Career dealing with human mind

Subhankar Choudhury (name changed) assistant manager in a foreign bank has a schedule busy enough to wipe off the Sundays from his life. Four months back he had an accident and was in bed for two weeks. In the competitive world he feels he has lost a lot in those two weeks. This very thought and pushed him into a phase that many would call abnormalcy. He has taken up drinking and his finding it hard to sleep without sedatives. His social life is declining at a rapid pace.

Somewhere in the same city is Abhishek Mallik (name changed) who is just about to finish his work at the rehabilitation & counseling center. His day starts off at around noon but mainly picks up at the late afternoon. The patients he meets are often victims of severe mental stress, depression, and also victims of substance abuse or alcohol.

They may not have crossed each other but somewhere in the vicinity of the urban silhouettes is share a connection. Both of them showcase the present life – one who is losing the battle of life while, the other making a life by guiding these individuals towards the brighter road. Research says that out of every 7 people 3 are likely to be victim of different mental disorders. Targets, meeting and booming economy is taking a toll on human life.

Not just restricted to the IT sector but individuals with mental disturbances can be found anywhere and in every strata of the society. What adds to it is the unstable family life that is often the result of job profile. Counselors like Abhishek are the people who are in demand now. Many companies and organizations often take the services of psychologists to ensure the individuals associated with them are not emotionally disturbed.

Psychology is a branch of science that deals with the most difficult area part of the human body – the human mind. The job is difficult as one need to study and understand the pattern of human thoughts, process, motives, reactions, feeling and its nature. The field is not much related to medication as a psychologist’s task is to bring in a change in the thought process of the patient.

A psychologist is required for his expertise in various types of cases ranging from OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) to paranoid personality disorder. Often their help is taken to provide pre-operative and post operative counseling, especially during critical treatments. Their work is influenced by the areas of their specialization. With the increasing stress level and depression their job is often integrated with that of a HR. Many companies hire counselor to increase their human resource potential. Apart from this they also have opportunities universities, colleges, schools, government agencies, NGOs, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and research establishments.

There are several specializations in this field: Clinical Psychologists, Educational Psychologists, Social Psychologists, Counseling Psychologists, Developmental psychologists, Industrial Psychologists, and Research Psychologists.

The demand for this course was not high few years back keeping in mind the number of enrollments taking place in different institutions. One can take up psychology at Plus Two or equivalent level. After graduation one can go for M.A. or M.Sc. in Psychology. Further, a student can also enroll for doctorate level programs like Ph.D. or M.Phil. There is also Diploma program of one year in Special Education or Mental Retardation.

Like any other job, this too has its work pressure. Often solving others problem and finding a way out for a depressed person can make one develop a state of mind. So experts say unless one has the urge to serve the society and individuals, the profession may prove to be difficult. In the beginning of the career a trainee is expected to get around Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 6,000. With experience the remuneration is likely to go up around Rs. 15, 000 or more.

With the growing problems of the urban plethora the demand for professional psychologist have increased and if you feel you have the ear to hear out others problem then the line is sure to offer you a complete job satisfaction.

Few Institutes where you can study:

  • Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
  • University of Delhi, New Delhi
  • University of Calcutta, Kolkata
  • Bangalore University, Bangalore