Thursday, December 4, 2014

Career in Psychology

I got a query from someone about career in psychology. What I could understand that, this guy is an engineer and working somewhere. He is not interested in the field where he is working and he likes/ has interest psychology. He want to do a distance learning course (possibly without leaving a job).

Here is the transcript. Please ask your quesry. I may elaborate this article later


Rajesh Kumar says
I work in IT industry after finishing my UG in Mechanical Engineering. Now I would like to change my profession to Psychology as I feel I am passionate about it and I am interested in areas like counselling psychology, clinical psychology, cognitive etc. I need some clarifications for switching to new career.

1. Is it worth to do a PG in Psychology in distance mode?

2. Can I go for MA or MSc and what is the difference between both degrees?

3. What are all best institutions to study is distance mode?

4. How long it will take to finish MA and PhD later?

5. What about job scope and opportunities after my degree?

6. How much it will cost to finish PG and PhD Approximately?

7. Any suggestions for me?? Thanks in advance!!!

Please read my article on PhD and various other subject matter also and see my reply as follows:


1. Is it worth to do a PG in Psychology in distance mode? 
Worth only if it has extensive, practical curriculum, look for IGNOU MA Psychology more than course, it is your own skills which are important

2. Can I go for MA or MSc and what is the difference between both degrees? 
Only nomenclature, look for syllabus content

3. What are all best institutions to study is distance mode?
IGNOU
Annamalai University (M.Sc. Applied Psychology)
Madras University M.Sc. Counselling Psychology

4. How long it will take to finish MA and PhD later? 
2 years for MA, 3 years for PhD

5. What about job scope and opportunities after my degree??
For job scope, pursue a full time from a reputed institute like TISS, as far as opportunity you may work in HR, freelance counsellor and so on


6. How much it will cost to finish PG and PhD Approximately?
Within 50,000 again depend on institute to institute



/7. Any suggestions for me?? Thanks in advance!!!
First take few MOOC course in psychology and then decide whether you really want to make career in psychology. Think, why you want to pursue psychology. after completing MA and research, there are multiple field and if you just want to be a counsellor or similar kind of role. you may need not to pursue course.

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