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  1. Depends what you want to go into? The people that I know spend enough time doing RA posts to realise that academia wasn't for them. They went into private sector, working in areas completely out their prior profession such as project management, IT etc. Some people went into similar areas like pharma or went into senior roles like project management in related fields. However, I do think much of it was money motivated. Once they got onto the RA ladder, they realised how excellent it was to be paid after graduation and pursued something with better salaries whilst not taking too much time to think about the career or the field they were going into. Mind you, psychology is a diverse area anyway, you could go into any of the above after graduation, but it's uncommon to do so after spending multiple years as an RA in academia
  2. I learnt SPSS in school a few years back but I'm learning from other graduates doing PhDs that if you want a head start it will be a good idea to invest some time to learn R command-line. Does anyone else share this understanding?
  3. I heard some rumours that DSM 5 might be the last of the manuals being published for a long while - is there any truth to this?
  4. I've been working as an RA in the last few years and somehow have found myself working within trials to do with old age disease - dementia and Parkinson's. I pursued the job because I needed work and was willing to accept anything. I've been here for a year or so, and concerned that if I spend longer here I will develop too much familiarity with old age diseases and won't be able to pursue something I am more interested in. Do I start looking elsewhere and wait for the right job to come along, or just take anything else to get out of this even if that something else is loosely related to something I want to do?
  5. What sort of studies in statistics? If you want to pursue jobs just in statistics you really need to spend a good time studying and getting experience in the area because you will be expected to perform high level statistics in your role. Pursuing jobs in psychology will also be beneficial if you have strong statistics knowledge.
  6. I would also support what was said by Cognitive - when it comes to therapy the clients want to find someone with experience and speciality. Most of the time graduates get these skills when working elsewhere for a few years to not only learn (and get paid for it whilst fairly inexperienced), but also to spend time in the industry in general - see what kind of clients there are, their severity, whether any particular niche is in demand etc.
  7. Take into account where you would be working. I don't know what the demand is for psychoanalysis is in the UK, but in case you want to turn it into full time you need the clients to be able to do that. I know you've said you want to keep it alongside another job, but it might still be a factor to consider (albeit a small one).
  8. Main thing is, is it allowed?
  9. I don't have access to a copy to check for you, but I think if the page numbers don't correspond to the contents, that's pretty basic and most likely its a faulty print or is a copy. You can generally tell if its a copy because the details will be off like the print and colour quality and inconsistencies across the whole book. Send it back or buy it elsewhere.
  10. I don't believe it, that's all it appears to be to me - not very convincing. I don't know how the physiological explanation works behind tapping your face and head. Fight or flight kicks in, doesn't it? If you believe it works, and if it only works if you believe it does, then it won't work unless the user believe it. But that concludes that it doesn't work if the user doesn't believe it. If I start jumping up and down and BELIEVE that it will cure my depression, it would be erroneous for me to conclude that jumping up and down treat depression, but rather it might be my own believe and perhaps the release of hormones to counter any negative feelings to mask any correlation.
  11. I don't think what you're suggesting is a proven theory. But a quick logical deduction may be that they spend more time studying than they do socialising?
  12. Have you personally experienced tapping? I looked into this a while ago but from the outside it didn't seem very convincing, it reminds me of the NLP hype a number of years back.
  13. Everyone's been in this situation before. Some are fortunate to be able to apply for RA paid jobs and get them. Most people need to volunteer for a length of time to get some additional experience before pursing something paid. It's perhaps the situation with many industries. Contact various labs in your department and see if anyone would be willing to take you on. Graduate students might need a helping hand and would be willing to take you on for a short time.
  14. Look up videos on YouTube, especially if you prefer something more visual or auditory. There's plenty of content available. I think you would also naturally progress into the depth of AI as through your research you discover new areas and disciplines under the AI umbrella.