I've chosen my a levels which include psychology, biology and media. Everyone my age has a clear idea of what they want to be when they're older or atleast study at uni. I am interested in psychology but I absolutely love love love media. I want to go into something media related but also want to go into education psychology. The only thing putting me off educational psychology is the amount of time I will have to spend in education. To become a psychologist I need a degree, masters and doctorate. This means spending around 6/7 years in uni which I'm not sure I want to do. I want to leave uni ASAP And be employed as quick as I can. Has anyone got any ideas of how I could incorporate the two and what sort of degree I should do?
Hey, you've kinda made a decision already by saying you wouldn't want to spend the amount of time in study needed for an Educational Psychologist job. You could always go into Media, something you love, and come back to the idea of Educational Psychology later in life (e.g. if you became a teacher for a bit of experience with young people and then go back to uni, etc.). So, my point is, don't think the door is closed after you've picked one career - it isn't! I know people who have done a history degree, graduate diploma to become a solicitor and then gone back to be a teacher, so don't feel like you have to stick to just one career forever.
Don't worry about it whilst you're 16, focus on your subjects, getting good grades and hopefully the right subject will come to you. Also, it's perfectly natural to feel like everybody else has their career all planned out - but they probably aren't as put together as it may seem, so don't sweat and feel like you're behind. I've been in the same place as you before, and I'm now 18 with a place to study Psychology. Having said that, I still don't know what to do career-wise, so don;t feel like you have to know everything. Do what you enjoy, and things can always be changed!
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