Career crossroad/s - Psych Major - Salary.sg Forums
Salary.sg Forums  

Go Back   Salary.sg Forums > The Salary.sg Discussion Forums: > Income and Jobs

Income and Jobs Discuss jobs, career options and of course salaries




Career crossroad/s - Psych Major

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 30-06-2015, 05:20 PM
Verified Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 18
ambivalent is on a distinguished road
Default Career crossroad/s - Psych Major

Hi all,

Created this thread hoping members can shed some light regarding career options for psych majors. Constructive comments will be greatly appreciated.

Profile:
20+
Psych degree from UK uni
Have exposure in roles such as:
student mentoring/secretarial/education/volunteer work with VWOs
Weak and little interest in numbers/math/engineering

Areas of interest & passionate in:
Online blog-shop management (Ever tried my hands at selling apparel online - similar to what those blog-shops are doing)
Writing (guest writer for a psych blog - voluntary. I'd welcome any opportunities to write, be it ad-hoc or paid).
Outreach Work (pertaining to children & communities like PA/the likes)
*had enough of student centre settings/teaching*
Child counseling / Psychology / Peer Mentoring
Outreach work - Career counseling, volunteer management

*Willing to switch fields to pursue a more secured career pathway with good prospects. (say, approximately 3k and more in the next 5 years).

*I've considered pursuing a masters, but the fear of unemployment after graduating is holding me back*


Note:
Becoming increasingly unmotivated to apply for psych-related jobs. Reason being: repetitive & similar job ads. Limited job positions, overrated industry.

Considering the above areas of interest, which option below would you suggest is wisest? I'm seeking to value-add to my cert by adopting one of the following :

1. Switch to another industry (but which??? I'm kinda interested in casework mgmt & social work, but I would like a field that offers stable employment with reasonable pay - 3k+ in 5 years time)

2. Pursue a part-time degree @ Murdoch (still searching for a course that is of interest - in your opinion, what is a useful cert that a Psych degree can leverage on, aside from HR / Business / Marketing (Which seems kinda general/broad)?

3. Attend short courses at SSI (Social service institute) - I've set sights on some courses (To value-add by acquiring new skills & for personal upgrading)


Last edited by ambivalent; 30-06-2015 at 05:22 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 30-06-2015, 05:53 PM
Unregistered
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ambivalent View Post
*I've considered pursuing a masters, but the fear of unemployment after graduating is holding me back*


Note:
Becoming increasingly unmotivated to apply for psych-related jobs. Reason being: repetitive & similar job ads. Limited job positions, overrated industry.
Hi, sorry I'm not experienced or worldly enough to help you but was hoping you could enlighten me instead about why you made these comments about a psychology career, especially about why you think it's 'overrated'.

Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 30-06-2015, 05:56 PM
Verified Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 18
ambivalent is on a distinguished road
Default

Why I think Psychology is overrated is because jobs in the industry are very limited, with stiff competition between local and foreign graduates vying for the same position/s.

Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 30-06-2015, 09:22 PM
Verified Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 18
ambivalent is on a distinguished road
Default

* Bump for more replies *
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 01-07-2015, 01:25 AM
Unregistered
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

i think the murdoch part time degree will be wasting your time and money.

if you want a stable kind of job you can probably try getting into HR? your psychology degree is quite relevant to that. but if your uk degree isn't from one of the top tier unis might be difficult to enter public sector. otherwise, if you have writing exp, try PR/corp comms? though in my opinion that's a very gross industry.
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 01-07-2015, 06:51 AM
Verified Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 18
ambivalent is on a distinguished road
Default

Thanks for the reply.

Well, I don't have any writing experience aside from being a guest writer at a blog.

and no, I can't see myself in the PR/Comms industry.
Reply With Quote

  #7 (permalink)  
Old 01-07-2015, 07:29 AM
Verified Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 18
ambivalent is on a distinguished road
Default

EDIT:

I don't possess prior experience in HR / Writing / PR, Comms.

And... Though HR jobs are everywhere, there are way too much applications for those jobs. I have a general psych deg only. What're some useful positions (aside from recruitment consultants) that I can try applying to?

*not keen in sales as well.


Primary School English Grammar and Vocabulary Drills
Primary School English Grammar and Vocabulary Drills


SG Bus Timing App
SG Bus Timing App - the best bus app - available on iOS and Android


SGX Stocks Android App - check share prices
SGX Stocks [Android] App - check latest share prices on the go


SGX Stocks for iPad - check latest Singapore share prices
SGX Stocks [iPad] app
| SGX Stocks [iPhone] app
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 01-07-2015, 10:11 AM
Unregistered
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Psy major usually end up in HR more often than not. You could well put your knowledge to use in recruitment and interviews. I've known some who specialises in the creation of psychology tests for interviews. There are quite a few well known companies that specialises in those.

You could also sell yourself towards brand marketing. Understanding how people think, behavioural incentives etc, could be how you want to market a product or brand. Blatant further studies (e.g. Masters) without going into any job to get experience is a waste of time and money. More often than not, people work first, to get a sense of what direction they wish to pursue in depth, before embarking on further studies. Having prior working experiences help you better understand and appreciate the coursework as well.

Last but not least, many people here do not work in the field of their studies. Have an open mind to try new things.


