Learned Lessons: Practical Career Tips From Psych Congress Experts
Psych Congress Steering Committee member Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC, also encouraged the Elevate attendees to stay open to opportunities that come their way. She said her career began with a simple plan, but became a circuitous maze instead.
“Don’t turn a blind eye or a blind ear to any opportunity because you never know who you might be speaking to,” said Dr. Jain, a psychologist in private practice and Adjunct Clinical Affiliate, School of Nursing, University of Texas at Austin. “The doors must remain open. We never know what’s going to be on the other side.”
Finding ways to collaborate with other professionals is helpful when working in private practice, which can be isolating, she said. Having a mentor will help you be able to regroup and adapt when a plan doesn’t work out, she added.
Dr. Jain also spoke about the importance of following wellness principles for yourself, not just for patients.
“Work without passion is just work and your wellness will hit the tank, so be watchful of that,” she said.