Have You Always Wanted to Read Minds? Maybe Psychology is for You

Published by on Jun 06, 2017, 04:47 pm

Psychology is often misunderstood as a mind-reading game but it is actually more of the scientific study of the human behaviour, like eye movement, body language, gestures, etc. to know what the other person is thinking. It does, in a way, help you read minds but not like the ones you see on X-Men. Psychology is interesting because it relates to almost every field like marketing, public relations, corporate communications, computer gaming, air travel and the list goes on. Did you know that the colours companies use to create their logo and even the local supermarket decides to stock consumer goods based on psychology?

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There are different types of psychologists such as clinical psychologists (health and neuropsychologist), counselling, forensic, developmental, industrial-organizational, school and social psychologists. If you decide to do clinical, counselling or research, you most likely need to obtain a doctor's degree like Ph.D. and Psy.D.

School psychologists need license and an advanced degree to work. They would focus more on education and mental health components of students' development. Bully cases, whether direct, indirect or cyberbullying have also shot up in the past few years. Cyberbullying alone has increased from 300 cases in 2012 to 529 cases in 2016. With this, we can foresee that educational institutions will need more counsellors. There are also more online counselling websites such as PlusGuidance, Talkspace, Eheadspace, XenZone, etc. So if you want to secure a job for the future, you can keep your eye on psychology. 

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Psychologists are in high demand now in hospitals and clinics, earning between RM150 to RM250 an hour. Of course, if you specialize in specific fields, you get paid more. Lately, Prof Hew Gill, the head of Sunway University Department of Psychology mentioned that psychology-related jobs are growing at an average of 10% per annum. It is expected to grow 19% in the next seven (7) years. Doing something you like while being sure there are job opportunities out there sounds promising. The main reason why many employers want psychology graduates is because they have certain soft skills such as analytical skills, communication skills, problem-solving skills, observational skills and people skills that give them the ability to understand people, speak effectively to various audiences, have good time management and present ideas clearly.

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In case you're wondering, there's a difference between psychiatrists and psychologists. Psychiatrists are trained medical doctors, studies medicine in a medical school and prescribes medication to patients. Psychologists treat emotional, behavioural and mental suffering of a patient through psychological testing. So as much as these two are similar, they have their own specific roles to play.

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Still not sure whether to take up psychology? Well, you’re in luck because on 10 & 11 June 2017, Prof Gill will be giving a talk at The Star Education Fair on “Psychology – Key to 21st Century Career Success”. He will emphasize on the importance of psychology today and how it can be applied in workplace,  future careers and job hunting. Don't worry if you've missed it. You can always check out the institutions below by simply clicking the link or call them to find out more about psychology or other courses.

List of institutions that offer Psychology:

1) University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

2) International University of Malaya-Wales (IUMW)

3) Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)

4) SEGi University & Colleges

5) Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC)

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