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Am I worrying over nothing ? Psychology and counselling

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    I recently received an unconditional offer from Teesside to study psychology and counselling. At first I was over the moon with this offer and recently as university is just around the corner, I'm becoming a lot more stressed. I'm unsure of exactly what I want to do when I'm older, but I would like to pursue a career I'm human resources, counselling or something within the management field. As of my course, the core modules are the same as general psychology bachelors degree, with additional modules applicable to counselling. I do not necessarily want to become a counselling psychologist, I am just worried that I have chosen the wrong course and instead should have chosen psychology. I am aware there are other routes to get into my desired field of work, but I don't want to be limited to one option if I do change my mind. The prospects website states that human resources employ psychology graduates, but I'm just so worried! My friends think I'm over thinking and I'm just afraid. Will the counselling aspect of my course be offputting to potential employers, or am I over thinking ?

    On the whole, you're over thinking it.

    If your degree is BPS accredited then it covers the core topics/modules required for a Psychology degree; when you have this 'specialised' courses (counselling, forensic, etc) they vary quite little to a straight Psychology degree; as they have to cover certain material for accreditation. Completing a Counselling Psychology BSc would provide no real advantage in pursuing a career in counselling either.

    You can never account for an individual's biases when they select for jobs, but I can't imagine this ever being a problem. If it's relatively easy for you to switch to straight Psychology then you could go ahead and do that, you wouldn't be disadvantaged if you later wanted to go into counselling.
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