(Original post by amii_G)
Anyone who did a decent Psychology degree knows its not mickey mouse. Mine was pretty rock solid, and brought in aspects of Biology, Neuroanatomy, Philosophy, Medicine, Nursing, Aetiology, Child Development, Widwifery, Homeopathy, Speech therapy and Lalopathology, Lexicology, Obstetrics, Nutrition, Ethnology, Health promotion, Paedeatrics, Education, Social Policy, Metaphysics, History, Social care, Ethology, Ergonomics, Business Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, AI Computing, English and Maths.
And it taught (or rather demanded) me how to write concisely, fluently and articulately, how to design and run my own experiments, how to research, collect data, how to argue, discuss and deliver my point, how to interview, to run study sessions, how to view alternative perspectives and how to understand myself and others. Not to mention dreaded STATS! Also.. Why not to take coke..
I've just finished my course and to be honest, it is a little daunting looking for a job, because there isn't a set path for psychologist. It's not like:
"Oh, im an engineering graduate, i'll just be an engineer",
or: "Im a happy little trainee lawyer"
or heaven forbid: "I'm guna cut you a new root canal".
In the last 2 months, Ive started off just basically looking for any job i can (to get the cash in), and im finding that its not going amazingly well. My pc's only just fixed at the moment, so i've just sent off my Cv to trainee/graduate schemes/assistant positions today, and i'll let you know how it goes.
I'm actually interested in psychology so ive applied for trainee therapy and counselling positions in the NHS and private health care.
But, theres tons of other stuff available to apply for.
- PGCE teaching courses for example.
- You could train to be a registered mental health nurse
-Go back to uni
- HR Management
-Child Devleopment/Speech therapy
- Clinical therapy
The guy who called Psy a mickey mouse degree doesnt know what hes talking about. No1 has any right to badmouth any degree unless they have studied it themselves. Even then, they still don't..
(However, in a controversial effort to break that rule)..
I could personally see much more worth in employing a Psychology graduate then a History/English/Sociology/Anthropology/Geography/Art/Politics/Sociology/Business studies graduate.
And if we're looking at Chemists/Physicists/Lawyers/Economists/Engineers, there are limited positions that they could actually work in. What skills or experience would a Chemist have acquired from university, that i would need if i wasnt in Pharmaceuticals (lets say).