Jessica Faulkner

Clinical Research Worker, Institute of Jessica Faulkner profile pic Psychiatry, King's College London

BSc Psychology with Criminology, 2012

What made you choose Middlesex University?

I chose Middlesex University for several reasons. It was one of very few universities close to where I live that offered combined degrees with accreditation. I found this very appealing. I also liked the facilities at Middlesex and I appreciated the expertise of some of the lecturers on my course.

What aspects of your course did you enjoy most?

I enjoyed the practical elements of my course, which included conducting experiments and observations, along with carrying out my end of year project. I also enjoyed the combined aspect of the course which enabled me to learn about two separate subjects simultaneously.

What is your fondest memory of life at Middlesex?

I thoroughly enjoyed my entire experience at Middlesex. I have particularly fond memories of the diverse friendships I made and the overall support network these offered me. Several of the lecturers on my course were fantastic teachers and also offered a great amount of support.

How did your course and time at Middlesex help you to get where you are professionally today?

My time at Middlesex enabled me to learn and develop skills that have helped me in my hectic but enjoyable working life. These include organisation and communication skills, especially written communication skills. It also equipped me with a vast amount of knowledge pertaining to psychology and I have been able to apply this in my current job.

What are the pros and cons of working within your professional field?

The pros are that I am able to use my skills and knowledge to help people and change their lives, which is a great feeling. This said, it can be quite difficult to keep on top of a huge workload! There are also times when one can be presented with challenging and highly emotive situations.

How did you get your foot on the career ladder post university?

I secured a two-month voluntary placement and was then offered a full-time paid job. 

What has been your defining career break or highlight to date?

Securing a job at the Institute of Psychiatry as it is a fantastic place to be!

What does the future hold for you?

I am hoping to continue working in this field until I gain a sufficient amount of experience and can apply to a Clinical Doctorate Programme. My ultimate aim is to train as a Clinical Psychologist.

What are the top three career tips you would give to current students and recent graduates?

Work hard at university. Grades are very important and reflect how ambitious you are, which can be attractive to employers. Be proactive; jobs won't find you! Gain as much practical experience as you can, even if this is acquired on a voluntary basis. Finally, enjoy university while it lasts and make the most of being a student!

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