Do Psychology Graduates Can Only Work As A Counselor? 

Do Psychology Graduates Can Only Work As A Counselor? 

December 29, 2023

Difficulty in development, limited job opportunities, and many theories are what people often think about psychology field.

Is psychology only about studying theories?  

Engaging in practical activities at various levels in class, Tham Quyen, a fourth-year student majoring in psychology at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Ho Chi Minh City, expressed great interest in specialized lessons. “We were able to discuss in groups, write, draw, role-play experiences, and engage in self-analysis”, Quyen said. 

Orienting to develop in the field of clinical psychology for children and adolescents, Tuong Vi, a second-year student majoring in psychology at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, is preparing prepare for her internship at a facility or center in Ho Chi Minh City. 

According to Tuong Vi, some people believe that psychology is purely theoretical and entirely rote learning, while others think that it is a field of focusing on interpreting others’ thoughts or find it difficult to find a job. However, career opportunities for students today are very open due to the high applicability of psychology in many fields of life. “Psychology is not an easy field to pursue, not only learning to support mental health of the community, but also understanding and exploring yourself”, Tuong Vi noted. 

Psychology is developing in Vietnam
Psychology is developing in Vietnam

A turning point in training 

M.A Nguyen Thi Ngoc Vui, a lecturer at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Ho Chi Minh City, stated that psychology is developing, but it needs to be acknowledged that this is a new field in Vietnam and is making changes in universities offering psychology programs, creating conditions for businesses to engage with educational institutions, and allowing students to practice in society to enhance their skills. 

“The university also offers courses that provide opportunities for students to work on personal project, and critical thinking. Every year, the university conducts a survey to gather the requirements of various employers. Based on the data, the university will implement adjustment to the training framework, objectives, and outcomes to meet current demands. Lecturers also increase their expertise and bring technological advancements into teaching”, shared by M.A Vui. 

M.A Vui also assessed that psychology field is growing exponentially in Vietnam with expected rise in market demands. 

Working in human resources industry is a recent trend for psychology students
Working in human resources industry is a recent trend for psychology students 

Regarding the labor market, Ms. Ly Ngoc Tran, Director of HR Outsourcing Services of Talentnet Corporation, stated that currently, businesses are gradually adopting skill-based recruitment, selecting candidates with skills that are suitable for the job, rather than placing too much emphasis on degrees, experience, or specialized knowledge. The human resources industry is no exception to that trend. 

“Psychology students have many skills that are suitable for the human resources industry, such as empathy, communication, flexible thinking, and problem-solving abilities. This is a very good foundation for them to enter the field of human resource management. Graduates can try their hand at many “realms” in the human resource industry, starting with recruitment or employee relations. These are departments that use a lot of communication skills, requiring sharpness to “read” candidates, empathy with workers, and the application of skills and knowledge that psychology students have been equipped within the university”, Ms. Ngoc Tran shared. 

According to Ms. Ngoc Tran, as a place to train and provide high-quality human resources to the labor market, universities should equip students with skills such as resilience to change, perceptiveness, and data analysis skills. 

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