Our Experiences before becoming a PWP

Our Experiences before becoming a PWP

so hey guys welcome back to this video is going to be about experience that you need to get on to the pwp course so we're going to talk about our experiences and just like what kinds of experience you will need to kind of be able to put on your fashion statement shine okay so shall I ask you first okay yeah do you want to take us through kind of your journey learn what kinds of variants you got before you got into the beautiful keep course okay so experience wise it's funny because I thought it's going to go anywhere I didn't really know about the PW people until last year so early last year so prior to that well before I started uni anyway I was told to take advantage of every single opportunity that comes up and that's exactly what this HD bears take advantage of all opportunities and I feel like for me things have fallen into place quite well wiggly enough but take you through my experiences so whilst I was at uni I was volunteering that support worker and I was working with people who had brain injuries so they had a day Center they're not just doing field support work here and there in between studying and then whilst I was at uni as well I had an opportunity to actually go abroad to do a bit of work so I went to the fatness I went to was Brazil okay add that with the company I was there yes so it's with a company called ISEC so it's a I s-e-c yes yeah Isaac and they offer internships abroad so I got to so that I was lucky enough they had a society after university that was near me so I went to better see if Lester can explain a little personal errand for my undergrads and yeah so I had the opportunity to go abroad to do that internship and I was working in a NGO so no got very good non-government organization and this was also support work role and there I was working with young people who had been through domestic abuse and were homeless or I did a bit of work there and that was an amazing opportunity because there I've got to come to grips with that was like my one of my first few encounters with mental health as well so seeing how they do things in their service as well in that place and then when I came back I went to Ghana I stood there off work as well Wow from Ghana is where I'm from guys yes I did a bit of work there as well our anti volunteering so I was actually shadowing I had opportunity to go to a mental health hospital new his old shadowing their mental health nurse and that was very very eye-opening as well I've seen the differences between what they do like abroad and what they do here and yeah seeing how we sort of take things for granted sometimes absolutely yeah but that is a whole completely different video so this was during uni and then once I graduated I acquired four I remember that was one of the most stressful periods trying to find work to do because at the time I wanted to become a clinical psychologist but I knew that it was going to be quite a lengthy journey so I had to find something in between to gather the skills and so learn a bit more about mental health so that summer I ended up working with what the challenge that's it Mary what's challenge so this is so bad because I worked with them for that two years this is terrible but some of you might know the challenge it's basically doing mentoring bras with young people so I believed at ages that art work and therefore from thank you sad songs 14 14 15 is there like a link or something that we can fit in this yes yeah okay so we'll put that there yes way yes yeah the timings of something I guess you can forget because it's like oh you have to do quite a bit of experience to get on sort of any kind of role but no yeah no it's good then see us pursue it NCS sorry I'm so sorry what was that I love NCS as well I'm so sorry guys if there's any NCS rhythms up to three nights oh I'm so sorry forget it but yeah so what an NC air man for National Citizen Service bye okay yes yeah so they have a program that run throughout holiday so to endure summer holidays and during the autumn half term for young people and it's like a personal development program and they have loads of different roles that you can do so if you're looking for some temp work I'm going to give the link and that's my so if you can put in the description so if anyone's looking for that so yeah did that and then after that ended so I thought by the time I finish that I would have found a job reality kicked in and I had a family thing and it was oppression September I was like what am I going to do so what okay it's about MCS like what kinds of skills did it give you and what kind of job did you expect to get from it okay so because I was working with young people the skills I would say that firstly be organized because you were in charge of a group of young people so making sure that you know what's happening next in the program and we need to do we need to take them so that organization I would say people management as well and being able to cater to different types of people different learning styles which was good because in I remember some of the bricks that I had I in the same people have like a young person who has been diagnosed with autism and then I also had the young person mother who was visiting a PhD okay so those are quite different learning styles of course yeah so being able to you know compromise with resources that work for each one even though they're working in the same room and doing activities that everyone benefit from so thinking outside the box and problem-solve in there's the kind of skills that I picked up from its yes and what it was what was it that the challenge or NCS helped clients do like what kind of service where you bring them so it was a personal commitment program right for that okay thank you okay so rather explain I'm asking questions across 35 yeah or not but yeah okay so that you helped them build themselves up a bit yeah in terms of that skills yeah yeah so they were at the transition I think it was from secondary school to college yeah so yeah those kind of the skills