I first found out that I was accepted for the Erasmus internship programme
abroad, I got so excited and I was looking forward to arriving to Birmingham
and start working as a professional psychologist. The place Ι was going to work
was the Forensic Psychology Practice Limited (FPP), which is a private practice
of Forensic and Clinical Psychologists providing a wide range of psychology
services to social, health, and criminal justice agencies.
When the day I was about to leave Cyprus arrived, it was hard leaving my beloved ones behind, even if I knew this was about to take a short time of period. Fortunately, my best friend from the university was joining me in this experience. Many thoughts crossed my mind, but I knew this opportunity was a once in a lifetime.
The first night in Birmingham was difficult, with many
worries inside my head about how working in the real world would look like. However,
FPP made me feel like home from the first day. Jodie and Lauren, Assistant
Psychologists at FPP, made an impressive presentation during my induction
training days about the goals and expectations of the organization. FPP was starting
to make my dream come true as I knew that I would gain a deep knowledge and valuable
experience related to clinical psychology!
After spending a few weeks at the organization, I had to
take an assessment, which was referred to my observations of a client’s behaviour,
clinical interview and ways to approach him/her effectively and finally arrive
at a diagnosis and guide treatment.
Engaging in psychology work experience abroad, helped me
gain a wealth of skills that are necessary for my future career. This was a
great opportunity for me to apply the theoretical knowledge I had from the
university into a practical level. Apart from that, working with people from different
cultures and lifestyles, has helped me not only become a better practitioner
but a better person as well. Finally,
yet importantly, I’ve become more confident and independent in myself.
Enough words for my work experience! Let’s speak about what
weekends were made for in Birmingham. One of the most impressive events I joined was
the LTA Tennis Final in Birmingham, which was something I will never forget! In
addition, I joined many networking events that the company organized and met
new people from different disciplines. There is also a variety of museums to
visit and plenty of English traditional foods and tastes, ranking Nando’s and
as Franco Manca as my favourite places for dining.
On the last day of my internship, my colleagues organized a farewell
party for me!
This made me feel special and satisfied with the choice I
Without any doubts, I’m going to miss working in this place
and all these amazing people I met during my placement.
We still keep in touch on Social Media and hopefully one day
we will meet again.
I will finish this blog post by explaining why #UCLanians should participate in at least one Erasmus+ programme abroad either as a student or for work placement! UCLan Cyprus participates in the Erasmus+ 2014-2020 programme, giving the unique opportunity to all the current students to work or study abroad for a short time of period.
Erasmus+ programme will help you improve your communication,
inter-cultural skills, but also make you valuable and attractive to the future
employers. And most importantly, you will make memories for a life.
I would like to firstly thank the MSc Forensic Psychology Academics at UCLan Cyprus who contributed in making this happen, as well as my working colleagues at the FPP who have helped in making my life in Birmingham a lot easier.