• Question: whats the worst part about your job?

    Asked by macy to Tom, Rachel, Priya, Jessica, Dan, Beatrice on 11 Mar 2020. This question was also asked by Tasneem__:).
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      Priya Silverstein answered on 11 Mar 2020:

      I think the expectation to move around the world for temporary contracts (e.g. my current job is only for 2 years). It’s not very helpful when you want to settle down and start a family 🙁

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      Beatrice Hayes answered on 12 Mar 2020:

      There’s this thing called Imposter Syndrome. It’s where you think that everyone else is super clever and you’re the odd one out!! Every scientist I’ve ever spoken to says that they’ve had it before too. I’d say that’s the worst part.

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      Jessica Pope answered on 16 Mar 2020:

      For me, it’s marking. I enjoy reading the different ways that students answer the question, but when you’re reading 50 papers on the same topic it can get a little boring…

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      Rachel Reid answered on 19 Mar 2020:

      I’d have to say the report writing as that can take time and sometimes our reports are lengthy too. As a professional group (of EPs, Educational Psychologists) we are always striving to find ways of reducing this time commitment and working towards delivering psychological advice that is meaningful and outcome-focused but without being too wordy. One of the ways we might do that is to consult with school staff and parents and provide a brief summary of what was discussed and the actions to take from this meeting. It is generally more time-intensive in our statutory role which is to write advice for the Education, Health and Care Plan assessments of children and young people.