Psychology students boost their career prospects
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.