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What makes psychology a good career?

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Molly’s Answer

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If you find yourself wanting to help others, interested in understanding why people do what they do, and comfortable talking to almost anyone, then Psychology may good be a good career path for you! You can develop skills that not only benefit you in directly caring for others, but to work successfully with people no matter where you work or live! Many people with an education in psychology go on to use those skills in other fields as well, such as marketing, healthcare management, or human resources.

There are so many aspects of psychology in which you can focus, based on your interests, and always so much to learn!

Molly recommends the following next steps:

  • Talk to psychologists or therapists you know about the advantages and challenges
  • Research all areas--clinical, research, industrial to find out what area you are most interested in
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Anna’s Answer

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Hi Mya!

Great question. The way I see it, I think there could be a way to re-frame the same question to guide you toward the answer you might be looking for: what makes psychology a good career "for me"?

I'm making guesses here, but perhaps you may be considering psychology because of your kind and empathetic personality. Maybe you want to be able to help others through counselling. Maybe you just find it fascinating and want to learn more, but you're not sure if there are career prospects there. Whatever your motivation may be, if psychology is a subject you're genuinely interested in, there are plenty of ways you can make a career in psychology work. Add your knowledge on psychology to other subjects, such as biology or computer science (just to name a few examples), and you've got yourself hundreds of career paths that you can consider too.

For me personally, as someone with a minor in psychology, I've found it to be immensely helpful for the clinical research I've been doing. Understanding psychology allows me to get a glimpse of how we, as people, think and function. It opens my mind to more perspectives and ways of thinking, getting to explore the root causes of certain behaviours and fostering empathy for others. I find it endlessly fascinating, and highly relevant to my work.

Keep in mind that psychology goes beyond simple counselling or psychiatry. I would consider combining psychology with another subject of interest to see exactly what kinds of careers are out there. You might find something you never would've expected - it might even be your life's calling, if I can be a tad dramatic for a moment. Whatever you find yourself considering, my best advice would be to keep your doors open for potential careers.

Hope that helps, and best of luck.
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celeste’s Answer

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Mya,

I love this question! But my question to you is, "Why do you think it would be a good career for you?", "What about psychology interests you?" .
The reason I ask this is because the psychology field has so many different specialties and areas you can focus in. This field is for people that love working with others in some way!

Good Luck to you!
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Molly’s Answer

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If you find yourself wanting to help others, interested in understanding why people do what they do, and comfortable talking to almost anyone, then Psychology may good be a good career path for you! You can develop skills that not only benefit you in directly caring for others, but to work successfully with people no matter where you work or live! Many people with an education in psychology go on to use those skills in other fields as well, such as marketing, healthcare management, or human resources.

There are so many aspects of psychology in which you can focus, based on your interests, and always so much to learn!

Molly recommends the following next steps:

  • Talk to psychologists or therapists you know about the advantages and challenges
  • Research all areas--clinical, research, industrial to find out what area you are most interested in
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Madalyn’s Answer

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There is so much flexibility and you get to help people! There are so many things you can do with psychology because it’s a broad degree. You can do anything from mental health counseling to Human Resources to higher education or teaching! Psychology is a wonderful career.
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Yu Shin’s Answer

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Hi Mya,

If you enjoy people and enjoy helping people psychology is a great career. There are many careers where you do not get the benefit of seeing the direct effects of your work. With most psychology related positions you get to work directly with the people you help and get to see the results of your work. It can be very challenging but also very rewarding. Also since people are so varied and no two alike, the job also never gets boring.

Next steps: Read about different jobs and see which type you feel more drawn to.
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