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Seven reasons to study Counselling, Psychotherapy & Occupational Therapy

For those considering a degree in Counselling, Psychotherapy & Occupational Therapy but need further convincing, we lend our expertise. Here are seven compelling reasons to study this subject area.

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1. Make a real difference

One of the keys to job satisfaction is knowing that you're doing something worthwhile. Very few professions offer the chance to make a significant difference to someone else's life on a day-to-day basis in the same way that being a counsellor or therapist does.

2. Something you can use in real life

Unlike many university degrees, a Counselling, Psychotherapy & Occupational Therapy degree will give you skills that you can use in a personal capacity as well as a professional one. Of course, nobody wants to take their work home with them, but if you have a friend or family member who needs some support, you'll be able to offer more than just a shoulder to cry on.

3. Exciting degree choices

Counselling, Psychotherapy & Occupational Therapy degrees offer attractive combined honours options, such as with Psychology or Criminology. It teaches transferable skills like presentation, research and communication, an excellent personal understanding and empathetic mindset, and the ability to work in complex situations.

4. Range of areas to focus on

Many counsellors and therapists work in a specific area of the field. So whether it's relationship counselling, art therapy, educational support or any of the numerous other options, there's bound to be something that piques your interest.

5. Practical experiences

Degrees in this subject area often have a strong practical focus. You’ll be able to apply what you learn in the classroom into practice, as you may spend a lot of time in clinical sessions and placements.

6. Work with people

Counselling, Psychotherapy & Occupational Therapy, unlike many other areas, allows you to interact with people every day. Few subjects will lead to a career with more opportunities to do so. You get to work as part of a supportive and inspiring multidisciplinary team to provide the best care possible for patients and clients.

7. Professional accreditation

After three or more years of study, you may not want or be ready to work towards another qualification. The good news is that with professional accreditation typically coming with most courses, Counselling, Psychotherapy & Occupational Therapy graduates are all set to enter a career working in the field.

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