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Is A Psychology Degree For You?

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Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour and is a very broad discipline. While some aspects of it might tie in with biology, such as how the brain works, we also ask questions that stretch into society such as how people behave in groups.

Mental health, child development, visual perception, animal learning, job recruitment, peer pressure, work stress, language development, and user interface design are just some of many areas that would fall within psychology.

Many people think that psychologists can look into your soul and analyse your deepest secrets. While psychologists try to understand how the mind works, they aren't mind readers. It is also important to point out that psychology and psychotherapy are not the same thing.

While some psychologists go on to become therapists or counsellors, most won't. If you are curious about what makes people tick, how our senses work, what determines whether we remember or forget someone's name, why some stuff is easier to learn than other stuff, whether people are more intelligent than animals, how and what babies learn from their parents, what we can do to tackle prejudice and stereotypes. If you are curious about how the mind works, then psychology is for you.

Psychology offers a number of psychology specific feilds to go into. Depending on your interests you may want to go on to become a clinical psychologist, forensic psychologists, health psychologist, occupational psychologist, sports, neuro or educational psychologist, counsellor, researcher or academic.

It's important to check that your degree is accredited, because this will enable you to pursue these professional fields. The breadth of psychology as a discipline means you will acquire an unusually broad range of skills, from essay writing and critical evaluation, to experimental design and statistical analysis. This enables graduates to find employment in a diverse range of sectors with past students going into everything from marketing, to law enforcement, consumer research, human resources, social work, teaching and education, healthcare, advertising and finance.

Many universities and tecknicons place a heavy emphasis on practical learning so you will conduct, analyse, and write up your own research throughout the course.

What many people are less aware of is that statistics forms a key component of psychology and therefore should you wish you pursue a career in psychology, you should also be good in mathematics or statistics.
 

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