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Is Psychology a good field?I want to persue it?

I have done my graduation. I do not enjoy my field. Is it alright to switch to Psychology? I want to do MA in this, can you tell me about the growth pattern and career options?

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RE: Is Psychology a good field?I want to persue it?

Preeti Taneja
Preeti Taneja
Verified Career Expert
Head Guidance & Counselling at Project Wisdom, CSR initiative of Canam Consultants Limited, Chandigarh
  • Chandigarh

Dear Student,

Psychology is a good field if you have right aptitude and interest to pursue it . The growing understanding of psychology and its importance has brought itself with plethora of career opportunities. It holds the solution to a thousand mental, social and psychological problems human beings find themselves battling with. Psychology is an extremely complex science working on pure logic and reasoning combined with apt sensitivity. Psychology is usually taught at the 12 or equivalent level with other social sciences. Most universities offer the subject as a Bachelors Honors programme. After graduation you can opt for MA or MSc in Psychology , Social work or Counseling. Post graduate courses in Psychology are offered only to students who have graduated with psychology . Specializations in the subject can be pursued at the post graduate level or at the doctoral level- MPhil or PhD, after post graduation. At the master's and doctoral level, the subject becomes increasingly specialized. What you take up as your specialization decides which career path you can follow. For example, sports psychologists should have an extensive educational background and training in sports , motivation management, performance and athletics.



Career Options

Clinical psychologists

Counseling Psychologists

Neuro Psychologists

Teaching & Research

Criminology & Legal Psychologist

Industrial/ Organizational Psychologist

Sports Psychologist

Educational Psychologist

School Counselor

Social Work

RE: Is Psychology a good field?I want to persue it?

Aparna M Venkatesan
Aparna M Venkatesan
Verified Career Expert
PhD Management And Organizational Psychologist
  • Hosur

Hello,

Thank you for choosing Meracareerguide and writing to us. I understand you have developed interest into psychology lately and I understand it happens to many to find interest in new subjects. But before you embark on a career in Psychology, it is very much needed to check yourself if you are really interested in doing it and if you really want to be in this field. I advice you to do psychometric test available on this website and carefully check if your personality fits into psychology field. Alternatively you can also obtain a personalised counselling report from us if you like to have one.

 

 


First of all, to have a career in Psychology, it requires you to have studied in-depth knowledge in psychological theories. This is required only of you want to be a Clinical psychologist. However you may try studying other branches of psychology, if you don't have a relevant psychology background. You can study Counselling psychology if you like to pursue. This actually doesn't require in-depth psychology theories to be able to study Counselling Psychology at a Masters level. So please feel free to study either MA/MSc Applied Psychology or MSc Counselling Psychology.




Universities in India requires BA/BSc Psychology degree to be able to study MA/MSc Psychology and therefore you can consider studying Applied Psychology courses. I would advice you to write or contact universities directly to check if they are happy to recruit you for MSc Applied psychology or MSc Counselling psychology with a non-psychology background. Some of the institutes that offer these courses are

 


1. Amity university - MSc Counselling psychology

 


2. IIPR - MSc Counselling Psychology

 


3. Christ university - MSc Psychological Counselling

 


4. Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) - MA Counselling Psychology

 


5. Bangalore University - MSc Psychological Counselling

 


6. Institute of Behavioural and management sciences - MSc Counselling and Psychotherapy

 


7. Indian institute of applied psychology - MA/MSc Counselling, MA/MSc Applied Psychology

 


8. SNDT University Mumbai

 


9. Sophia college Mumbai

 


10. University of Mumbai colleges

 

 

 


In case if the above colleges doesn't admit you, you can still consider studying a Diploma or PG Diploma in Psychology or Counselling Psychology. You acn either study full time or by distance. Some of the universities or colleges that offer Diploma courses are,

 


1. Bangalore university

 


2. University of Pune

 


3. Institute of Psychotherapy and management sciences Mumbai

 


4. Annamalai university

 


5. Madurai Kamaraj university

 


6. Indian institute of counselling

 


7. Institute of Holistic mental health

 


8. Gujarat university

 


9. Indian academy school of management studies

 


10. Jamia Millia Islamia

 

 

 


You will have to decide if you want to study Diploma or a Masters degree based on your time and financial commitments. Please write back if you have any questions.

