Five Reasons to Study Counselling
With mental health problems an ever-present issue for an unfortunately large proportion of the population, counselling is as important a profession as any. If you're not quite convinced a Counselling degree is right for you, check out our five reasons to study one at university:
1. The opportunity to make a real difference
It is often said that one of the keys to job satisfaction is being able to live in the knowledge you're doing something worthwhile. Well, you'd have to go a long way to find somebody who could successfully argue counsellors don't do a meaningful job. After all, very few professions offer the chance to make a signficant difference to someone's life on a day-to-day basis in the same way Counselling does.
2. You'll learn something you can use in real life
Unlike many university degrees, a Counselling degree will give you knowledge and skills you can use in a personal capacity as well as a professional one. Of course, nobody wants to take their work home with them, but if you have a friend or family member who needs a little support, you'll be able to offer more than just a shoulder to cry on.
3. Exciting degree choices
Counselling is by no means the only subject to offer combined honours degrees, but the choices on offer here are particularly interesting. There are, of course, the unsurprising selection of courses that combine Psychology with Counselling, but there are some other intriguing options such as those that partner the subject with Criminology. If you believe rehabilitation is the key to a reformed character, this may be the degree for you.
4. The chance to apply Psychology
Psychology is a fascinating subject, and we're not just saying that – last year it was the fourth most searched-for subject on our site, so clearly others think so too! However, if you're keen on applying some psychological expertise rather than just acquiring it, Counselling could be right up your street.
5. The range of areas to focus on
Most people in work will tell you there's parts of their job, big or small, they don't enjoy. Unfortunately, that's common to almost everyone in all lines of work, and although a career in Counselling isn't an exception to the rule, it can be better than many other professions. Most counsellors work in a specific area of the field, so whether it's relationship counselling, counselling for children or any of the numerous other options, there's bound to be something that piques your interest.
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