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The Ugly Side of Psychology Degrees… | #Psycholotea



As a psychology veteran, I love the field of psychology and will probably never leave it, but it’s not all unicorns and rainbows either. In this video I discuss some of my main reasons. I love psychology, but I feel like people should know a little bit more about what challenges and difficulties they’re signing up for.

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    added on 19 Jul, 2020
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    Currently I’m studying speech language pathology and thinking to pursue psychology coz I’m facing some mental health issues and wondering how this happened, and wanted to try to help other people who are just like me. Although I already knew all the bad sides, especially my parents keep saying you will not earn a lot, I still feel like I want to study this. I’m a bit afraid of how my future will goes, but.. that’s life?? Hmm.
    Thanks for your video!

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    added on 19 Jul, 2020
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    “If you do want to do it know exactly what you want to get out of it”, 100%, that’s the only way you can know all these things you mentioned and still choose to do psychology. Great video 🤍

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    added on 19 Jul, 2020
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    Absolutely spot on. I have graduated this year and I'm trying to figure out how to go about staying in Psychology and the helping professions. I have extensive support work experience and I'm looking at masters at the moment. I can't imagine me doing anything else but helping others and I don't think I'd be good at anything else. 😃

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    added on 19 Jul, 2020
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    Psychology is a very transferable degree – are you basing these views on becoming ClinPsy?

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    added on 19 Jul, 2020
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    I think this video is so unhelpful. Well first you say you speak from your own experience but the content of the video generalises all psychology degrees as a whole… Did you study the Psychology and Behaviour course at Cambridge? Because I don’t think that course is BPS accredited and covers a limited background(also looks basic)

    I totally disagree that Psychology is a bogus degree. Many students go to university and are not yet sure of their career path anyway so unless is is a core profession it’s hard to get a job directly after without experience. Grades are not crucial to succeed a 2:2 or 2:1 with experience is great. A masters in a specific area will support you after. If you want to lecture university’s will always need staff and you can go from BSc to phd.

    My course offered a 1 year placement year and also a psychology in the workplace module. Like other degrees there are transferable skills it’s a skill in extrapolating them in the first place! The amount of work and scrutiny that is put in there are definitely transferable skills.
    -Critical thinking
    -Weighing up evidence
    -Understanding the world from a social perspective like consumer psychology (which is part of daily life)
    -Stereotypes and biases even theory around racism and sexism so relevant!!
    -Developing an argument evidence based and supported not just anecdotal or opinion!

    HR, recruitment and any people focused jobs a psychology degree will help you! Employers do look at this!

    Of course it is interesting learning about the human experience?! It can be boring if you haven’t found your niche but that comes with tasting and experience. Or not immersing yourself in the content and relating to how it applies to daily life. You can learn things about how our brains can play tricks on us or how to be more productive or even the way we learn language. If it’s just about the salary then yes this profession is not for you as it’s emotional and the greatest reward is supporting others.

    Yes most courses are broad so that you’re taught everything and then decide which area to go into. With a psychology degree you don’t need to be a statistician otherwise study stats?! Due to the complexities of being human it is important to have experience that’s why it’s not a straight route from degree to job, because having life experience and self awareness is vital.

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    added on 20 Jul, 2020
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    The world isn't built for psychology. But psychology is built for the world.

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    added on 21 Jul, 2020
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    Really useful video. Wish I watched this before the degree 😩

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    added on 22 Jul, 2020
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    Thank you so much! I’m studying psychology in Russia, Moscow 🇷🇺

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    added on 4 Aug, 2020
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    Very informative. I study psychology too and I'm actually really glad I can use this platform to spread that knowledge and help more people. SHARING IS GOLDDD

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    added on 4 Aug, 2020
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    I couldn't agree more with the point that our field has accumulated a large pool of competing practioners
    Think of this though:

    In bell curve terms this means that psychologists found in middle are filling in the necessary demand, while the one's found in the upper-end contribute in ways that are lasting and innovative. I would probably be considered brutally cynical if I share my thoughts about the lower-end, ostensibly psychology graduates.

    This overabundance is the driving force of the industry, as the people in it (more or less) are (re)kindleling it's applicability to the existing demand.

