persist in their work and find ways to move forward when faced with resistance, which can come from a variety of sources.
8.Big picture? Small picture?
It is important to constantly keep in mind the details of the specific case at hand while considering its relevance at a more general level.
9.Independence and collaboration
Psychologists need to be able to work alone and motivate themselves, but must equally be able to function well in a team.
10.Rewards and responsibilities
Being a psychologist is a hugely rewarding job, as well as a career that brings with it many responsibilities and a need for a very high level of integrity.
Liz Blagrove is a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Psychology at the University of Warwick. She came to psychology as a mature student, having previously trained as a lawyer. She was "bitten by the psychology bug" during her legal studies, becoming fascinated by the way human psychology impacted on the legal system and harboured a long-standing wish to explore this interest further. She returned to higher education as an undergraduate, working as a researcher before undertaking her PhD. Outreach forms a major part of her professional role; in other words, Liz has the enjoyable task of explaining to children and young people why psychology is such an amazing field!