"I undertook psychology as a major within my Bachelor of Arts, where most of what I learned was theory-based. However, the workplace requires more practical research... The internship part of the Master of Applied Psychology exposes students to real work settings."
Elaine started the Master of Applied Psychology in 2019 after completing the Bachelor of Arts in 2018, also at the University of Melbourne, and the International Baccalaureate back home in Hong Kong.
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Why the Master of Applied Psychology?
Psychology is a broad subject. I undertook psychology as a major within my Bachelor of Arts, where most of what I learned was theory-based. However, the workplace requires more practical research. Having said that, I hoped to be able to explore psychology in a more applied setting, which could allow me to adapt to the working environment.
The internship part of the Master of Applied Psychology exposes students to real work settings. My work placement company is an expert in market research, which is closely related to applied psychology. This placement allows me to apply theories I have learned in school into a business context.
I am hoping to go into the field of consulting. Consulting is to provide insights based on data analysis. My current internship focuses largely on data analysis, which is a part of the process of producing a business report. I think it’s beneficial to know the procedure to run analyses, so that I can have a better understanding driving the insights.
Why the University of Melbourne?
The University of Melbourne has a prestigious reputation, which I believed would open so many doors for me either in the degree or future career path I am pursuing.
Transition to university:
The university holds many activities each year to support students with their transitions. This includes mentoring program during orientation weeks and academic support in the semesters.
Advice for students
Have fun and enjoy yourself! Live your student life to the fullest by finding a balance between your academic commitments and social life.