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Building experience is key to starting your career in psychology. Volunteering is a very good way to start gaining this experience while you are at Sussex. There may be part-time work opportunities, too.

Getting Relevant Experience

Working in a supportive role with relevant client groups is the best way to gain experience for all qualifying routes. This will be particularly important to get onto clinical, educational or forensic psychology postgraduate courses. Here are some ideas for those areas:


  • Volunteering with Mental Health/Brain Injury, Illness organisations (SANE, Mind, Mind in Brighton & Hove, MindOutHeadway, Stroke Association), Befriending with Together Co, teaching assistant in a special school (working with learning disabilities), care assistant/support worker (in mental health or learning disability settings eg. paid work with NursePlus), research assistant in a relevant area, graduate mental health worker, assistant psychologist (clinical) and psychological well-being practitioner (NHS jobs). More ideas for experience on the Clearing House page


  • Work with children in schools (after school clubs, homework clubs, breakfast clubs or classroom assistant), volunteering with youth organisations (Barnardo's, Save the Children, NSPCC) or vulnerable/excluded groups (Friends Families & Travellers), work in nurseries and playgroups (voluntary, private or public sector)


Quality, relevance and the application of psychological knowledge may be more important than the quantity or length of experience

Volunteering at Sussex

Nationwide Volunteering

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust - Placements

Other placement opportunities

Check CareerHub for other psychology placement opportunities:

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