We’ve had lots of chats with Miss Frugal recently about careers because she’s had to choose her options for the subjects that shell be studying at school for the next two years. She’s quite bright so she was selected for what her school call the Baccalaureate route which means she can take more exams but with less choice of subjects as she needs to select at least one language and one from either history or geography with RE, maths, English and science being compulsory. This meant that in reality she only got one choice and out of the subjects she could choose from she was torn between PE and Psychology.
She went for psychology as she feels it’s going to help her with her chosen career (at the moment) as a children’s nurse although some of the course literature she got for psychology has made her think seriously about the idea of being a psychologist. We’ve researched it and it sounds like it could be a very rewarding job but I know I’d struggle personally with it as I would take everything on board and find it difficult to leave it at work at the end of the day.
I found some of the questions in the literature really interesting though and thought I’d share them with you today in case you, or your children ere planning on studying for this qualification with a view to finding jobs in psychology:
Do you have good listening skills?
Listening isn’t just about hearing what others are saying, but also about interpreting body language and visual cues too.
To be a psychologist you have to listen to what it is that your clients are saying to you, but as importantly, you need to understand and interpret the things that they aren’t vocalising but are physically projecting.
Do you take secrets seriously?
As a psychologist, you will hear many people’s stories. You need to be able to keep these stories to yourself, and not share them with anyone – even your spouse – unless you are required to give the information up by law.
Are you empathetic with others?
A large part of being a psychologist is based on having a character that is based on genuinely caring about other people.
Your understanding and influence will help your patients get through the long and arduous process of dealing with emotional pain.
Are you unbiased?
Every single person has their own views and opinions that are often based on their own experiences. However, as a psychologist, you have to be neutral when it comes to your clients’ issues.
You have to leave your own opinions and experiences at the door and deal with your clients in a caring and unbiased manner.
Do you enjoy a challenge?
Psychology is often akin to being handed a big puzzle and trying to put the pieces together with very little help. You need to enjoy the challenge that comes from piecing together your clients’ past experiences to pinpoint the location of their emotional pain and problems in order to begin the process of solving it.
Are you mentally stable?
An odd one I know but in general, you should be free of mental baggage in order to handle your clients’ problems. You aren’t going to be able to help your clients on their road to recovery if you are wracked by high levels of instability or emotional pain that will get in the way of your services.
If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to all of the questions above, chances are that you would be well suited for a career in psychology. Miss Frugal actually read the list and decided against making her career to do with psychology but she still picked the option to study as she likes the sound of the course itself.
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