Lydia Suffling

BSc (Hons) Psychology

“I now have a whole new perspective on the workplace. My technical and communication skills have benefited tenfold, as has my confidence.

“For me, the quote from Ivan Pavlov ‘Don’t become a mere recorder of facts, but try to penetrate the mystery of their origin’ captures the essence of what Psychology should be. It looks beneath the surface to investigate aspects of human existence. Nothing in Psychology is set in stone and we should continue to question ‘how’ and ‘why’ in order to drive innovation.

Edge Hill was the only university open day I attended – the campus felt warm and open, the new accommodation looked great and the students seemed genuinely happy. I liked how the course emphasised employability and boasted BPS recognition.

I’ve found the lecturers at the university are always willing to have discussions about course content, which can lead to thought-provoking discussions in seminars. They are also there for non-curricular advice and my tutor helped me with the difficult decision of whether or not to take a year out. I might not have had such a great year without her advice.

I spent a year with IBM, supporting employees with any questions they might encounter during deal processes. The team treated me like a fully-fledged member of the workforce and I gained experience in client interaction, deal negotiation and planning, corporate travel, and on-boarding/off-boarding activities.

 Before my placement, I’d only worked as a waitress or a store assistant. I now have a whole new perspective on the workplace. My technical and communication skills have benefited tenfold, as has my confidence. I’m so much more comfortable speaking to others and can identify the areas I need to work on.

After travelling I hope to secure a graduate placement and see how it compares to my experience with IBM. Ultimately though, I’m interested in Occupational Psychology research.”

To find out more about studying this programme, please view full course information for BSc (Hons) Psychology.