Psy­chol­ogy stu­dents boost their ca­reer prospects

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THIRD year Psy­chol­ogy stu­dents at Edge Hill had the chance to re­flect on the skills they’ve gained dur­ing their course and en­hance their em­ploy­a­bil­ity at a Drag­ons’ Den event.

Now in its fifth year, it’s part of the final-year Re­flec­tions and Fu­ture Di­rec­tions mod­ule on the Psy­chol­ogy pro­grammes taught by Prof Ge­off Beat­tie.

Its aim is to en­cour­age stu­dents to ac­knowl­edge and re­flect on skills that they have gained at each level of their pro­gramme and to sup­port stu­dents in de­vel­op­ing ideas in prepa­ra­tion for pos­si­ble fu­ture em­ploy­ment in ap­plied ar­eas of psy­chol­ogy or in re­lated pro­fes­sions.

Dur­ing the event, stu­dents are set the task of de­vel­op­ing a prac­ti­cal application of psy­chol­ogy and mak­ing a com­mer­cial pitch to a panel of ex­perts – Fran Cas­sidy, ex-mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor of ITV, TV pro­ducer and di­rec­tor Manus Wynne and Ge­off.

This year’s initiatives cov­ered a very di­verse range, and in­cluded ideas such as a teddy bear to help those suffering from de­men­tia us­ing var­i­ous mem­ory prompts and fa­mil­iar mu­sic, an in­ter­ven­tion with the home­less with a fo­cus on a cost­ef­fec­tive way of pro­vid­ing coun­selling ser­vices to those home­less peo­ple with psy­cho­log­i­cal needs, and ‘your per­sonal PA’ in an app, to al­low more ef­fec­tive time man­age­ment in a digital world.

The win­ning group, com­pris­ing Bethan Crook, Lau­ren Chal­lis, Amy Cor­ri­gan and Jes­sica Dear­den pre­sented ‘Comf-ease’ – a rev­o­lu­tion­ary new way to listen to mu­sic, in a com­fort­able soft head­band with built-in speak­ers, specif­i­cally de­signed for chil­dren with autism.

The Drag­ons liked the prac­ti­cal sim­plic­ity of their pro­posal com­bined with their as­tute ob­ser­va­tions of its po­ten­tial ther­a­peu­tic ben­e­fits.

Third year Psy­chol­ogy stu­dents at Edge Hill at­tended a Drag­ons’ Den event

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