The potential dangers of `career creep’

By Ellen Anderson, Ph.D
January 8th, 2023
Ellen Anderson, Ph.D is a psychologist in private practice in Connecticut who specializes in working with adults coping with medical illness.
Ellen Anderson, Ph.D is a psychologist in private practice in Connecticut who specializes in working with adults coping with medical illness.

My younger colleague regards me with confusion. She is responding to my observation that she seems overwhelmed. “I don’t want to say no and risk limiting my opportunities in the future,” she says.

She is simultaneously writing a manuscript, putting together a conference presentation, seeing clients, and supervising trainees. She juggles these tasks with apparent ease, while also parenting two young children. I wince, remembering how I had felt similarly over the course of my career.

The psychology doctoral degree opens a plethora of potential career opportunities. Graduate students are advised to strive for a wide breadth of experience. In the early years of career development, it is natural to worry about prematurely closing doors.
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