What kind of struggles can I expect when trying to be a psychologist? Is the career worth it in the end after all the hard work?
If you want to help people, along with psychology there are many mental health-related helping fields such as counseling, social work, etc. In my state, being a psychologist would require a doctorate (but this may be different now or elsewhere.) You can always consider what level of schooling you are willing to go to, and find a helping profession at that level. I currently am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and I had to get my Master's degree. It took some people 2 years and took me about 3 years. So together with my B.A., I had 7 years of schooling. I think the schooling was worth the money and I do love my job. A consideration, though, is the hours you are required before you can be fully licensed. For an LPC, you need 3000 hours after school to practice as an "associate" in my state, before you can be fully licensed. I am still a professional counselor, but I may get paid less and have access to less opportunities as an associate than a fully licensed therapist. The job itself can be very flexible, and you have a range of options to what kind of setting you want to work at and job you want to do. I personally think it boils down to--are you willing to make the sacrifices needed to help people? It is not all glamorous all the time, and you may suffer financially initially in the job. All jobs are tough--the question is do YOU think it is worth the fight? If so, go for it, and you can find support along the way. If not, then you can explore other paths as well. To some the job/idea may be worth the fight, and to others it may not be, and it does not mean either side is a bad person or choosing the wrong thing. It just depends on you and your needs/values/desires, etc. And again, my perspective is on the path toward a license in Licensed Professional Counseling. There are so many routes you can take to help or counsel people. Good luck!
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Keep an open mind and note that everyone and every situation is different. Being able to help people is very rewarding, so I think this field of work is worth it in the end. I hope this was helpful.
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