Psychology students and professionals are often told by parents and others that psychology is useless because you can’t get a job in it. That is the biggest lie I have ever had the displeasure of hearing because there are tons of fascinating career options for you with a psychology degree. That’s why in this psychology podcast episode I’ll introducing you to Careers In Psychology so you can realise just what is possible with an amazing psychology degree.
Today’s episode has been sponsored by Careers In Psychology By Connor Whiteley. Available from all major eBook retailers and you can order the paperback and hardback copies from Amazon, your local bookstore and local library, if you request it.
Note: as always nothing on the podcast is ever any sort of official, professional or career advice
Extract From Careers In Psychology By Connor Whiteley. COPYRIGHT 2023.
As much as I and everyone else reading this book probably wants to get onto the “good bits” about careers in psychology. It is critical that we actually focus on why it is important to look at?
Since everyone reading this book probably does psychology in one form or another, and I can promise you that we all have certain areas of psychology that we aren’t very keen on. For me, it’s business psychology because it flat out doesn’t interest me. For you, it might be social or biological or cognitive psychology.
Yet the thing that helps us get through these difficult areas is the fact we know why it is important. The reason tends to be as simple as knowing we need the information for our exams, but it still helps us to focus.
Therefore, that’s why this chapter is needed, so in case you find a chapter you aren’t too interested later on then you know why it is still good to read it.
I now know that from writing this book how some career options can really take you up
The Most Important Reason:
As you’ll see throughout the book, knowing where you want to go in psychology is critical from an early start because if know where you want to go then you can aim for it, make decisions that will help you get there and do the requirements that that particular career route requires.
For example, if you wanted to do clinical psychology in the future (forgetting how massive all areas of psychology are) then it is a good idea to start taking clinical psychology modules in your undergraduate degree so you can start to show extra interest and learn more about your future career.
Therefore, if you learn about career options sooner rather later, then this can give you a great goal to aim for when it comes to making decisions about your degree and modules.
Personally, this is what I did with my undergraduate degree because I knew I wanted to work in clinical psychology in the future. Leading me to find a degree with clinical psychology modules and I went from there.
In fact, I managed to find a degree that was a lot more specialised in clinical psychology than a “normal” psychology degree. Due to my undergraduate degree has a lot more compulsory clinical psychology modules than non-specialised psychology degrees.
Overall, because I made a decision about my possible future career early, it really did help me understand the type of courses, extra things and experiences that I needed to try to do in an effort to improve my employability skills.
We will talk about a lot more these things in this book, so pleas rest assured all these types of things mentioned two paragraphs above will be made clear to you.
This is definitely something that I realised after writing a lot of the book but there is a massive amount of material in the book that overlaps with each other. For example, you might be reading a chapter on careers in academia and there’s a paragraph or two that applies to careers in business or clinical psychology.
I was rather surprised at how much content overlapped and helped to reinforce or reexplain what was mentioned in other chapters. As well as as I was writing the book out, I too found it very helpful since this overlapping content provided a fresh perspective on that information.
My point is, is don’t skip a chapter of this book. You might hate the idea of working in academia (me too!) but I would still read it for two reasons.
Firstly, you’ll probably find some minor overlapping information which might help you understand something you’ve read in another chapter.
Secondly, it will give you more awareness about what it is actually possible with your psychology degree. As well as whilst this might not be useful right now, it might be in the future. Especially if you go into one degree, find out you hate it, then remember another career you read about and might like the sound of that.
Basically, please give yourself options.
And believe me, with a psychology degree those are hardly in short supply!
I really hope you enjoyed today’s Careers In Psychology podcast episode.
If you want to learn more, please check out:
Careers In Psychology By Connor Whiteley. Available from all major eBook retailers and you can order the paperback and hardback copies from Amazon, your local bookstore and local library, if you request it.
Have a great day.
Whiteley, C. (2023) Careers In Psychology. CGD Publishing, England, United Kingdom
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