Will I need work experience?


Work experience is a great way to gain a practical insight into psychology careers and can give you the opportunity to find out whether it’s for you.

Many postgraduate training programmes will require you to have significant relevant work experience in order to gain a course place. Work experience demonstrates that you are a dedicated candidate with applied psychological knowledge and it can help your application stand out from the crowd.

It is a good idea to build up work experience as soon as you can. In most cases you will have to gain experience on a voluntary basis before you can apply for a paid position.  Consider what type of people you want to work with and contact relevant local organisations and charities.

Information on the few vacancies open to students before completing their degree is normally sent to university psychology departments rather than to the Society.

Unfortunately the Society cannot directly help you to find posts or work experience.


You may find it difficult to find placements working directly with psychologists until you have a completed your degree. You can try contacting those working in your area by searching the Directory of Chartered Psychologists.

Our monthly magazine, The Psychologist, has a Psychologist Appointments section which is sent to members and is also available online.

There are also a number of websites that can help you identify local volunteering opportunities:

See our Interactive Careers Section for more information on the work experience and qualifications required for particular areas of psychology training.