that you need to be able to carry on forever education playing if you know different people different challenges that Philips knee out up so there was things such as you know what climbing and canoeing much fun it was really hard it was really fun I highly recommend it if you want to get some experiences working with young people and different types of young people as well they also have those different roles and that was something that I really enjoyed yeah so um I think it's just that so what did you do after you did the NCS so what what part of so after you graduated you then gone on to do this okay you almost up straight away or was that a couple of months after or what had it work so that was straight away yeah lucky so I had done that program the year before as well during the summer job yeah yeah yeah so I knew that that was gonna end by the beginning or the end of book one hmm so that meant that I had to be quick in terms of finding this topic that is full-time there's gonna pay my bills long term wise yes yeah that was just okay but in terms of what after nexts yeah I applied for everything and anything it was quite a really stressful period of time but luckily I found something eventually and turning what was quite quick as well so with that I got a role as a senior support worker and that was working in the rehabilitation recovery home so I dare I was working with clients who had what I'd maze with schizophrenia I'm associated mental health issues so here's a friend yard with basic gear question that time stuff so I was there for a year and everyone who has done support work knows how dreamy yeah it's a lot of you Tastefully man physically yeah and the hours oh my god I was doing I'm gonna do it eight to eight it's a 12-hour shifts talk about my chair all done then yeah and done then you're gonna have to do them yeah at some point yeah yeah but that was a really as challenging and demanding as it is I think that was one of the best experiences I've had in terms of just getting to know different types of people because sometimes you know you can be stuck in a bubble you're any surrounded by more so a so caliber of people working in that space you get to know yeah it gets to know about different mental health disorders as well yeah being able to support people with some tasks which you might think comes easy to people but for others it might not so developing patient yeah yeah I think one thing to just point out is that psychology professions can sometimes be seen as an anita profession where you are a certain caliber of person or status before you can get there and that's really really not the case like you need to be able to be personable and approachable to the people who are finding life the most difficult and if you haven't done personal care or if you have the mobility care or done at the work of a support worker not that that is a low job or I don't how to explain that not gonna do you know what I mean like not that that's not a worthy job in any way because it is the most important people are the people are who are on the front line like health care workers has more work unless you understand a person's life from that point of view you're never going to be able to connect with them in that role as like a senior alike practitioner like as a psychologist or like the CBT therapists or some kind of secretary best so you really need to I think in my personal experience I think that it's really important that if you do get experience a support worker that will only help you understand your client's needs because you're going to be working from with people from different social statuses and different areas of life so you know you might get people that are very privileged in my life but you will also get people who don't even have the basic necessities and you just need to understand that I guess yeah yeah whoever who have basic given at their lowest point yeah yeah I'm sorry carry on no I don't know right that's perfect for me that just summarizes some of the things that come out of doing yeah and yet for me like even just to touch upon that a little bit I think that's something at the beginning that found very very difficult so being told that I need to do personal care when I've just spent three years studying yeah and you want to comment on to do personal care at the beginning I was like yeah you're like ego and your sense of pride or anything that you might have and make sure you think that you're too good for that down the drain because you have to start start from the bottom now I'm here oh I see like what I'm not saying that's what work of roles or anything like that or bottom or down there anything like that because they're not there they are recognized and valuable roles within themselves and people do them for many many many years and love doing it but what I'm saying is that if that's not your own goal and you want to be but from that you're gonna start from that yeah yeah so no no worries so yeah I've got a lot of experience from doing that and then after about a year I think I was ready to move on so he got the point where I knew I think I had learned most of the things that were meant to be that place it was just time to meet a naturally yeah so I went on to do a similar role so this timer was as a community support worker yeah and I was working in a day Center so no long shifts and he wasn't there it's a this was this your your normal 9:00 to 5:00 and I was doing that I was with our Synod a centaur we're working with people who had yeah and that was really good experience as well there were times when obviously naturally you feel very trained and very tired but it was very important role in terms of skills that I developed from that as well so there I was assisting with various different types of therapy so because of the nature of what the plants were going through we in order to bring out their sensory skills that we were doing my hydro therapy art therapy cooking third yeah or them kind of things and it was yeah it was really interesting really really interesting and during that time I think because the