PPP057: Life as an Early Career Psychologist with Glen Tanner


How does a psychologist become a psychologist? What does the training involve? How long does it take? And could YOU last the distance?

In this episode of the Potential Psychology Podcast I’m joined by Glen Tanner, a recently registered Clinical Psychologist and we’re talking about life in the early years of this fascinating career.

Glen and I discuss:

  • The path to become a psychologist in 2019. (Did you know that it takes 8 years?)

  • What led Glen to psychology as his second career?

  • Why he chose clinical psychology as his area of specialty

  • The rigours and challenges of eight years of study

  • The competitive nature of the training and registration process

  • His tips for current and impending students

  • Where he hopes to take his career and make his mark.

Glen’s passion for his work and profession shines through in this informative and enjoyable conversation. A must listen for all trainee and wannabe psychologists.

Glen's tips for overcoming study, work and performance anxiety.

Everyone gets anxious before a major performance, whether that's an exam, an interview, a presentation or a date! But for some, that anxiety can be crippling, and may even prevent you from doing what you love. Whether you struggle a little or a lot with performance anxiety, here are a few practical tips to ensure you shine on your personal stage, no matter how large or small:

  1. Practice, practice, practice. We learn through repetition, and therefore, we learn two crucial things when we practice. First, we learn how to do the skill itself, and thus, we enhance our competence. Secondly, we learn what our capabilities are, and thus, we enhance our self- efficacy. Combined, we learn how to master both our skills and our doubts.

  2. Give yourself a “pep talk”. Many elite athletes and performers give themselves a pep talk pre- performance. That said, you don't have to be an elite athlete or performer to benefit from this strategy. Whether it be a job interview, conference presentation, or you’re getting ready to go on a date, a pep talk can help you prime yourself with positive emotions and boost your confidence.

  3. Focus on what you “can” control. When we feel we don't have full and complete control of a situation, we often feel powerless. However, this isn't necessarily the case, and often, we have more control than we actually think! By shifting our focus towards the things we can control, and away from those we can’t, we define our limitations, and move a crucial step closer towards accepting them. Focusing on what we can control (e.g., our breathing, our emotions, and our reactions etc.), puts us in with the best chance to shine.

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