Dami (Jenny)’s Answer
At the start, it's completely fine if you're unsure about your future career path. However, I encourage you to select a major that truly sparks your interest. Don't worry if you're not already skilled in that area or lack experience – that's what college is designed for! Ultimately, aim to choose a major and/or minor in a field that you'd be excited to work in every day after graduation. Remember, your degree in a particular subject may not define your entire career, but it will serve as a valuable stepping stone. If psychology is what ignites your passion, then I recommend you go for it!
Often, people might say, "I don't like writing" or "I'm not good at writing." But that's the beauty of the minor – it helps you become a better writer! That's what happened to me. I used to struggle with writing, but the minor taught me so much. Plus, my minor focused on professional writing, so I learned about crafting resumes, cover letters, interviewing, and more!
I'm delighted I made the decision to pursue a writing minor. At my school, there were various options, such as creative, journalism, or professional writing. There's something for everyone!
I think your major depends on your career goals, or what you hope to do within psychology.
If your hoping to practice psychology, you'll need to get a Master's degree after completing your Bachelor's degree. You can enter a Master's program for Social Work with a psychology degree, or a social work degree (commonly called a BSW).
Whichever you choose, I recommend you get as much work experience with people as possible. That way, when you apply for grad school, you can meet their expectations. Often, grad school programs for counseling want students with strong social experiences, either through volunteering or mentorship with helping people.
If you're hoping to research in psychology, you may want to seek out a neuroscience major or a science-lab based psychology major. Then, apply for a Master's program (based on your research goals). It's important to get undergraduate research experience and hands-on experience if you're going this path.
For minors, you can pick a subject that adds to your professional goals, or something you'll enjoy learning about.
- Some minors that could help you practice psychology as a career are Spanish or Sociology.
- Some minors that could help you with researching in psychology are either a natural science subject - Chemistry, Biology, etc, Political Science, or Statistics.
Sending you support as you decide on what to study for psychology :)
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