role itself wasn't as mentally demanding it was physically demanding but not for me anyway was a mentee yeah so I had time I did yeah it's time to be able to think about what my next steps were and then later on down the line so that was like last year that's when I came across the peel at the P loss of my friends he was applying for so just askew so the from the point of when you graduated so you think the PW Bo what what yeah how is that so I graduated in 2016 and I got into the course 2018 September so it's two years of experience yeah yeah which if you think about it that's not a lot for you to obtain to to get you know the PDP well what do you think oh I think it depends yeah I review in some aspects because in terms of working with common mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression I didn't have much experience with that I think my experience was more step 5 set for a second do care services yeah yeah yeah complex mental problem so there was a previous that goes there yeah what's that that step forward for yeah so my experience more step four Oh hiya yeah Saoirse mmm in that sense at the beginning it was in terms of doing the pwp role my knowledge wasn't where maybe when it should have been so that aspect I do agree however I'll say that with the Rho itself it's actually know like it's you learn as you go mmm so that aspect of it compensates the way even though the learning curve I've become a bit steeper it's still doable yeah yeah yeah I think the reason my assets because a lot of the questions I get is how to spin it so I really need to get open-ended because I think it's not so much about the quantity it's more about the quality so like he said common mental health problems is what you're going to be working with it step two so that's the experience that you need to show that you have dealt with people from all walks of life with common mental health problems self common being the key word means that everybody experiences their me and as the experience them you experience them people with schizophrenia psychosis in step four or higher services will experience them as well so it's just demonstrating that as best as possible within a personal statement to then to say that I have worked with people become common mental health problems maybe as well as complex mental health problems so as a pwp how would that help you so I guess in that sense it would be that it would help you determine who would be appropriate for step two services which people work in but also it would help you to identify who's not perfect for our services because you've seen what complex metals suspect so then you'll be like okay you're not right for me I know website question I know that you eat a new cat and it's home songs so I think another thing that really helped me with my application and really made me stand out because it would be Emeril you need to stand out because there's a lot of people and apply for this post it's really popular so your experiences need to stand out so I guess with the range that I've done from doing things abroad from doing things here and working and they're people it's friendlier and they're so awesome because of that piece of advice that I was given to take advantage of every opportunity you naturally feelings did fall in place but I was gonna say I think that we need something that we can push my application I believe anyway is the projects that I'm doing outside of the whole works and that should be because they want to see that you're passionate and you're motivates again it's not something that you're doing just to get to the next thing yeah is offering them what to say long-term so if you are really passionate about something then you would be spending the spare time that you have doing this yes so it just happened to be that I have inside out which is my project that I started working on since information in the description box below so you guys can see everything about what inside-out is about yeah yes so having that to talk about as well during the assessment stage so as I've mentioned in previous videos anything sage for me was quite lengthy or for anyone any violent and doing that presentation I think on that day I realized how people can peek themselves so the experience there's only so much experience out there so a lot of people have done the same thing yeah like support work assist a psychologist even yeah yeah yeah and we were all doing our presentations in front of each other wow that's anxiety you're okay that's me so I was hearing the same big favorite over again and just so happened to be that I had those things in my presentation as well yeah so then really last minute I started talking about the project yeah yeah I was but yeah books yeah and after doing that that's what I believe you know put you up there and put you up one step ahead of the people like for the place really and yeah so that's my journey so close yeah in the people keywords or into the people who keywords yeah and who do you feel that that now that you're kind of in the role that the things that you are learning and applying that you feel that your experience has set you up for that a hundred and ten percent no other way I keep on saying this but for me everything has fallen into place I know might believe it's a case for everyone but those experiences that I have been valuable and majority of those skills are transferable in terms of being able to talk to people talk to patients having that professionalism you able to organize yourself all of those things are transferable and you can apply them in Kapila bpy so it's really important yeah now I think that you covered most I think that's what it was the purpose of this video is to show you a journey how you've got experience you've built your experience with common mental health problems which is the key thing but also that you've done it in different modes of delivery so you've worked with people one-to-one face to face telephone and you've done groups organize groups and you didn't talk much about computerized CPT's that's a very highly experienced in or what do you