Letter to my niece explaining what psychology is all about
Grant McEwen College
It has been a long time since I have sent you a mail, how is life treating you? I have heard recently from your father that you are planning on taking psychology as your major at university next fall after your graduation, and since I am majoring in the same course at the moment, I thought I can give you a brief idea as to what psychology is all about.
One of the most stereotypical misconceptions about majoring in psychology is that graduates with only a bachelor's degree i.e. without a master's degree, is unemployable. It is true that advanced training is necessary to practice as a professional psychologist. However, many jobs out there require only a bachelor's degree, such jobs include public relation, probation and parole officer, employment interviewer, sales etc. More importantly, according to the American Psychological Association (APA brochure, 2003), in 1999, only 5% of the 1997 and 1998 psychology BA recipient went into fields that are related to psychology. Truth is that psychology is more than just a mere textbook subject but is actually a good way to prepare yourself for the future. Studying in psychology will help a person develop its analyzing, problem solving, research as well as evaluation skill, which is essential for any job or business.
Another thing that people tend to get confused about is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist, I know I certainly did back then when I was still in high school deciding what I wanted to take as my major. To explain the difference, I will start off with the most common question: What is psychology? To put it in a simple term, psychology is basically a study of people: how they think, how they act, react and interact. It is concerned with all aspects of behavior and the thoughts, feelings and motivation underlying such behavior. To become a... [continues]
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