Hi everyone, I'm hoping someone out there might be able to give some advice. I'll be applying to some apa accredited school psych phd programs come December. I'm very interested in working in a school setting, of course, but am also thinking I might wander into a juvenile detention setting further down the line. Here's the situation. I graduated with a BS in psychology and my GPA was about a 3.1, so nothing great. I had a few years of experience working in group homes with adults with developmental disabilities. I knew I wasn't done with my education, but wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do yet. I ended up receiving my masters in health administration from Weber State out in Utah about six months ago with a 3.9 gpa (it's CAHME accrediated, which is sort of like the APA of MHAs). In the time that I was working towards that, I had a short stint with the state of Michigan where I worked for Children's Protective Services. That was a hard, but great job. I left because there was an administrative opening out by my fiancé that was more in the field of my graduate degree. I am now, and have been for about the last year, the program supervisor for the community mental health agency in my county. I supervisor a group home, the outpatient segment of the agency as well as our work and day program for adults with developmental disabilities. All this while, I've been wondering if I should go back to school for psychology. I've now come to the conclusion that this is really what I want to do. So, for the next year and a half, I have the opportunity to either stay at my current job, or work again for the state of Michigan. This time, it would be in a new role that I think might really help me to be accepted into a program. I was recruited to fill the position of MYOI coordinator, or Michigan Youth Outreach Initiative. I would essentially be a sort of case manager/mentor for adolescents aging out of foster care. I would help them apply to college, counsel them financially, and basically hold trainings in all different kinds of areas that would help them transition into adulthood. These kids are often referred from juvenile justice programs or from foster care workers. My question is, do you think the position with the state is one that would make me a much more competitive candidate for a phd program? Or, should I just stay where I am as a program supervisor? I don't want to go through the hassle of switching jobs for not even a year and a half if it won't make a difference for my ultimate goal. My worry is that I have no research experience, and it's not really possible to get because of where I live. I do help out kids at the local school; my fiancé and I run a donation-based store where kids and their families can come and pick up clothes and hygiene products (he is a teacher). Other than that, I don't have a lot of opportunities anymore to work with children. Any opinions? Thanks a ton.