think those so that's something that I haven't had experience and then I don't have experience with okay so in my service I believe once you're qualified that's when we'll be able to go on to do the competence yes I guess that shows that you don't need everything within the job description and person spec and you don't have to cover everything to get the role you need the basics and also something else just make you shine yeah that will help you to kind of get that upper hand in receiving and if I for an interview or something like that yeah thank you for sharing that and if anyone has any questions for me please comment to comment below and slide in Mackey yeah so an Instagram account so I'll link that information below as well so if you've got any questions about the training of all anything psychology related a I'm sure you'll be happy yeah yeah okay so my experience has been slightly different so I started off by doing undergraduate psychology and whilst I was doing my undergrad I did like a normal call center job I didn't do anything in mental health really and once I finished my undergrad which was in the SCE Health Service you always Europe your undergrad in psychology should have just drop straight to a podium okay and the only way was to do a master's but nobody was getting a job with masters nobody was progressing with masters any more than anybody else that didn't have it so then my idea was just get as much work experience as possible so I'm a little bit older then but you don't I ate and I finished my undergrad in 2013 so I start I took a gap year after after a lot of couple years after and college as well so didn't really know what I wanted to do with my life so and anyway so I ended up getting having to have more years of experience to Galus the p2p people that NASA did so yes my finished my undergrad and then I went straight on to do their healthcare worker post and I was doing that within a domiciliary and home care environments which means that you go into people's homes and you help them with mobility personal care and administering medication meals things like that so and a little bit like the company care watch what they do so I did that for about three months and then I got promoted to a senior post where I was basically [Laughter] provides them you know what they're doing so I did that within one company and then and it went well and learned a lot about management managerial duties dealing with power balance oh my god having people have a supervisor that's 23 was just not it didn't sit well with a lot of people so that made me learn about a lot about myself being assertive and things like that and but also it helped me to get an experience on being a lot more professional within a role where you are assessing risk and understanding how to manage care plans and assigning how to talk to families and liaison with other professionals whereas the care staff of what I used to be never used to be me do that so that's the experience I got from them so I did that within two companies and then after that I went on to work in forensics so okay yeah so I didn't really want to stay in home home care and residential care because I don't I knew that it wasn't really what I want to do I was to work with more complex mental health problems rather than personal care or like okay make sense so I went in to do forensics and I started again from a healthcare worker post and I did a healthcare website post for about a year and then I got promoted to an assistant psychologist role so that's where I basically got a lot of my experience as a healthcare worker I dealt with working with people on the front line so complex mental health problems common mental health problems managing goals and expectations integrating back into the community because they were offenders and obviously they were in a forensic environment so well it was forensic psychology so and they've been in the system a long time so it's helping them kind of come up with plans of how to do that and very similar to like what we help clients in pwp well do as well like notice differences between an old me and a new need so what kinds of habits am I not going to go back to what kinds of habits am I gonna try to stick to that's what to say like that that difference it helped me to do that what were your visions like so you know how much I can say they were great you know it was fun it was an offender's unit it was they you know if you read up on these streets and things like that it can be very very difficult sometimes to process that information but that is the whole point of psychology and if you want to work in forensics that you have to have a complete non-judgmental approach like you will have your biases everybody has their biases that's what makes you who you are however and you are there to do it you have a duty of care to that person you have a role to fulfill and that's what you're there for and so if you can focus on that have fun with that then you know you'll do well but no it was a scary environment of the most challenging behavior a lot of things that sometimes missed your own safety and that's where you have strahle training that's why you knew how to do a team intervention things like that and so you had to be very organized and CUDA and very on the ball all the time it wasn't like a job that you could take a step back from and go have a nice gonna see it sit down like you can do that with your clients obviously and with the patients that you were in it wasn't in the hospital so you could do that with some patients but obviously you had to be very careful about your surroundings at all times so always on image always on edge that told me a lot of anxiety absolutely so the same with you and 12-hour shifts of constantly being on on edge just making sure that you're managing your safety and the safety of others and also your patients because you know you're here you're there to the classes as well and but yeah so that's the experience I got on the frontline then as an assistant psychologist I learned more about the formalities of running an intervention so