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is being a psychologist fun and intesting?

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Thomas’s Answer

"PRO: It offers great job satisfaction.
As a psychotherapist, you will help people to reflect on their lives and relationships and give them the tools to manage those aspects that are causing them anxiety, sadness, anger or pain. The ability to assist others to be more balanced, happy and at peace with themselves is incredibility rewarding and, unquestionably, one of the best perks of the job.

PRO: It provides multiple employment opportunities.
Psychotherapists can find employment in hospitals, inpatient or outpatient care centers, private practices, schools, mental-health clinics, to name but a few. And not just locally either – a good qualification from a reputable learning institution can open up job prospects all over the world. Psychotherapists can also choose from a number of different areas in which to specialize, such as depression counselling, marital counselling and family therapy, loss and bereavement therapy – the list goes on.

PRO: It can be well paid.
While psychotherapy is not a job to do for the money, it does provide a decent wage, especially for those working in the private sector (qualified clinical psychologists in South Africa earn, on average, R660 an hour, or from around R290 000 a year for those entering the field to upwards of R750 000 for those with 20 years’ experience, according to PayScale Human Capital). If you’re creative, you can also build the job around what you are passionate about – diversifying into lecturing, writing books and articles, consulting or running workshops – which will all add significantly to your bottom line.

PRO: You can have flexible work hours. Although many psychotherapists work long hours, if you have your own practice you can basically set your own schedule. This means that you can have a rewarding career and still have time to spend with family and friends. While psychotherapists who work in hospitals or mental-health centers may not have work schedules that are as flexible as their self-employed counterparts, there are still plenty of opportunities to set hours that work with your life and family demands.

PRO: You will get to meet lots of different people.
As a psychotherapist you will have the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life, be it children, adults, married couples or families. No matter what age or population group you work with, your exposure to diverse people will broaden your professional perspective and fine-tune your ability to relate to and empathize with others so that you can effectively help them find their own ways of “being” in the world. And of course, there is also the benefit of teaching others about psychotherapy and watching as they, too, grow and prosper."



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Amy-Louise’s Answer

It is so fun. There are many ways to be a psychologist. For example, I work in a company and provide advice and strategies to make sure that people are engaged in the most productive way. Understanding more about the human mind, how we learn about the mind, and how behavior is formed, observed, and measured is valuable in many settings. Study things that fascinate you and you really can't go wrong.

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