Hi, This is a great forum. I was hoping I could tap the collective wisdom of the group. I'm hoping to eventually join a Clinical Ph.D program. I have a very strong academic background, test scores, etc, but as a career switcher, my research experience is not as extensive as many applicants. I know the general area I would like to research; however, I'm coming across few paid opportunities to work in this area. My question is as follows: generally speaking, which looks better on a cv -a strong paid position in an unrelated area of research or unpaid work in a closely related area? I assume the answer depends in part on the quality of the volunteer opportunity. However, in general, which is more highly regarded, having paid research experience or having area-specific research experience? Secondly, if you're looking to eventually study adults, will child-related research in the same area be viewed as very relevant or a much different area? Thanks for your help!