Matthew Cartwright is enthusiastic about his career prospects.
“The variety of future work opportunities I can explore include everything from disability to forensic sectors, hospitals, clinics, private practice—the range is quite incredible,” he said.
Matthew is currently halfway through his Master of Psychology (Clinical) at Charles Darwin University, and can seek general registration as a psychologist when he completes his studies. And though—like Matthew—you’ll need a minimum six-year sequence of education and training for general registration as a psychologist, there are also many career paths available to Bachelor of Psychology graduates.
But before we list some of those paths, Matthew has a few essential thoughts on why he entered the field of psychology in the first place—and what makes a good psychologist.
What motivated me to study psychology was the difference I can make to individual lives and to entire communities.
"I’m drawn to work in communities that need additional support and advocacy, and I think Darwin’s well-placed in terms of having world-class education resources and requiring a diverse range of psychological services.
“One of the most important aspects about being a psychologist is having the capacity to connect and establish a professional relationship with others—it requires empathy and unconditional regard for others,” said Matthew
So, where can a psychology degree take you?
According to the Australian Psychological Society, it can set you up for a career in social work, child protection, welfare work, community corrections, disability support, drug and alcohol, youth work, administration, management, or policy and research.
A psych degree will also look good on your resume when you’re applying for customer service roles in government organisations such as Centrelink, or in case management positions where training is provided on-the-job. These can include roles for housing officers and other positions with the Australian Government Department of Human Services, residential care workers in juvenile justice, and administrative support officers in government and non-government organisations.
You can also find opportunities in market research, public relations, industrial relations, human resources, and recruitment. A psychology degree can also be an excellent foundation for careers in nursing, speech therapy, occupational therapy, rehabilitation counselling, audiology and other health care careers.
Psychology students also need to look after their own mental health, says Matthew, who clearly knows how to follow his own good advice.
Balance is vital to general well-being. It’s an absolute delight to start the day with minimal traffic driving to CDU. I engage with great people and finish the day watching an amazing sunset while on a bike ride or having a swim.
Ready to take your passion for change to the next level? Study Psychology with CDU.