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Any psychologists here?

Postby oreo2008 » Mon, 17 Mar 2008 4:50 pm

Hi there,

Just wanted to know if there are any psychologists in this forum. If so, mind sharing your educational paths and your current job? I want to have a rough feel of the status and current employment landscape of psychology in Singapore, especially org psy. I think its a huge field. Please do share... I'm sure many aspiring psychologists would like to know as well. Thanks in advance.

Let me start the ball rolling. I attained my psy honours degree from Monash in Melbourne. Currently, I have returned to Singapore and am looking for jobs related to organisational psychology. After attaining a few years experience, I might consider doing a post grad in order to attain registration as an org psy.

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Re: Any psychologists here?

Postby ksl » Thu, 20 Mar 2008 5:09 pm

oreo2008 wrote:Hi there,

Just wanted to know if there are any psychologists in this forum. If so, mind sharing your educational paths and your current job? I want to have a rough feel of the status and current employment landscape of psychology in Singapore, especially org psy. I think its a huge field. Please do share... I'm sure many aspiring psychologists would like to know as well. Thanks in advance.

Let me start the ball rolling. I attained my psy honours degree from Monash in Melbourne. Currently, I have returned to Singapore and am looking for jobs related to organisational psychology. After attaining a few years experience, I might consider doing a post grad in order to attain registration as an org psy.


Out of 4.5 million probably 4.4 million are psychologists and they don't even realise it! :lol: What make's a good psychologist? He lets all the patients do the work :lol: :) :wink:

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Re: Any psychologists here?

Postby maneo » Fri, 21 Mar 2008 8:49 am

oreo2008 wrote:Hi there,

Just wanted to know if there are any psychologists in this forum. If so, mind sharing your educational paths and your current job? I want to have a rough feel of the status and current employment landscape of psychology in Singapore, especially org psy. I think its a huge field. Please do share... I'm sure many aspiring psychologists would like to know as well. Thanks in advance.

Don't know why you think it's a "huge field."
Sounds like wishful thinking.
Benefits are not so obvious.

Asian societies are very pragmatic.
Unless you can show how someone else will end up with more money after paying you because of what you do, you will not be able to convince them to employ you.

"Touchy-feely" might sell in the West.
But that's not where you are now, is it?

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Postby whereshome » Thu, 27 Mar 2008 2:46 pm

Hi Oreo,

Try MINDEF, they often hire org psychs for assessments, recruitment, and development.

Also try the Singapore Psych society, they have regular postings on org psych recruitment. In fact they have lots of postings for org psychs.


If you are planning to go back to do a masters, you could always try an internship, that way your employer can get a sense of where you stand. Give companies like PDI, DDI, SHL would give you a go.

Don't be discouraged by others who think have no clue what org psych. They are probably people who have been educated entirely in SG, which makes them a little...erm....narrow? Or to put it crudely...shallow.
lol

All the best!

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 27 Mar 2008 8:30 pm

whereishome,

Good info there. I know that psych is a big field as well. While it's out of my arena, I have relatives here that are both (husband & wife teams) in PsyOps in the Army here, him being a Major with a Phd and her a Captain with a Masters. I am sure there are plenty of opportunities here but you need the connections/links which you so kindly supplied.

Nice post.

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Cheers Sundaymorningstaple

Postby whereshome » Fri, 28 Mar 2008 3:35 pm

Cheers Sundaymorningstaple (geez long name)

Psych has been growing an a tremendous rate in Asia especially Singapore but only those who have,or are working, or know others in big MNCs fully understand its benefits.

Like with all professions that are linked to a specific stereotype, it is subjected to the "you're a psychologist, CAN you read my mind??!!" syndrome...so clearly illustrated by the earlier posts.

Cheers.

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Postby ksl » Fri, 28 Mar 2008 5:41 pm

psychologist are now used in many occupations, and will most definately, be a major contribution, to a better work force, used alot by headhunters in Europe.

Love the subject myself, and use it quite often, to suss people out, although i'm like that, i like to analyze most things, that can be analyzed, it becomes second nature after a while.

What surprises me, is why our suspect terrorist, is still believed to be in Singapore....lets face it, anyone that has been locked up, and is intent on escape, makes plans, before escaping.

I would like to bet 1000k, that the terrorist had been in that same toilet, of which he escaped from, more than once, before his dash to freedom, because like stated in the papers, he was expecting relatives again.

Yes a good psychologist that can get into the minds of certain people, is well worth their salt, although one may have to specialise, like criminal pyschologists, or human resources, plenty of opportunities to look for.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 28 Mar 2008 6:01 pm

whereshome,

sundaymorningstaple = SMS for short.

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Postby maneo » Sat, 29 Mar 2008 1:30 pm

So, oreo, if you haven't received any PM's asking you for more info about yourself, you may have an inkling about the "hugeness" of the field here.

Whether I or any of the others that have responded understand the benefits of org psy is not relevant.
What matters is whether those that must reach into their deep pockets to pull out hard-earned money to pay for this understand.

At least in Asia, the best chance for understanding the benefits of org psy may be here in SG.
Not for the SG market (population only a mere 4M), but with the MNC's that seem to favour SG for Asian presence.

With only a "first degree" opportunities might be limited to Jr. staff or researcher.
That you have an "honours degree" will work in your favour.

The amount of help that firms here need may be limited.
Though they are "MNC's," local management teams typically are teams of only 1.

Only one seems to have posted a position on the SG Psych website so far this year - OCG.
(Note: not mentioned by above). Not really "lots."

However, the MINDEF suggestion is a good one.
MINDEF always seems to be ahead of the curve in SG.
It was an incubator of IT for SG in the early 90's.
If you are an SG citizen (you mentioned you were returning), you could contact them.

The police may have some need (PPSD).
Even universities might (e.g. NTU), assuming they don't require PhD's.

If you're looking for an easy entry -- time to get realistic.
However, if you're looking for a challenge, maybe you've found one.
No better challenge than being at the ground floor of something.
In any case, you will need to sell yourself.


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