Psychology students got fresh insights into a career in this competitive industry at an all-day event held at One in Ipswich.
Six different organisations came in to talk to students about their jobs including James Beal, a sports psychologist from the University of East London who has worked with Premier League Football Clubs and Olympians.
James said, "It was a pleasure to give up my time for this occasion. I spoke about my job and explained how I try and encourage positivity of thought within sport, no matter what the circumstances."
James talked about penalty taking in light of the recent announcement that the England National football team will be employing someone to specifically support them during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. On the penalty issue, James, added, "Lots of study has gone into this. Three quick points that seem to work relate to the fact that you should always celebrate if you score in a shoot-out, you should maintain eye contact with the goalkeeper as long as possible and you should also link arms as a team and try and get as close to the goalkeeper as you can."
Assistant head of faculty for business, languages and psychology at One – Phil Page - organised the event with his team. He said, "Our students benefit greatly from talking to people who are working in industry. They got fresh insights into the subject they are studying and we are grateful to all the individuals who gave up their time to come and support this event."
Other guests included Lulu Preston – a clinical psychologist from West Suffolk Hospital. Lulu, said, "The students were very receptive and engaged. I talked through my work but ultimately told them that they need to do something that makes them feel good about themselves and to do something that they enjoy. That’s true in any work you do."
Lucy Overton is a forensic psychologist. She is employed by the prison service and has regularly worked with people serving life sentences. On this issue, she said, "A lot of my work relates to positive engagement. Many of the people I work with may be detached from life and my job is to find out why and try and make them re-engage. I talked about these experiences and also advised everyone to try and get their foot in the door as soon as possible. Getting experience is the key."
One student, Kayleigh Skene has just been offered a place at Sidney Sussex in Cambridge. She said, "This has given me more of an idea and focus in terms of what I would want to do eventually. Ideally I would like to incorporate forensic and clinical psychology into my further study and go on and do a Masters. Overall the event was very insightful."