I think i want to change degrees (need advice)Watch
but deep down i know corporate life probably isn't for me, i mean i think i could do really well in the marketing sector BUT in terms of it being fulfilling emotionally i don't think it makes the cut whereas going into psychology will (I've been in therapy for years and idk i feel like i could do a lot of good) but whats holding me back is the feeling that im not smart enough. its more exams that marketing and requires an extra 3+ years of post grad. in practice i have a wide range of skills, im good in the real world, but when it comes to exams im crap (mental illness and dyslexia). so im not sure if i should change to psychology or not? it is more effort, harder, more time consuming but then again, lifes gonna be hard and i might aswell choose something that i truly belive i could help the world with
A few quick points:
- No degree is easy. This is three years of your life.
- Becoming a clinical psych is very very competitive, and lots of psychology courses are also very competitive to get into. Not putting you off, just stating facts.
- Psychology degrees are generally regulated by the BPS, this means that regardless of the universities
- Universities are very good at advertising their marketing and business degrees (shockingly) but as these are less regulated and approved than psychology you will find more varied courses on offer from each university you have applied to
I hope these points help your reflections somewhat.
To work as a psychologist, you will need either an undergraduate degree or conversion course in psychology that is accredited by the BPS (most psych degrees are but it's worth checking before applying). Obviously clinical psychology is incredibly competitive and usually involves at least 2 years of work experience before getting onto a doctorate (probably as an assistant psychologist) but there are other related paths you could take such as educational consulting and the charity sector. You could also do stuff like youth work (would require a level 2/3 certificate if you can join a course locally) to build relevant work experience after graduating. Also, bear in mind a lot of jobs only look for 'a degree', and it would be possible to work in marketing with a psychology degree.
Hope this helps!
I did the opposite to you and did a degree which I thought would push me and my abilities but ended up really not enjoying it and wishing I'd have gone with my psychology instead (which I'm now doing a masters in in september).