Should I stay or should I go?
I am a junior in college studying psychology. I plan to go to graduate school to attain a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. I have heard people say that it is very difficult to get into clinical psychology programs as a student right out of college because they want their students to have some experience in the field (i.e. research, clinical experience, etc.) Is this true? What do professionals in the field advise I do? In other words should I take a chance and apply to graduate schools right out of college or should I wait 1-2 years and gain that extra "experience" it seems people are saying I should have?
Dr. Ray’s Answer
I don't know your field, but I do know for other professions, they suggest getting summer work experience and/or working with a professor while you are an undergraduate. Doing that can provide good work experience and also helps let you know that you want to stay on the career path that you are on.