we're a groups we created a manual for intervention as well so that helped me understand how you go from creating literature to actually implementing strategies and tools and how to test they work things like that so that was really interesting and we worked with families again just being able to kind of manage that home visits and things like that that was also really important and then it was about kind of shadowing clients out in the community so they would learn how to do something to take themselves away from their old me behaviors to their new me behaviors and then you would test it out in the community and you would have to like such a fusspot check them or shadow them to make sure that they're following their patterns things like that and that was all interesting and so again that gave me a lot of experience about how to plan and do an appliance pensions and according to evidence-based practices so that's something that I also was able to put in my person same thing and and then just difficult dynamics so obviously within therapeutic relationships and things like that you're gonna come across very difficult dynamics where you're not going to get on with every client and it's about managing those as best as possible in a professional way and seeking supervision and getting the support that you need in order to do those things as well so that's also what I got from that role and yeah so I applied for the pwp role after a year of doing that because my fundings for the assistant cycle role because it was a chronic role came to an end so I would have had to revert back to a healthcare worker role and I was like really oh I watch and it's exactly the same approach that you heard about saying yes to every opportunity so I went onto the NHS of jobs website and applied for everything everything that would allow me to like apply for with a BSC psychology degree and a better experience it was hard wasn't easy it was so hard to find these roles but I think that there's so much more choice and variety now than there was before years ago so much and CNN went and playing an AFI three times for the pwp post my grants the third occasion how many times did you buy veterinary I applied so in the same setting you need so in the same like year would you be that different just I just didn't general I guess how many times that you have like so I applied like how many interviews did you get and though I only had one car just willing to be yes that's really good okay so our objections with my Nashua is upward to probably about five different applications yeah just takes up one place yeah yeah and I think you're right in saying that everything builds you up to put you where you need to be I honestly strongly believe that that everything will fall into place and the more that you say yes but more you'll find that things fall into place for you the more you reject because of not being able to move or being worried about how you travel to a certain place if you figure those things out later like never worry about mission until you're offered the position yeah anyway yeah cuz even with mine the one that I applied to I first applied to Ubuntu yeah yeah and then they rejected and they don't know what this is yeah and then I'll just apply in like all over England yeah and yeah the one place that said it was safe are really far so Anthony's well it turned out to be a good decision that's why I'm here yeah and that you know just goes to show that if you're going to be picky then you're going to be limiting yourself you have to just put yourself out there the more that you do that that easier it will be for you to get to the goals that you have but and it's understandable that if you've got children and commitments things like that it's not always going to be you possible but you need to think about pros and cons and the thing is it's just a yeah it's just a yeah and ask that yeah you can go back to the service closer to home because it's not harder it's it's hard to get to the PD with you training than it is to actually get a qualified feed of a few job from my experience so yeah that's the advice that I would give but I guess that's my journey up until the pwp role yeah and it's definitely opened my eyes up to so many more opportunities that come after because you're thinking right what could I do now just automatically makes you but another thing to say that you can just stay in the world just be happy in their hand yeah just enjoy it yeah if it's not fit that you're considering it sure if they aren't sure about speak to people like us about my experiences or a bit of research if you do happen to get onto the horse you better try stick it out for a year do you be able to see whether it's for you or not yeah yeah well if you've not gotten that top then you can't do it you've got to have a desktop or a laptop or something to be able to do it my battery's about to run our satellites okay and so do you watch her say anything else yeah okay so I guess that's their kind of experience that you need to be able to get onto the pwp course if you've got any specific questions about anything else that we have mentioned today and don't hesitate people comment below or check us out on our Instagram pages which I'll also link below and thank you as always for watching and I hope you enjoyed the video and yeah don't forget to like subscribe share the video and hopefully I will see you guys in the 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4 thoughts on “Our Experiences before becoming a PWP

  1. Hi there,

    I just want to say that I found your channel a few days before my Trainee PWP interview,

    and because of everything I learned from what you so passionately explained in all of your videos,

    they offered me the job.

    I just wanted to thank you so much for everything.

  2. Thank you very insightful and useful information 👍🏼

    I just completed an assessment day although I passed the tests others out did me so have been put on the reserve list. But taking your advice I will continue applying!

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