 

 

 


All the best.

RE: Is Psychology a good field?I want to persue it?

Apurva Kumar Pandya, PhD
Apurva Kumar Pandya, PhD
Verified Career Expert
Consulting Psychologist
  • Delhi

Dear Aspirant,

Thanks for writing to www.careerguide.com!

Well, selection of career should be based on your aptitude, interest and passion. Review your strengths, weaknesses and interests. I recommend you to take up Ideal Career Test from www.careerguide.com.

This will help you understand your aptitude, interest and personality. Ideal Career Test report will also suggest preferred career field for you. You can talk with a counselor/career expert that will help you choose the most appropriate career field.

As far as psychology field is concerned , it is of course very good field but in terms of employability, it is not very lucrative. If you are not very much interested and passionate about studying psychology and practicing it then you will get bored with psychology field too. Psychology field is for those people who are passionate about studying human behavior and apply the knowledge to modify human behavior or help people in the context of health or workplace.

Psychology is a broad subject and you need to choose specialization within. I am sharing different branches of psychology that you can pursue.

Clinical Psychology
Counseling Psychology
School Psychology
Industrial Psychology
Child Psychology
Forensic Psychology
Cross-cultural Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Biopsychology
Experimental Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Educational Psychology'
Social Psychology
Indian Psychology

In India following branches are well-known:
Clinical Psychology
Counseling Psychology
Industrial Psychology
Educational/School Psychology
Forensic Psychology

Read details about each branch from google search. List your skills and interest to pursue specific specialization. Match your skills with the specialization and choose the specialization where you have right aptitude, interest and passion. I recommend you to take up Ideal Career Test before you decide to take up psychology as a profession.

Best Wishes,
Apurva Kumar Pandya, PhD

RE: Is Psychology a good field?I want to persue it?

Prathamesh Kapote
Prathamesh Kapote
Verified Career Expert
Founder And Director At Canvas Career
  • Nasik

Hello Dear Aspirant,
Welcome to career guide.com
Thanks for visiting us and writing us your career query.

Psychology deals with the Human Mind,its Behaviour patterns and the processes. Its one of the most interesting field to study and make a career. In recent years it has got a great importance and scope. Psychology is a part of Philosophy.

One who aspires to make a career in the field of Psychology can make a career by opting for the Psychology course like BA/Bsc after 12th std.

A student after completing its degree in psychology can work in the various sectors depending on their area of specialisation.
There are many students who wish to study the PSychology and make their career after their graduation in that case student may apply to MA Psychology course and can choose the area of specialisation. After pursuing degree in Psychology one must pursue Masters degree.

The area of Specialisation in MA are Industrail Psychology or Organisational Psyhcology,Education Psychology,Child Psychology etc.

A Psychologists works in various work settings viz.
Clinical Settings
Industries
NGO's
Community Support Health Groups
Schools /Colleges/Institutes
Hospitals
Rehabilitation Centers,etc.

In your case you are eligible to apply the MA Psychology course.There are many universities that provides MA Psychology course viz.
TISS - TATA INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES,Mumbai.
Banaras Hindu University
Christ University
Deccan Education Socitey's Fergusson College.

While as per your query i would suggest you to go with career guide.com Career Interest Assessment this will help us to know where your area of interest lies and can plan your career pathway in that direction as you have expressed you have completed your graduation but have no interest in it.

I hope you find this information relevant to your career query.

Feel free to get in touch again.

Wish you Good Luck

Thank you

Warm Regards,
Prathamesh

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