For those of you who have them- are they even worth it? Is your quality of life better with one?
I have a mate who did a batchelors. It helped him get into investment banking. But in the end he hated it so went backpacking round the world instead.
I’ve been kicked out of school before I could obtain one. My school made a huge wave of rejections because we were starting to toke between courses, they kicked out almost everybody who did it, mostly immigrants. Of course everyone will tell you’re better off having a good education, that is the status quo. I believe in that too, but I don’t think I came off that bad for someone with a high school diploma. I have resentment towards my school for kicking me out and basically ruining my life, but it isn’t too late, be proud to be young and educated, it will help you in the long run…
I know that here in Phoenix, if you want to get a decent job in the field of psychology, you’ll need a masters, that is, unless you want to work for the horrible county mental health clinics as a case manager. Bachelor’s degrees here are really only good for working in a behavioral health setting, such as a group home or residential treatment facility.
I have an ex who graduated second in her high school class and got her bachelors in English literature and since college has been happily waiting tables and tending bar. She was never doing it out of any sense of competition though…she frowned on that.
I don’t know I’d agree that it seems that masters degree is becoming more and more necessary in the professions.
I see…well I guess I need a master’s then. I might just get a PhD in social psych and become a professor. I know a professor who did that and I sometimes wish I was him. Or get a master’s in clinical and work hands-on in somewhere like a mental hospital. If I do get a master’s, I want to work with criminals, as I am for some reason never scared of criminals as long as they are in custody and not in the real world.
I wonder if I could be a psychologist for the government if I get a doctorate even though I am schizophrenic?
If you want to be a psychologist for the government, you likely will need a clearance. As far as I know, for a SECRET clearance, they will check your criminal history, credit history, and review any hospitalizations after age 18. Visits to the hospital for evaluation are not screened. For a TOP SECRET, they will do the same as for a SECRET, but will also interview neighbors, family members to see if they have any ties to foreign countries, past employers, and 95% of the time, they will conduct a polygraph.
There does seem to be a precedence:
See this information on Fred Freese: