Shaama Reese (Trainee Educational Psychologist)
Attended St Brendan's 2008 - 2010
Subjects Studied: Art & Design, History, Business, Psychology
Previous School: City Academy
After leaving St Brendan's I went on to do a BSc Psychology at the University of Reading where I came out with a 1st class honours degree. I am currently studying my MSc Development and Psychopathology, along with having an honorary assistant psychologist post with the CAMHS ASD pathway, and in September I will be volunteering on a mental health placement in Sri Lanka with SLV for 4 weeks.
In addition, this followed by completing a MSc in Development and Psychopathology. Since then, I worked for 2 years as Special Educational Needs Teaching Assistant, & I am now doing my Doctorate at the University of Bristol to become a qualified Educational Psychologist.
St Brendan's supported me by giving me really good teaching and support, especially my Psychology teacher who helped me realise that I wanted a career as a professional Psychologist and pushed me to make sure I achieved what I was fully capable of; without this support I don’t think I would now be completing a Doctorate!
My advice would be to really think about what you want to do and to make sure you have the right A-levels to do it, and not just giving up or dropping something in the 2nd year that you're finding hard as it may be really beneficial depending on what you want to go on and do after College
In 10 years’ time I hope to be a fully qualified Clinical Psychologist having done a PhD, and working either in a top end NHS position or for a private company.