Psychology Majors?

Discussion in 'Human Science' started by Thoreau, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. Thoreau Valued Senior Member

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    So, I have my degree in Mechanical Engineering. However, I'm going back to school to major in Psychology. I haven't started yet and I was curious as to if there are any other Psych majors around SF and maybe get some tips on what I should expect or watch out for. I know every school is different, but I'm sure there are some universal cirricular difficulties that psych students tend to encounter, so that I can get a leg up in the game.

    And I WAS going to post this in the About the Members section, but I figured that since this is topic specific and relating precisely to Psychology, I'd post it here instead.

    So, anything you guys have would be highly appreciated. Thanks!
     
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  3. Twelve Registered Senior Member

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    From Mechanical Engineering to Psychology ... You have taken a radical turn, haven't you?
     
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  5. Thoreau Valued Senior Member

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    Yeah. I needed a change.
     
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  7. Crunchy Cat F-in' *meow* baby!!! Valued Senior Member

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    If you are getting a psych degree for the sake of education then go for it. If you are getting a psych degree to make yourself employable then be prepared to get a PHD as lower degrees tend to be ignored employment-wise.
     
  8. Reiku Banned Banned

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    I'll be going back to college after the next fall to finish psychology at college.
     
  9. WillNever Valued Senior Member

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    I agree with crunchy chat. Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years? What sort of job do you see yourself having?
     
  10. Spud Emperor solanaceous common tater Registered Senior Member

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    Wow!
    MZwith numbers and fucking Reiku.

    I guess Freud and Jung are about to be knocked off their perches.

    Oh, and stop the perpetual study and get a fucking job!
     
  11. Reiku Banned Banned

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    And what exactly do you contribute here?

    Not one post I have seen contributes anything to sciforums... maybe I just missed it???

    :shrug:
     
  12. Thoreau Valued Senior Member

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    I'm doing it for the pure purpose of learning it.

    I'm not looking for a better job or more pay. I make $60K+/yr as it is. I'm content with where I'm at. I just want to learn something new.

    I have a job. I'm the regional Sales and Marketing Director for a Fortune 300 company which specializes in industrial/electrical equipment. Before this, I was in the military. You shouldn't judge people without knowing them.
     
  13. Twelve Registered Senior Member

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    I thought you meant you wanted to change jobs, from mechanical engineering to psychologist, when you posted the first comment.
    There are a lot of unemployed psychologists in many countries in the world. But if you just want to learn, then the approach is completely different.
     
  14. Thoreau Valued Senior Member

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    ... If it works out, yes, I'd like to one day have my own practice. But right now, I'm happy where I'm at.

    Is there some requirement that forces me to not pursue interest in a different field if I'm content in my current one? The way I see it, whether I study Psychology or Basket Weaving, it's still beneficial - whether I make a career of it or not - because I'm increasing my knowledge and skill base.

    It's not like I'm just gonna quit where I'm at and what I'm doing to pursue something else. I'm going to continue what I'm doing and learn something else at the same time. If, down the road, I'm able to transfer successfully into the new area, then I will. If not, then at least I recieved the education and am qualified to do something. I've always been a jack of all trades. Even now, I have enough knowledge, qualifications, experience, and skill to be able to do many different career sets if I so choose to do so - security, law enforcement, machinist, electrical/mechanical equipment technician, sales/marketing, landscape designer, and a few other things just to mention a few. These are all fields in which I have studied, worked in, and am legally qualified and licensed to perform. But I'm not a landscape designer by trade. I'm not a police officer by trade. I'm a regional sales director. And now I want to study Psychology. Why? Because it interests me. If I ever do it for a living or not, it doesn't really matter right now. I just want to learn about it. If one day it becomes a career, then great! That'd be awesome. If not, no big deal.
     
  15. chimpkin C'mon, get happy! Registered Senior Member

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    I have half my sociology degree.
    If you want to shrink people, you will need a master's.
    I believe I want to shrink people, but my own brain cooties are beating up on me, and I may not get there.
    Psychology is fun, fun, fun...just ask others for which professors don't dehydrate the subject.
     
  16. Pandaemoni Valued Senior Member

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    You should read: Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman. It's a great read and summarizes a lot of what we've learned about human cognition in the last 50 years.
     

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