Primary School English Grammar and Vocabulary Drills
Primary School English Grammar and Vocabulary Drills


SG Bus Timing App
SG Bus Timing App - the best bus app - available on iOS and Android


SGX Stocks Android App - check share prices
SGX Stocks [Android] App - check latest share prices on the go


SGX Stocks for iPad - check latest Singapore share prices
SGX Stocks [iPad] app
| SGX Stocks [iPhone] app
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 01-07-2015, 10:41 AM
Verified Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 18
ambivalent is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
Psy major usually end up in HR more often than not. You could well put your knowledge to use in recruitment and interviews. I've known some who specialises in the creation of psychology tests for interviews. There are quite a few well known companies that specialises in those.

You could also sell yourself towards brand marketing. Understanding how people think, behavioural incentives etc, could be how you want to market a product or brand. Blatant further studies (e.g. Masters) without going into any job to get experience is a waste of time and money. More often than not, people work first, to get a sense of what direction they wish to pursue in depth, before embarking on further studies. Having prior working experiences help you better understand and appreciate the coursework as well.

Last but not least, many people here do not work in the field of their studies. Have an open mind to try new things.
I fully understand that people in this industry are also in HR positions, but aside from HR roles as mentioned in the above post, what other fields can psychology graduates consider? (Aside from marketing & business too).

*The module closest to HR was organizational Psychology, and given the fact I do not possess any HR experience, other than recruitment consultants, what other roles are suitable for my consideration?

Also, I'm keen in crafting behavioral interviews & anything pertaining to Psychology and writing, possible to link me up with those whom you know that are in this field (so I can acquire more information & gain a better understanding on what they do)?
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 01-07-2015, 10:47 AM
Unregistered
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ambivalent View Post
Why I think Psychology is overrated is because jobs in the industry are very limited, with stiff competition between local and foreign graduates vying for the same position/s.
When has Psychology degree ever been overrated in the first place? Some will say MBA or a Finance related degree is overrated, but Psychology!? It's pretty well known in the market place that Psy degree have limited value in the market besides civil service.

Inadvertently you will find a lot of psy students in areas like comms, marketing, HR admin, events management, sales etc. And it isn't because studying psy actually helps in these jobs, but more like these jobs are so generic and need no special skills that most psy grads no choice
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
psychology jobs income

« Previous Thread | Next Thread »
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
what is the prospect of social science and humanities degree in Singapore? zero_88 Income and Jobs 16 06-10-2016 12:35 PM
A career in science kenn85 Income and Jobs 4 29-05-2013 09:47 PM
European Union scholarship for business/social science masters -Singaporeans eligible warning Education and Personal Growth 0 23-08-2011 10:46 PM
Having problem with choosing my major angeluxdevil Education and Personal Growth 1 23-07-2010 12:56 PM
Computer science career option? zuppy Income and Jobs 2 19-11-2009 11:39 PM

» 30 Recent Threads
Lawyer Salary ( 1 2 3... Last Page)
15,674 Replies, 5,384,474 Views
Compare civil service salary ( 1 2 3... Last Page)
13,384 Replies, 7,906,628 Views
Q: Big4 - Yearly salary increment ( 1 2 3... Last Page)
5,303 Replies, 1,701,405 Views
NCS (SingTel subsidiary) ( 1 2 3... Last Page)
641 Replies, 503,112 Views
What are the signs that your boss... ( 1 2)
10 Replies, 346 Views
How is life as a doctor in... ( 1 2 3... Last Page)
3,463 Replies, 1,622,247 Views
For those with 2-5 YOE, what is... ( 1 2 3... Last Page)
490 Replies, 95,394 Views
MINDEF DXO (All FAQ on it) ( 1 2 3... Last Page)
4,510 Replies, 2,770,998 Views
Civil Service Performance Bonus ( 1 2 3... Last Page)
2,838 Replies, 2,238,261 Views
Cybersecurity/Info security career ( 1 2 3... Last Page)
355 Replies, 66,520 Views
DBS Graduate Associate Program ( 1 2 3... Last Page)
2,149 Replies, 640,012 Views
GovTech ( 1 2 3... Last Page)
1,757 Replies, 490,090 Views
Anyone jobless for a long time... ( 1 2 3... Last Page)
3,201 Replies, 1,382,629 Views
Suitable job recommendations
3 Replies, 211 Views
Mid career switch - social worker
4 Replies, 2,161 Views
Htx ( 1 2 3... Last Page)
62 Replies, 8,684 Views
Cpf senior manager ( 1 2)
10 Replies, 2,906 Views
Changi Airport Group ( 1 2 3... Last Page)
446 Replies, 420,967 Views
Singtel Management Associate... ( 1 2 3... Last Page)
532 Replies, 193,044 Views
DSTA (under Mindef) ( 1 2 3... Last Page)
1,089 Replies, 800,636 Views
NUS (National University of... ( 1 2 3... Last Page)
163 Replies, 137,092 Views
CSA (Cyber Security Agency) ( 1 2 3... Last Page)
393 Replies, 134,455 Views
Work culture in IHiS ( 1 2 3... Last Page)
216 Replies, 166,200 Views
High Finance Thread ( 1 2 3... Last Page)
489 Replies, 147,036 Views
Civil Svc/ Statboard - Typical... ( 1 2 3... Last Page)
4,216 Replies, 1,983,091 Views
OCBC Graduate Talent Programme... ( 1 2 3... Last Page)
956 Replies, 319,326 Views
Career as Teacher ( 1 2 3... Last Page)
4,359 Replies, 2,824,118 Views
infosys, cognizant ( 1 2 3... Last Page)
36 Replies, 3,407 Views
ST Electronics ( 1 2 3... Last Page)
2,487 Replies, 696,193 Views
Standard Chartered International... ( 1 2 3... Last Page)
127 Replies, 86,310 Views
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2



All times are GMT +8. The time now is 04:12 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2