A LOOK INTO THE ROLE OF A MENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER FOR STUDENTS STUDYING HEALTH IN THE UK

HEALTH STUDIES IN THE UK– IS IT FOR ME? 

Health studies is a degree that is often considered and pursued by prospective students around the world. This is usually because it opens so many doorways for the future; it’s one of the only degree subjects that has such a broad variety of career options. You might be considering this degree yourself, which means you probably have an interest in science or healthcare. That’s another great thing about this degree subject, as not everyone wants to follow the traditional route of becoming a doctor or going into medicine, but with this degree, you can still have a career in healthcare.  

This degree would give you a strong foundation in health and social care, as well as healthcare and law, allowing you to flourish with a starting career in wellbeing or anything similar you’re aiming for.  

Education Mental Health Practitioner 

This is another career path international graduates with a degree in health could pursue in the UK. In this position, you will be focusing on the mental health problems that young people face and ensure that they receive the best possible support.  

You will mainly be working with school-aged children at schools and offering some support and guidance in your capacity as a mental health professional. You could find yourself working with individuals one to one, or with children in small groups depending on what is most appropriate.  

Your general responsibilities will include offering interventions, being empathetic and supportive, recording confidential notes, building rapport, liaising with families and schools as well as promoting a better approach to mental health for everyone.  

Ultimate Earning Potential in the UK for International Students  

Position in Career  Associated Salary (UK)  
Trainee 
Trainee education mental health practitioners usually follow the route of gaining a postgraduate qualification. You can decide to have a degree in another subject, but a relevant one related to children, health, and psychology may be particularly useful. 
£21,892 
Qualified  
Once you are qualified you can begin working in schools and with clients. You may decide to do further training and improve your level of knowledge as you progress in your career. This will impress employers and will be a great addition to your CV.  
£24,907 
Experienced  
Experienced education mental health practitioners have at least half a decade’s worth of working in this role. They may also attend meetings and help guide new colleagues, as well as have more confidence in their abilities. 
£31,365 

Top 10 Employers 

  1. Harris Federation 
  2. Achieving for Children 
  3. Integrated Care Group Ltd 
  4. St Andrew’s Healthcare 
  5. Reading Borough Council 
  6. Health Education England 
  7. Leading Lights Education & Wellbeing 
  8. Beacon Support Ltd 
  9. The Children’s Society 
  10. Bevan Health and Wellbeing 

TOP EMPLOYERS AND WHAT THEY WANT 

Top employers everywhere often want the same thing and look for similar qualities in their candidates. They also have things that they aren’t fond of, such as a lack of work experience or a lack of any previous experience, in general, relating to their chosen career field. Employers usually want candidates who are not perfect but are willing and motivated to be as good as they can be in their jobs, as well as their work lives. Seeing as a health studies degree can open so many different doors in your future, it only shows the absolutely huge range of options you have, which only makes the work experience more important.  

Unfortunately for international graduates – or graduates in general – a degree is no longer sufficient to get you a job on its own. This is because of the fierce competition between them all, so employers really do look for the things that differentiate one graduate from another. The main factor would be work experience as mentioned before, as it showcases your genuine willingness and passion for taking initiative. Even better is that they aren’t too fussy about where you do your work experience or a volunteer since the skills you develop are transferable, so you can just do what you enjoy while improving your CV at the same time.  

In conclusion, as an international graduate looking for work in the UK with a degree in health studies, your only problem may be having too many options to choose from rather than too few as you may have been expecting. These career profiles are not the limit to your options and should only give you a taste of the type of careers that are on offer for you. Despite this, your degree can help you go into many career paths that are not directly related to your degree subject, even ones you believe to be not an option for you. Remember that you only decide your limits and not others.  


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