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Tired of Your Job? 6 Ways to Transfer into Psychology

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According to Global Health Education, Australia has a strong demand for psychologists, with an expected 13.3% increase by 2026 for job opportunities in this field.

Therefore, if you are tired of your current job and you want to change careers to work in psychology, now appears to be a very good time to do so!

Should you find yourself contemplating such a move, we’ll outline in this post some useful tips to help you on your way. By following them, you should be able to make the switch more seamlessly and confidently.

1. Establish why you want to work in Psychology

Before setting off towards your new career path, it is worth taking the time to establish why you want to work in psychology.

Are you looking to move because you want a more fulfilling job? Or do you need to earn more money?

Do you want a role that offers a better work/life balance? How will you handle the emotional challenges that working in psychology can bring?

Once you ask yourself these questions, you will be able to determine whether a switch of careers is the right thing for you.

2. Gain a formal qualification

If you have decided that psychology is the field for you then you are going to need to gain a formal qualification.  This could take many forms, including a bachelor’s/master’s degree in psychology or a graduate certificate in mental health, among others. (You can click here to learn more about the latter).

Depending on which form you choose, it will require varying levels of expense, commitment and study time, so choose wisely. Therefore, you should pick a course that best reflects the pathway you want to take and your ability to be able to cope with its demands.

3. Map out your career path

Many people don’t realise that psychology has many different fields. This includes everything from forensic, educational and industrial to personality, occupational and sleep psychology.

While making the change to the field of psychology can be very exciting, it is worth road-mapping how you see your career developing over the next 5, 10, and 15 years plus.

Doing this will help you to determine what kind of roles you can do immediately upon gaining your degree or certification, as well as in the future. It also helps to clarify what areas of specialisation you might like to get into.

4. Join the Australian Psychology Society

If you are serious about a career in psychology, you should become a member of the Australian Psychology Society.

Joining this industry body can significantly improve your knowledge base as it provides you with access to a wealth of information including the latest research findings, insights from leading figures in the industry and plenty of useful tips, guide and information.

5. Build a professional network

As you will be changing fields to psychology, it is important to build a professional network as quickly as possible.

Becoming a member of the APS is a good start. But platforms like LinkedIn are a great way to connect with successful people within the industry, learn from their insights and establish a name for yourself in the field through your personality and what you post.

LinkedIn can also be an excellent way to reach out to potential employers and stay up to date with general trends and pressing issues in the industry. You may also find opportunities for volunteering or paid internships, which could speed up your entry into the field of psychology.

6. Polish up your core skills

To enjoy a successful career in the field of psychology, you will need to possess a range of core skills. They include empathy, communication, observation, analysis, research, patience and problem-solving abilities.

These are skills you will constantly need to refine, even if you have been working in the field for many years. So, it is worth taking steps to do all you can to strengthen them straight away.

For instance, there are various tools and techniques you can employ to improve your analysis, problem-solving and research skills. At the same time, your levels of patience can be improved by practising mindfulness.

Tim Williamson, a psychology graduate from the University of Hertfordshire, has a keen interest in the fields of mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.

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