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Choosing what to study

Five reasons to study Counselling

For those considering a degree in Counselling but need further convincing, we lend our expertise. Here are five compelling reasons to study this subject area.

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1. Make a real difference

One of the keys to job satisfaction is knowing that you're doing something worthwhile. Very few professions offer the chance to make a significant difference to someone else's life on a day-to-day basis in the same way that counselling does.

2. Something you can use in real life

Unlike many university degrees, a Counselling degree will give you skills that 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 some support, you'll be able to offer more than just a shoulder to cry on.

3. Exciting degree choices

Counselling degrees offer interesting combined honours options, such as with Psychology or Criminology. It also teaches transferable skills like presentation, research and communication, as well as a good personal understanding and empathetic mindset, plus the ability to work in complex situations.

4. Chance to apply psychology

Psychology is a fascinating subject, however, if you're keen on applying some psychological expertise rather than just acquiring it, Counselling could be a great choice for you.

5. Range of areas to focus on

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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