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I am a Junior in High School and I need any advice on how the Psychology field is like and what a pathway looks like to take it. #high-school #help #psychology


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Jennifer’s Answer

Hi! It all depends on what you want to do really. There are so many careers a person can get with a Psychology degree and it all depends on the program that you apply to. Some schools have many different concentrations in psychology while others school only have the general psychology concentration.

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Cynthia’s Answer

Like the others answering your questions, the field of psychology is varied. I will speak from personal experience and give you a different point of view. After completing my bachelor's in general psychology, I did not do as much research as I should have and decided on a career path in human resources, and received an M.S. in Industrial Psychology for that purpose. Human Resources allowed me to work in a corporate environment connecting with employees and doing work related to those employees' training and supervision. When I decided what specialty interested me in psychology, counseling was indeed what I wanted to do. Still, I was convinced by others to follow the corporate path. Fast forward to five years ago, I decided to return to college and follow my heart, and I received an M.A in Clinical Counseling. After graduating three years ago, I've worked in multiple environments, including counseling individuals on probation, in a recovery center for individuals struggling with various addictions. Now I am in private practice working with clients with various behavioral health issues. I am so glad I decided to follow this path. I love working with individuals, couples, and families and helping them overcome struggles and make changes that allow them to live their fullest lives.
My advice is to take your time deciding on what aspects of psychology you have an interest in and who you would like to work with in your career.

Yasemin gave a really good overview of the types of courses you would take in school.

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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Divija! I agree with the previous answer, there are many career paths and each path has it's own specific educational requirements. However I was a Psychology major so from my personal experience I'd like to offer what I know; first you take 4 core classes (Intro to Psychology, Intro To Research Methods, Psychological Statistics, and Experimental) , you usually complete these in the first 2 years of college and along with that you take electives. Now there are many different electives you may take, I took Adolescence and Developmental, Forensic, I/O, and Cognition to name a few. You get to pick these electives, there is a handbook/sheet that lists all the options available but these electives are based on your interests more; for example since I want to go to medical school and am interested in pediatrics I took Adolescence and Developmental Psychology; I was also interested in psychological disorders so I took Abnormal Psychology as well. If you have a career path in mind you can take electives that correlate to this area. Since I am interested in medicine, I don't have much experience with graduate work for Psychology but below is a link that gives more details about career options in psychology. These can give you an idea, but as an undergraduate the above explanation will give you a good start; I would also recommend to get internships and maybe research opportunities as well in the path you become interested in. The more classes you take the more certain you will be! In addition be involved with the Psych. Department at your university in the future, sit down with your adviser and discuss future options; there are also 3+2 programs, where you get your Bachelor's and Master's in your Psych major in 5 years, so definitely some things to think about.

I hope this helps!
Best of luck!

Yasemin recommends the following next steps:

https://www.learnpsychology.org/psychology/
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Sam’s Answer

Hello!

I recommend taking as many courses in psychology has you can to find your area of interest. This will you help identify which college/university would be a good option. A Psychology degree and take you into a variety of career fields and opportunities. My spouse and I both have Psychology degrees and work in totally different fields. I 've worked the past 20 years in human resources focusing on organizational and industrial psychology. I've worked in the organizational development side of HR (training, development, strategy) and the hiring and data analytic side. My spouse focus on psychological statistics in hire ed. Hope this helps!

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