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What are some good tips if you are planning to become a psychologist?

I am a student who loves to help others but I feel like I should be doing more. I am willing to sit down and talk to friends whenever they need someone to talk to about their problems. #psychologist #student

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Vivek’s Answer

Hi Edwin,

Do talk to some psychologists to get their inputs. But no regret things you can do in parallel are read books . There are lot of books on this topic and you can start with which ever aspect of psychology you find interesting. Even more important is to practice what you read. Try talking to friends or applying in your own life and this requires a lot of introspection. Taking these steps will also help you better understand if you want to take this up as a career.

https://www.campuscareerclub.com/best-psychology-books-for-beginners/
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Scott’s Answer

Hi Edwin. To fully understand a job type, it's best to get some input from people in that role. I suggest reaching out to a handful of psychologists, letting them know you are interested in the profession. Request a conversation to ask some questions about the job and the best path to preparing for it, including education and experiences that will help. When you meet someone with whom you hit it off, request an opportunity for some hands-on experiences. While it's highly unlikely a psychologist will allow you to sit in with a patient, there may be workshops or group meetings that you could attend.

One last thought--there are other roles in the mental health field that could be of interest given their similarities to a psychologist. These include, but are not limited to, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Mental Health Counselor, and Addiction Counselor. It may be worth checking these out as well.

Good luck!
Scott
Thank you comment icon Thank you, Scott. I will take your advice into consideration and see if I can find any opportunities to gain some experience! Edwin
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