Academic Careers Advice: Dr Libby Watson, Lecturer
Watch our 6 quick fire questions with a Clinical Psychologist. Dr Libby Watson is a Lecturer at UEL and as well as being a Clinical Psychologist outside of academia.Transcript
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Watch our 6 quick fire questions with a Clinical Psychologist. Dr Libby Watson is a Lecturer at UEL and as well as being a Clinical Psychologist outside of academia.
Watch her video as she talks about what attracted her to this career, a typical day in the life, top career tips!
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My name is Libby Watson. I’m a clinical psychologist and a lecturer. I completed my professional doctorate at the University of East London, which is where I currently work as a lecturer, and I’m also practising clinically outside of my academic job.
I was attracted to a career in clinical psychology because I was really keen to apply the psychology that I was learning, and I also really valued the breadth that the training offered, as well as the complementary approach of taking kind of research and academic, and applying that to the clinical placement.
As a clinical psychologist and an academic, I don’t really have a typical day, which is part of what I really like about my job.
So in terms of my academic job, at the moment it’s term time, so I might be preparing lecture material or presenting a lecture. I might be having meeting with students about their research or their own development. This, alongside writing, reading and all the administrative work as well, takes up a typical day
at the moment.
As for my clinical work, I see adults one-to-one for psychological therapy and I’m also part of a supervision group, and obviously take notes on clinical contacts that I make.
My top career tip is to really choose something that you value, where your heart is, and I think play to your strengths.
Best bits about my job are the variety and the fact that I’m always learning. I think it poses many challenges which I really find enjoyable. I learn an incredible amount from the students that I teach, from the clients with whom I work, as well as the people around me, so I think it’s a very inspiring profession to go into.
What surprised me about my job? I think I’m continually surprised by my clients and the students, the amount of resilience and strength people show in face of challenges and adversity. I think I can learn a lot from the people that I work with. I’m also surprised by the amount of admin that I have to do. I don’t think that’s going to change.
What would I have told myself at the start of my career? It’s a really good question, and I think I would have told myself to enjoy the journey – every stage of it. Don’t just look at the end points that you’re aiming for – go with the experience as a whole, and see where you end up.
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