Devyani Singha

Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) MSc

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  • Year of graduation: 2020
  • Current job title: Psychologist
  • Organisation: Amigo and Freelance
  • Industry Sector: Mental Health

Your University Experience

Why did you choose your course at UON?

UON was my first and only choice when I was applying from India. The program structure was the main aspect which stood out for me, I liked the fact that there were practical classes wouldn’t just be all theory. The new campus was also an additional bonus as I really liked the infrastructure as well. Northampton as a place to live added to the decision as I enjoy living in places with have an historical feel to and not just the busy city life.

What aspects of the course did you enjoy the most and why?

I really enjoyed the personal interactions that we had in class, it was not just to learn the concept and call it a day. We discussed cases, personal lived experiences and true-life journeys which made me feel connected with my cohort and the professors as well. It was a massive change from the Indian education system and really propelled my career and personal development as well. My favourite part of the course was the roleplay as it helped me become a better professional and learn tools which I still practice to date.

Your university to career journey

Describe your career progression so far, and any plans you have for the future. Are there any hurdles you may face?

I can now proudly say that I have my own set of clientele which is not easy to establish in India as there is a lot of saturation. I have been confident enough in taking webinars for individuals for different needs.  The hurdles that I might face in the future would be related to license as in India there is no regulatory body for Psychologists and they only exist for Clinical Psychologist, so we will have to see how to navigate through that when the time comes.

Which, if any, skills and knowledge/understanding gained on your degree are most useful in your current role?

Open to learning and being creative in your approach has been my major takeaways from my course. I used to follow certain patterns while working but now I allow myself to take some time and research various techniques which will be useful for the clients I work with. Plus, I have seen that therapy then doesn’t seem very difficult or impossible for them as well.

Are you currently involved in any community or volunteering projects?

I hold an honorary position as a Vice President with Women’s Indian Council of commerce and industry (WICCI) by working alongside 30 mental health professionals for the state of Delhi in India. We work towards spreading mental health awareness and have sent recommendations to the State Government as well. All work done in the council is pro bono basis.

Extra-curricular activities

What extra-curricular activities did you participate in whilst studying at UON?

I was a student ambassador, and I also volunteered my time with ‘The Voice’ that makes a difference NGO which worked with special needs children and their families.

How did these extra-curricular activities enhance your career prospects?

I got the opportunity to interact with different individuals which was one of my goals when I came to the UK. I wanted to take in the diversity which they had to offer, and this was the best way to achieve that in my perspective. I grew more confident and got to learn so much more than I could have asked for. It was a great humbling experience as well.

Your advice

In one sentence, what advice would you give to undergraduates interested in this career path or anything you wish you had known earlier?

Talk to as many people as possible. Everyone has so much knowledge to give and share, take advantage.

In ten words, or less how would you summarise your UON experience?

It was a life changing decision and an experience that I will remember till the end.