The ideal path­way leading to a ca­reer in psy­chol­ogy

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SEGi Col­lege Pe­nang’s Amer­i­can De­gree Pro­gram psy­chol­ogy lec­turer, Yeoh Si Han, shared her knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ences in the field with an ea­ger crowd of Pe­nang Chi­nese Girls’ High School stu­dents dur­ing an en­light­en­ing talk ti­tled, ‘Ca­reer Path as a Psy­chol­o­gist’.

Yeoh, who is also a prac­tis­ing clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist, pointed out that the most com­mon ques­tion she en­coun­tered was — “Can you read my mind?”

“We don’t read people’s minds but we study how and what they think, feel and act,” she said.

She also stressed that psy­chol­ogy is not merely com­mon sense, but it was also a sci­en­tific study of the hu­man mind and be­hav­iour through proper in­ves­ti­ga­tion and re­search meth­ods.

“Psy­chol­ogy is not just about ther­apy but in­cludes teach­ing, re­search­ing, con­sult­ing and other ar­eas,” she said to the group of 80 Form 5 stu­dents in the talk held dur­ing the school’s ed­u­ca­tion fair.

Yeoh noted that in ther­apy ses­sions, she was able to help people re­solve emo­tional is­sues by pro­vid­ing guid­ance, and teach­ing them skills to cope with, and bet­ter han­dle their prob­lems.

On the other hand, con­duct­ing re­search adds to the body of sci­en­tific knowl­edge and helps to fur­ther un­der­stand people’s be­hav­iour bet­ter. For her, psy­chol­ogy is an ex­cel­lent way to know more about yourself and oth­ers.

“It can be fun and re­ward­ing,” she said of study­ing Psy­chol­ogy, with its skills com­ing in use­ful for var­i­ous job set­tings, be it health care, ed­u­ca­tion, mar­ket­ing, so­cial ser­vices, ad­ver­tis­ing or pol­i­tics.

“Through the Psy­chol­ogy course, you may also de­velop com­pe­ten­cies like crit­i­cal and cre­ative think­ing in de­ci­sion-mak­ing, abil­ity to con­duct re­search from plan­ning and or­gan­is­ing a study, col­lect­ing data and analysing re­sults to pre­sent­ing re­search find­ings, as well as ef­fec­tive writ­ten and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills”, she shared.

When some stu­dents raised their par­ents’ con­cern about a Psy­chol­ogy grad­u­ate’s ca­reer prospects, she stressed that op­tions were plen­ti­ful.

With a Bach­e­lor’s De­gree in Psy­chol­ogy, one can go into hu­man re­source, cor­po­rate train­ing and con­sult­ing, man­age­ment oc­cu­pa­tions, ad­min­is­tra­tive po­si­tions, mar­ket­ing and so­cial work.

She said Psy­chol­ogy de­gree hold­ers may also pur­sue a Mas­ter’s or PhD de­gree. Only with these qual­i­fi­ca­tions, can one be called a ‘psy­chol­o­gist’ in spe­cial­ity ar­eas of clin­i­cal psy­chol­ogy, health psy­chol­ogy, ed­u­ca­tional psy­chol­ogy, in­dus­trial and or­ga­ni­za­tional psy­chol­ogy, coun­selling psy­chol­ogy, neu­ropsy­chol­ogy, sports psy­chol­ogy and foren­sic psy­chol­ogy.

With a min­i­mum of five cred­its straight in the SPM, stu­dents are el­i­gi­ble to en­ter the first year of the Amer­i­can De­gree Pro­gram ADP in SEGi. It is af­fil­i­ated with the pres­ti­gious Univer­sity of Up­per Iowa, es­tab­lished in 1857, with 18 study cen­tres in the United States and three in­ter­na­tional cen­tres in Hong Kong, Sin­ga­pore and Malaysia.

The pro­gramme fo­cuses on holis­tic de­vel­op­ment, and of­fers flex­i­bil­ity and con­sis­tency. Stu­dents may opt for a sin­gle or dou­ble ma­jor over five ma­jors (Man­age­ment, Psy­chol­ogy, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Fi­nance and Mar­ket­ing).

They can also cus­tomise aux­il­iary cour­ses that will strengthen their fu­ture ca­reer prospects. The pro­gramme is based on con­tin­u­ous as­sess­ment on class work, as­sign­ment projects, quizzes and ex­am­i­na­tions.

In the class­room, in­stead of the typ­i­cal lec­turer-speaks-stu­dentslis­ten set­ting, SEGi’s ADP stu­dents are en­cour­age to think out of the box, to ex­press them­selves, to put ideas into prac­tice and to be cre­ative in a dy­namic class­room en­vi­ron­ment.

These, along with ex­po­sure to ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties that de­velop lead­er­ship, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and or­gan­i­sa­tion skills, are what dif­fer­en­ti­ates SEGi’s ADP stu­dents from oth­ers in the global em­ploy­ment mar­ket.

Stu­dents may choose to com­plete the four-year pro­gramme in Malaysia, ef­fec­tively a 4+0 pro­gramme that min­imises cost while ob­tain­ing a de­gree of global value, or fly over to Iowa, to fur­ther their stud­ies, and be ex­posed to the Amer­i­can cul­ture and academia.

In­takes for SEGi’s ADP are spread over Jan­uary, April, May, Au­gust and Oc­to­ber each year. To find out more, visit SEGi Col­lege Pe­nang at Wisma Green­hall, 43, Green­hall, Pe­nang, call 042633888 or visit my.

Stu­dents of SEGi Col­lege Pe­nang’s Amer­i­can De­gree Pro­gram will re­ceive a holis­tic ed­u­ca­tion while en­joy­ing a wide se­lec­tion of ma­jors in­clud­ing Psy­chol­ogy.

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