For the next generation of psychologists, whether studying or in the early stages of their careers in psychology, it is a time of considerable learning and reflection, of forward planning and critical decision making. Students will be required to choose study pathways and work to secure the necessary training opportunities and supports to be successful during this formative stage in their journey in psychology while early career psychologists will be making important career decisions, sourcing employment, navigating financial pressures, working independently whether in academia or practice, or both, and juggling family and work responsibilities.
Adding to these challenges are the important and significant changes to the psychology landscape brought about by national registration and the subsequent host of new regulatory requirements. Also of note is the fast-changing digital world which is impacting on such things as the teaching of psychology, the delivery methods for some psychological interventions, and the way people communicate more broadly.
To support students and early career psychologists in successfully navigating these challenges, the APS is committed to providing a range of services and resources. This InPsych cover feature forms part of this commitment and presents a selection of articles that opens with a series of vignettes showcasing a sample of the diversity of pathways in psychology. From nurse to psychologist, a late move from practice to academia, the inspiration behind working in disability, the importance of connections and support for Indigenous psychologists and more, these vignettes shed light on the rich tapestry that is psychology. The feature continues with two articles that provide valuable insights for early career psychologists about the current challenges and opportunities in the worlds of academia and psychological practice, respectively. The feature continues with an important contribution from the APS ePsychology Interest Group that provides a guide on how to stay current and informed about developments in ePsychology. The cover feature concludes with an informative piece about ‘unscrambling supervision' which is relevant for both supervisor and supervisee.
Whether a student, an early career psychologist, or a more seasoned practitioner or academic involved in the development of the next generation of psychologists, this InPsych cover feature hopes in some small way to inform and inspire you to stay committed and invested in being a part of the future face of psychology!
APS resources and support for students and early career psychologists
The APS has a range of dedicated services and resources, advisory groups and committees all focused on informing and supporting the next generation of psychologists. A few examples include:
- Psych Student HQ: An online portal providing students with important resources, events, FAQs and news. You can find information on member events planned for students, from study days to postgraduate information sessions, conference volunteering information and student mentoring initiatives.
- PsychXchange: Browse the latest employment and business opportunities for psychologists on the PsychXchange website. Search by job title, location and industry or look through the classifieds for businesses for sale or rooms for rent.
- Early Career Resource Hub: A dedicated web-space offering a wealth of valuable resources and information for early career psychologists, as well as a range of networking opportunities to support the development of important professional connections.
- Find a psychologist: For members in private practice, it is worthwhile considering joining the member-only APS Find a Psychologist Service, an online, email and telephone referrals facility. The online Find a Psychologist Service regularly has over 1,000 searches per day from members of the public, GPs and other health professionals seeking psychologists according to expertise, therapeutic approach or location.
Disclaimer: Published in InPsych on December 2015. The APS aims to ensure that information published in InPsych is current and accurate at the time of publication. Changes after publication may affect the accuracy of this information. Readers are responsible for ascertaining the currency and completeness of information they rely on, which is particularly important for government initiatives, legislation or best-practice principles which are open to amendment. The information provided in InPsych does not replace obtaining appropriate professional and/or legal advice.