8 signs you’re perfect for a career in psychology

Psychology is a subject that interests a lot of people, but not everyone is cut out to transform it into a successful career. Ever find yourself wondering if you could make it as a psychologist? Here are eight signs that you could be perfect for a career in psychology:

1. You have a curious nature

There are several careers which are made for those with a naturally curious mind and psychology is definitely one of them. A psychologist has to have that urge to find out what makes people tick. Every case you come across will be different, so the more you learn about psychology, the more you’ll feel that there’s so much you’re yet to discover. Your curious nature will drive you forwards and help you to excel as a professional psychologist. 

2. You’re the friend everyone feels they can confide in 

Every friendship group has that one person that everyone can rely on to offer sound advice, no matter what their problem. Sound like you? Then you’re obviously a very trustworthy person, and that’s something that’s really important if you are wanting to become a psychologist. If you’re working in a client-facing role, building a relationship with your clients that is based on trust is crucial. If you already hold the title of ‘trustworthy friend’, then that’s an indicator that you could be great in a psychological role. 

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3. You’re a good listener 

As well as being able to trust in you, your friends may have pointed out that you’re a good listener. For a psychologist, this is another really important trait as it’s likely that the role would involve listening to others talk about themselves for long periods of time. Being able to concentrate on what clients are saying, interpret their words and respond appropriately is a big responsibility, so being a careful listener is absolutely critical. 

4. You enjoy helping and working with people 

A career in psychology requires you to work closely with others with the aim of achieving a shared goal. Whether it’s working closely with colleagues to conduct potentially life-changing research, or holding one-to-one sessions with clients, psychology offers plenty of opportunities to help others. You certainly have to be a people person if you want to chase a career in psychology, so if you find the prospect of helping others motivating, you could be the perfect match for the profession. 

5. You’re open-minded and non-judgemental 

In psychology, there’s no room for close-mindedness and judgement; psychologists must be supportive of their clients, and clients must feel comfortable discussing things openly. If you’re easy to talk to and capable of avoiding preconceptions, then that’s certainly going to work in your favour if you decide that a career in psychology is for you. 

6. You’re a confident communicator 

Verbal communication is really important in psychology, and so is the ability to listen well and interpret what others mean. Reading nonverbal cues, such as body language and eye contact (or lack of), is also really important if you’re a client facing psychologist. If you would describe yourself as a confident communicator, then you have just one of many personal traits it takes to succeed in psychology. 

7. You love kicking back and watching a psychological thriller… 

Someone asks you to name a few of your favourite films: Memento, Seven and A Beautiful Mind are just a few that spring to mind. While many people find psychological thrillers difficult to watch when they’re trying to unwind, you’re quite the opposite. If you feel like your interest in psychology has the potential to extend past your DVD collection, a career in the field could be right up your street. 

8. … and always figure out the twist 

Not only do you enjoy watching psychological thrillers in your spare time, but you always (or almost always) manage to figure out the plot twist - and take great pride in it, too! If this ability comes naturally, or even if you find yourself consciously putting the effort into figuring out what’s coming next, then psychology is clearly an area you have potential in. What’s the harm in seeing where it can take you?

Does psychology sound like a perfect fit for you?