Aysha SajidPsychology BSc (Hons)
"Being a student ambassador at City University was a great experience! I was even given the opportunity to take part in The Lord Mayor's Parade."
What has been your greatest experience at City so far?
Being a student ambassador at City has by far been my best experience at City! I’ve loved getting to know City staff, students and prospective students whilst working in a range of events including university open days and graduation ceremonies. I was also given the opportunity to take part in The Lord Mayors Parade which I felt honoured to be a part of!
How has the Lord Mayor Scholarship helped you? Did it influence your decision to study at City?
It definitely influenced my decision to study at City! I think it’s great that the Lord Mayor of London scholarship recognises your achievements and rewards students who work hard during A-levels. What’s more is you continue to be rewarded if you maintain that standard of work for each year spent studying at university. It’s a great incentive to do well!!!
What is your dream job once you graduate?
I want to be a Clinical Psychologist in the NHS and hope to have my own practice one day! At the moment, I am particularly interested in eating disorders (e.g. anorexia, bulimia) and substance misuse (otherwise known as addictions) but as I gain more and more clinical experience, the area I want to specialise in will become clearer to me.
What appeals to you most about this profession?
My interest was initially sparked by studying psychology at A-levels which led me to seek voluntary roles in which I could gain experience of working in a psychological capacity. Commitments I took up as a result of this initial interest included volunteering in the NHS, mentoring a dyslexic student, working with two 8-year old autistic twins, assisting in a special needs school classroom and working in a forensic care home. I am constantly looking for new areas within psychology to gain experience but studying psychology at City has definitely confirmed my interest in pursuing a career as a Clinical Psychologist.
What kind of qualities do you think you will need to succeed in this role?
The kinds of qualities that are required in order to succeed in becoming a Clinical Psychologist include motivation, resilience, determination, passion, but hard work underlies all of these since my eligibility into this role is based on me graduating with a 2:1 or 1st class degree. It is very rare to gain clinical experience with professional clinical psychologists as an undergraduate, so I’ve got to be determined and persevere in finding placements myself. Without my motivation though, succeeding in this goal would be very difficult because placements are often voluntary and require lengthy commitments ranging from 3 – 12 months. Juggling this with my university and personal commitments requires passion but I believe these qualities are helping me to achieve my goal!
How has City helped you towards achieving this goal?
The careers centre at City has provided a lot of support in helping me towards achieving my goal. They regularly arrange events whereby professionals in a variety of psychology sectors visit and provide an insight into the industry. This is helpful because as an undergraduate, it is hard to gain a realistic insight into Psychology careers, this is more likely to be accomplished postgraduate. Furthermore, staff from the Psychology department and careers centre at City are great aids in achieving my goal. I have been able to approach current practitioners, my personal tutor and careers advisors to discuss the experiences I have acquired so far and how best to further develop my chances of becoming a Clinical Psychologist. These services have also helped in providing me with mock assessments and interviews as well as checking over my job applications.
What are your hopes for a future career?
I hope to run my own practice, employing various kinds of psychologists in order to support individuals with a variety of mental health problems.