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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?
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 OptionsClinical psychologistsCounseling PsychologistsNeuro PsychologistsTeaching & ResearchCriminology & Legal PsychologistIndustrial/ Organizational PsychologistSports PsychologistEducational PsychologistSchool CounselorSocial Work
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.
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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 PsychologyCounseling PsychologySchool PsychologyIndustrial PsychologyChild PsychologyForensic PsychologyCross-cultural PsychologyAbnormal PsychologyBiopsychologyExperimental PsychologyCognitive PsychologyDevelopmental PsychologyEducational Psychology'Social PsychologyIndian Psychology
In India following branches are well-known:Clinical PsychologyCounseling Psychology Industrial PsychologyEducational/School PsychologyForensic 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
Hello Dear Aspirant,Welcome to career guide.comThanks 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 SettingsIndustriesNGO'sCommunity Support Health GroupsSchools /Colleges/InstitutesHospitalsRehabilitation 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 UniversityChrist UniversityDeccan 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
Dr. Apurva is a doctorate and a post graduate in clinical psychology from the M S University of Baroda. He is an alumnus of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and Columbia University of New York City,USA. He posses extensive experience in the field of counseling. He worked with many organizations, Government departments as a behavioral consultant and trainer. He has been serving as a resource person, mentor and master trainer to train counselors in various States. He regularly writes blogs, articles, book reviews and papers. Currently, he is working with International Non-for-profit organization and providing counseling services.
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