What's the best way to use a psychology degree?
I love the field of psychology, but I don't love being poor. What's the best way to get my money's worth out of a psychology degree? Is a degree in psychology really worth going to school for? What's the best path to take down this (psychology) road?
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The application of psychology is very broad. The important thing is to see how possible applications relate to your personality traits. Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .
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If you are choosing a masters or PhD route, I would recommend researching various counseling and psychiatrist positions that may be applicable and exploring salary ranges, career progression, etc. to ensure this is the path you want to pursue.