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    added on 20 Aug, 2020
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    wow I live in Ireland, and to be honest my mum is a nurse and she always tells me about her colleagues or people she knows who studied psychology and how they are struggling to get a job. I never really listened to her but now im thinking why would i do this I can help other people other ways. WHy struggle with it when I can do something else, I wont have a job straight away after graduating and even if I do i wont be paid that well. Good thing I still have 2 years of secondary school to figure all this out. Thanks a mill girl.
    xoxo
    gossip girl

    (sorry i just had to)

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    added on 20 Aug, 2020
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    Interestingly, I've just finished my undergraduate degree and what you said in your first point must have also been noticed by universities, or my uni at least bc we had a module each year which was specifically focused on transferable skills studying psychology can give you and really focusing on how to verbalise that.

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    added on 26 Aug, 2020
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    According to me (with psychology degree and masters in neuroscience) the worst thing about psychology degree is that there are infinite job options, you can literally work anywhere …yes, you heard it right! I am looking for job and I have so many doors open that I don't know which to choose. I am stuck!!

    Another bad thing, which is related to the first one, is that psychology degree alone means NOTHING. You will need masters or even PhD to get a good job.

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    added on 4 Sep, 2020
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    Aye aye

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    added on 5 Sep, 2020
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    I am studying Psychology too! It was fun at the beginning because I love to learn and I had two years of general study (related to literature, history, social science and philosophy). The third year, the first with all my courses related to Psychology, was cool too. But this year, the penultimate, is kind of hard. I've been thinking a lot because of the extra time I have because of the pandemics. What am I going to do? I mean as you say, I know a bit of neuroscience, of statistics, of pathology, of psychology but at the end I know nothing. My teachers just present everything really broadly. So everything you know from psychology is half common sense (not deep explanation about why things happen), and from neuro or statistics is just basic if nothing. I wanted to study Psychology because I wanted to work with criminals and do therapy. But I realized, my university never told me, that I can't do nothing else than do some workshops about any topic (people from high school can do it too without studying much 🙃) because if I want to do therapy I have to study more. Beside of that, I am lost, which is frustrating since as you study more you realize how things can get better and actually don't. For example, a great part of my teachers are psychoanalyst which I dont like, but I didn't know when I registered to study at college, so my university is not focused on experimental research (a teacher is interested in change things related to research and I am helping him with some papers, and it would be my research/lab experience if it counts). And I don't know if I want to study more for being a therapist because I will have to compete with people like coaches, psychoanalysts, and so many others that claim to do the same but don't get to study everything we did (at least where I live is that way). Lately I discovered Neuroscience, I think is the future, but I don't know how complicated might be to change, as you said we are not well prepared in another science too (do you have any idea?) And the problem is that I love my degree but I am disappointed. I mean… to choose a msc or phd is also difficult since I like a lot of things like learning, neuroscience, social psychology and psychopathology. If I have to recommend the degree I would say no, unless you have a deep curiousity and from a science perspective in human behavior (as people who study physics, chemistry or biology expect). Good luck in everything you do!

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    added on 8 Sep, 2020
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    Thanks for being so honest about this. Great content and she’s very beautiful 👏

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    added on 17 Sep, 2020
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    Thank You, for the wake up call

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    added on 18 Sep, 2020
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    Now I'm really thinking about scraping my enrolment for Open University starting in January,. Luckily plenty of time to think.

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    added on 18 Sep, 2020
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    I agree with alot of what you said in this video with the exception of pay for a clinical psychologist. I'm doing my psych doctorate in ireland atm and the starting salary for most graduates is ~60k

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    added on 19 Sep, 2020
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    Here is a point of view from the other end of the spectrum. I did a vocational degree, more years ago than I care to dwell on. I have done post grads and masters since, but that’s entirely caused by an academic inferiority complex. To the heart of the point; I did my vocational degree which was quite employable, and therefore fulfilled its employability purpose.

    It also provided me with a job that never really once made me feel academically challenged, or fulfilled. There’s a tremendous upside in being employed, but there is also the imponderable of the path never trodden.

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