In a fiercely competitive graduate employment market, any additional experience and recognition I can obtain will help me stand out from the crowd. The placement opportunity has helped me gain experience of working in a professional manner and will allow me to stand out from other candidates when applying for professional roles in the future.
Shaping my future
Knowing how fiercely competitive the graduate employment market is for Psychology, Maddison chose to take advantage of the Research Assistant placement opportunity provided by the Department of Psychology in order to get a better understanding of working in a professional research team.
Maddison took on the key role in data collection, including work on alcohol-administration procedures. This allowed her to gain transferable skills whilst enhancing her experience during her studies, which has allowed her to stand out from the crowd.
After gaining a First for her dissertation in her final year, Maddison has been working towards a career as an Assistant Psychologist in her work with a supported living unit for adults with mental health problems and learning disabilities in York, as well as working as a Research Assistant at York St John University.
“In such a competitive graduate employment market, every piece of additional experience and recognition which a student can obtain to make them stand out from the crowd is vital. Maddison had the opportunity to gain such experience and recognition during her BSc (Hons) Psychology programme at Edge Hill, and she accredits her successful application to the skills and expertise afforded by the placement opportunity.”
Dr Rebecca Monk – Department of Psychology