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How to cope with psychology job rejections

This article has been adapted from episode 127 of The Aspiring psychologist Podcast. If you prefer you can listen here or watch here. 

In our pursuit of career goals, facing job rejections and disappointments is an inevitable part of the journey. Let's dive deep into this turbulent aspect of professional life together. Picture this: you're scrolling through social media, encountering triumphant job announcements while grappling with feelings of inadequacy. But fear not, because you're not alone in experiencing these challenges. Join me on a journey to unpack the highs, lows, and learning points associated with each rejection email.

Addressing Self-Criticism and Repositioning

Let's start by normalising rejection experiences. Setbacks are common in psychology and all career fields. Instead of succumbing to self-criticism, let's reposition our perspective and build resilience together.


The Key to Success I've been there too, applying multiple times before securing positions in my career. Despite the challenges, perseverance is key. Let's stay committed to our aspirations and embrace the journey with resilience.

Cultivating Supportive Networks

During difficult times, seeking guidance from understanding peers and mentors is crucial. Let's create a supportive environment where we can freely express our feelings and receive validation without judgment.

Reflection and Growth

Let's reflect on our job applications and identify areas for improvement. Seeking feedback from trusted sources and using setbacks as opportunities for growth are essential steps forward.

Exploring Alternatives

In response to job rejections, let's explore alternative paths. Whether through travel, further education, or lateral career moves, let's find new avenues for growth and development outside traditional pathways.

Setting Realistic Expectations

Let's set realistic expectations and prioritise self-care throughout the journey. By aligning expectations with personal circumstances, we can mitigate stress and maintain our well-being.

Celebrating Small Wins

Let's celebrate small victories along the way. Creating tangible reminders of our progress and cultivating a mindset of gratitude can keep us motivated and resilient in the face of challenges.


Embracing the Journey As we conclude, remember that job objections and disappointments are also opportunities for growth and self-discovery. Let's embrace the journey with courage, perseverance, and a supportive community. Together, we can navigate the challenges of professional life with resilience and determination.

In conclusion, our journey towards career success is marked by challenges and setbacks. But by embracing resilience, self-reflection, and a supportive network, we can emerge stronger and better equipped to pursue our professional aspirations. Let's navigate the twists and turns of our career paths together, drawing strength from each other's wisdom and experiences.

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