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Want to be a psychologist.what should I do after 12th?

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RE: Want to be a psychologist.what should I do after 12th?

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

Hello Dear Friend,
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Psychology is one of the most popular subjects to study because it has a big impact on all areas of life, from education and health, to the economy and crime.

Psychologists apply scientific methodology to explain human behaviour. They formulate theories, test hypotheses through observation and experiment, and analyse their reports with statistical techniques that help them identify important findings.

It is a developed branch of Philosophy that studies the human and animal behaviour.

Psychology field has a great scope nowadays. Due to the Fast and stressful life there has been a huge requirement of Psychologists in many spheres of life.

In order to get into field of Psychology one has to complete its HSC i.e 12th from any stream (Commerce,Arts or Science). On the successful completion of your 12th you have to take an admission for Bachelor of Arts course in Psychology. A BA- Psychology course is of 3 years while you are in last year of your Psychology course you have to select one of the subject that you wish to study. There are many subjects in which you can do your specialisation subjects like- Industrial Psychology,Clinical Psychology, Organisational Psychology,Child Psychology etc. You can select any subject as per your area of interest. While after completing your BA you can apply for Masters in Psychology i,e MA in your favourite subject in which you wish to gain your MA.

A Psychologist can work in many settings depending on the specialisation one has done.

I would suggest you to for the CareerGuide.coms career assessment that will help you to know in which area your interest lies. so according to that you can decide which subject you take for your specialisation.

I hope you find this information useful and helpful.

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Prathamesh K.

RE: Want to be a psychologist.what should I do after 12th?

Meghna Mukherjee
Meghna Mukherjee
Verified Career Expert
Counselor at Adaptive Minds
  • Mumbai

Hi There,

The first thing you need to do to pursue Psychology as a profession, is to reason out why you wish to do this course and what exactly are your plans.

As you might be aware Psychology, is related to "Mental well-being" and guiding others to rediscover their own potentials with out being sympathetic but being compassionate towards them.

After 12th, preferably ARTS styream, since the basic of Psychology is learnt in the 11th & 12th.
Here you could opt for a BA or B.Sc in Psychology.

Though both are 3 years Undergradaute programs, A BA will cover most of the humanities subjkects like Sociology, History, Political Science, Economics ( Depends on the college you prefer to study in), wheras a B.Sc would ionvolve, mostly linking Psychology to the Scientific area, so not only are you studying Psychology from just Mind perspective but stydying the mind too in terms of Physiology and Biology.
Here you can choose choose, Psychology as your main subject, which is these days divided into 2 years, the 2nd and 3rd year, covering 3 subjects of psychology in each year, making you eligible to apply for an MA degree.
Since MA requires a specilaiztion in psychology, at the gradaute level, meaning one must have studied 6 areas of Psychology namely, Child, Health and environment, Social, Abnormal, Statistics and OB.

A knowledge on the areas helps you select a Mastrs degree.

After your Gradaution, for practicing as a Psychologists, you need to pursue a Masters degree, a 2 years course. Here you have ample choices to choose from.
Some of the specializations offered at the Masters ( MA) level includes:

  1. Clinical Psychology: Mainly the Psychologists works hand -in-hand with a Psychiatrists. Mainly dealing with the rehabilitation centres, clinics etc.
  2. Counseling Psychologists: They are also eligible to work with a Psychiatrists, but generally Clinical Psychologists are preferred. Counseling Psychologists generally are found in schools and counseling centres. Dealing with all age groups and administering Psychometric tests
  3. Industrial Psychologists: These are Psychologists who work in sync with the HR department of any organization. They are the ones who conduct Training, assess employees during the interview, administer selection tests and handles employee grievances and implements strategies
  4. Child Psychology: These are Psychologists who specialize in child related issues. They deal with issues right from birth to the developmental years of the child
  5. Guidance & Counseling: A new course introduced, which was earlier and still few University provides under Pg. Diploma programs. These are Psychologists who are into Career guidance. Helping students choose a career based on their potentials and interest.

If you pursue a B.Sc in Psychology. Apart from the above mentioned specialization, you can also opt for:

  1. Forensic Psychology: Thes e are Psychologists who generally work with the investigating team. Mainly the ones who work and try to find the link of genetics to crime.
  2. Criminology / Criminal Psychology: These are Psychologists who work in the rehabilitation centers dealing with criminals. You might have heard of counselors for jail inmates. They are the criminal psychologists.

Though degree is important to practice as a Psychologists, but part from that one needs other supporting certificates to be functioning as a complete health professional
Some of the courses you can opt for includes:

- Hypnosis
- EMDR
- NLP
- Graphology

Hope this solves your issue.

Wish you good luck...

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