- What is the best thing about your current profession?
As cliche as it sounds, being able to help other people is the best thing. Especially the client’s who have a success story, it’s so great to see someone grow and know that you were a part of that growth.
- What is the biggest negative of your profession?
You have to remember that you can’t save them all. At my first job, I was notified that a client had committed suicide. Sometimes it’s hard to keep work at the office. It takes an emotional toll on you. That’s why self care for psychologists is SO important.
- What do you think would be important traits to have to work in this profession?
A genuine heart. Good listening skills. Patience.
- What traits are not traits that would blend well with this profession?
An ego. Wanting to one up people. Overly emotional person. Having no emotions at all.
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- Do you believe that it is harder to be a recent graduate to succeed in this profession then it was when you started working in this field? Why/why not?
Not at all. There is always a demand for psychologist. Psychology and psychologists can be applied to any job.
- What sub fields of psychology interested you initially? Why?
My degree is in forensic psychology. I have a passion in working with people on probation, as I believe they are in a huge transitional period in their lives and would benefit from all the assistance they can get. My second job, I worked with offenders of domestic violence. At my fourth job, I worked in juvenile hall and helped rehabilitate the children who were incarcerated.