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across your lifespan


Mission & Mindset

  • As a psychologist starting off, it should be easy to define your passion and goals.

  • To make them a reality be sure to plan your career, don't let someone else plan it for you.

  • Would you like to work for a small, large organisation?  Hospital, school or Government? Your own practice?

  • What are your longer term goals and is your current role going to get you there?

  • Do you consider yourself a generalist or a specialist? There are benefits to both, so which suits you?

Who am I?

  • Who are you?  The person in the room, not just the psychologist? Not the theoretical framework you work in, not your qualifications and accolades. But the person, who's job it is to connect with another person.

  • What would you communicate about yourself?

  • What are the boundaries around what to share?  How much is enough and how much is too much?

Next Steps?

  • As an experienced clinician what are your next steps?

  • Do you like the idea of building a large practice or the flexibility of being a sole trader?

  • What other passive income streams could you consider that might allow you some extra time while still drawing an income?

  • Is it time to diversify?  Psychology lends itself to part time work.  What other work could compliment what you do now. Do you want more of the same or something completely different while still working as a psychologist?


Preventing Burnout

  • Burnout is very common in psychology.

  • How are you managing your stress?

  • Do you feel you can take breaks and holidays?

  • Is the work you are doing still offering meaning / purpose?

  • Do you have adequate support and / or supervisor?

  • Is it time to evaluate how you are working and seeing if things need to change in order to sustain a long term career in psychology?


Exit Strategy

Anticipate your exit:

  • How long do you plan to work?

  • What happens to your client files if you decide to close your practice?

  • How could your business be managed in your absence?

  • Plan your exit strategy well before you decide to retire.

Late Career

  • You have a wealth of knowledge. What can you give back?  

  • Could you supervise, write a book?

  • Is it too late to go back to school? Has that PhD been calling your name?

  • Are there volunteer projects you would like to get involved in?

  • What is a non-practicing psychologist?

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