Doing a PhD – Carly Schnurr

Carly Schnurr

21 Jul Doing a PhD – Carly Schnurr

Course studied: MA Psychoanalysis
Year of graduation: 2016


 

Since leaving Brunel…
I have been studying. When I graduated from my master’s degree, my initial plan was to return to Canada and find work in my field of study. As opportunities arose and changed, however, the direction of my plans changed quite dramatically.

At the moment…
Despite my initial plans to return to Canada and begin my career, I ended up returning to Brunel University to pursue my PhD in Psychology and committing the next three years, at minimum, to my research.

How my career goals have changed…
My career goals have changed a lot since starting my journey at Brunel University. As time goes on, as you meet new people and especially as you learn more about yourself and continue to develop your skills, your interests and passions sometimes begin to change. I was pretty unsure of what exact career path I was interested in when I started at Brunel University, but I am now pursuing a career in part-time lecturing while I undergo clinical training to become a Registered Psychotherapist.

How have I developed professionally since graduating…
Since graduating, I have developed a strong network of colleagues in my academic field and remain in touch with many of these people today. I have definitely developed more professional skills, i.e. stronger interviewing and interpersonal skills.

My advice to recent graduates/students graduating soon…
As cliche as it may sound, it is important to follow the path that brings you the most excitement. Passion lies at the heart of all success. Everybody is equipped with a specific set of skills. It is important to acknowledge the skills that you possess and use them to their fullest potential. Do not compare your journey to anybody else’s – success and achievement looks different and is different for everybody. While things may feel chaotic at times, remember to enjoy the journey – you only get to live it once.