…these are career area explored by many psychology and language science students. An interesting presentation came my way this week, from Edinburgh’s Queen Margaret University, which runs many of these courses – Diagnosing future careers in the Allied Health Professions .
The presentation offers useful advice to students considering allied health professions, wherever they choose to apply in the UK, including what you should be able to demonstrate in the personal statement in your application
Personal Statements should show:
- Motivation to work in specific field
- Interest in helping others
- Detail relevant experience
- Evidence skills required of the role
- Team working and leadership
- Excellent communication skills
- Organisational skills
- Personal qualities relevant to the profession: empathy, understanding, patience etc
In order to demonstrate your suitability for these professions, you’ll need to be adding to your experience throughout your time at university. Useful activities include:
- taking an active part in relevant clubs and societies to demonstrate your interest in helping others, and your empathy, understanding and patience eg Nightline, CHV, and develop teamwork and leadership, organisation and communication skills if you take committee roles in any society
- volunteering with relevant organisations – find opportunities via Student Association volunteering, Volunteer Edinburgh … Eg the Stroke Association – opportunities to support people with speech impairment following a stroke.
- Finding and talking to professionals working in your area of interest – via their professional association – eg Royal College of Speech and Language therapy (find other professional bodies via our Allied Medical Professions information); use LinkedIn to find individuals and relevant groups;
- Getting work experience in the NHS, charitable organisations working in the area you’re interested in, care organisations offering support to your potential client group eg The Action Group
The presentation also covers the advantages of working in allied health professions – which include:
•Varied working environments
•Work as autonomous professionals and as part of a wider team
•Opportunities both nationally and internationally
•Mixture of science and humanity – Facts, problem solving, analytical, technological, science – People, emotions, uncertainty, caring, life & death
•Over 95% Graduate Employment rate
– plus information about funding such courses – including the new postgraduate loans now available in Scotland.
Want to explore further? – read all the presentation via the link below
and take a look at our online information and advice covering these professional areas.