Post # 1
And what do you plan on doing in the field?
I’ve always tossed around the thought of majoring in the field. I absolutely loved my psychology classes that I took for education. So, I already have gone through child, educational, and basic psychology. I am now even more intrigued working at a psychiatric hospital, but it’s only as a unit secretary.
I thought about getting a bachelor’s psychology (I’d have about 2-1/2 years of school to complete) and becoming an MHA (mental health associate) for now. I feel as if I can really connect to some of the patients at work. I often want to reach out to some of them, but I am told that I really shouldn’t get involved since I’m only the secretary.
So, I’m just curious as to what you bees are planning to do with your future.
Post # 3
I double majored in Psychology and English with the thought of getting into advertising (Psychology has a LOT to do with that believe it or not!)
I have also considered going into guidance counseling.
Both require more schooling (Master’s) which I’m putting off for a few years, and I’m working an odd job right now not in the field.
Post # 4
I majored in psychology in undergrad, and then went to grad school and got an Ed.M. in psychological counseling. I’m currently working toward becoming an LMHC (Licensed mental health counselor) and I JUST passed my exam (woo hoo!). So I will hopefully be able to look for a more clinical position soon.
Post # 5
I have degrees in psych and criminal justice. I dropped out of a doctorate program, realizing that I was headed down the wrong path for me. My original plan was to do criminal psych working with forensics. I did an intership as well as a work program and decided that it wasn’t for me. I was taking the emotions home with me and had lots of nightmares.
However, as my corporate career (that essentially developed out of no where) has seemed to have played it’s course, I hate what I do, I am thinking about going back into the field and just chaning my focus. I would love to do couples counseling or sexual therapy. We’ll see. I’m still kicking the idea around.
Post # 6
I have a B.S. in Psychology. Thus far, I’ve done nothing with it- I’m an event photographer/worked in the autmotive industry doing marketing and photo. In September I hope to be accepted in a nursing program- it’s been a long road.
Post # 7
I majored in Psychology with a minor in Education.
My first job out of college was working for a Vocational Rehabilitation non profit with adults with severe mental illness. I managed a caseload of 18 adults with severe bipolar, schizophrenia and depression. I helped them find and maintain employment. Met with clients several times a week to several times a month (depending upon their level of need) and counseled them on what was going on at their jobs, in their job search or just in life in general. I worked closely with their therapists and psychiatrists (sometimes even sitting in on sessions) in order to help them get the most out of our services. I also helped them with things around the home like paying bills, organization, nutrition, exercise. I really loved my job but was overworked and underpaid. I left after a year.
I am currently working at an online university as an academic advisor. I help students register for courses, change their programs, choose courses to take, etc. I wish there were more interactions with students and that I counseled more. I make way more than I did at my first job here but Im not as happy. If I could go back I would have never left my old job!
Someday I would like to get a Masters or my PsyD but right now thats just not possible – we cant afford grad school and not having both of us work full time.
Post # 8
Thanks for the feedback! Good luck to all of you!
Post # 9
I majored in psych with a minor in health sci.
I currently work as a postbac in a psych clinic, where I’ll stay for a total of two years before hopefully going to graduate school in clinical psych. I’m much more research-minded than therapeutic, though, so I’ll be working with patients who have chronic pain and studying their pain while also working on therapy approaches to deal with it.
Post # 10
I majored in psychology with a minor in criminal justice and LOVED my psych classes. I graduated and was unemployed for a year because you can’t really do a whole lot with just a Psychology BS and couldn’t really do anything where I moved to. I went to grad school for counseling and graduate in 10 days. I’ll become a Licensed Professional Counselor and probably end up doing therapy with teenagers or adults in a school or agency setting. My long term goal is to open up a private practice.
Post # 11
I have a BA in psychology and a BS in biology. I’m currently in a neuroscience PhD program, I hope to eventually work at a pharmaceutical company (I think!). Not really too similar to what you mentioned doing, but I thought I’d throw it out there as an option 🙂
Post # 12
I minored in psych and majored in studio art. Then I moved on to get my masters in art therapy.
After I graduated i started working with adults with mental illnesses in an intensive inpatient facility. I loved my clients, but ended up quitting for health reasons and now my job is to grow a baby 🙂 I’m sure I’ll be using my degree again in the future though.
Post # 13
I just finished my final class yesterday for my B.A. in Psych.
I’m planning on applying with my the Dept. of Human Resources with the state I live in and possibly work with child protective services.
I did just get accepted to a Master’s program in College Counseling.
So hopefully in a few years I’ll be working at a university or something.
Currently I’m just a high school substitute teacher.
Psych is amazing.
Post # 14
I got my BA in psych. I entered a research-focused clinical psych PhD program the year I graduated, and I’m currently in my 4th year.
Post # 15
I got my BA in psych and decided to continue my studies in a social work master’s program. Now that I am licensed, I work as a clinician at a psychiatric hospital.
If you enjoy working with patients in the mental health field (which, dear OP, it sounds like you do!), I highly recommend social work! Psych is a great spring board for social work studies, especially if you take courses in human development/developmental psych, abnormal psych, and diagnostics.
Post # 16
I was a music major in college. Unfortunately, my BA in Tuba Performance hasn’t led panned out as I originally hoped. I will be going back to school this upcoming semester to persue another degree in Psychology. The big plan is to hopefully be able to meld the two fields together by doing music therapy.
I am fascinated psychology, and how music affects individuals (it is one of the few activities that branch both hemispheres of the brain simultaneously). I can’t wait to start classes for my second degree.