Studying to become an Educational Psychologist

October 5, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski

If you really like working with children and family,
and solving problems, I think it’s a really good profession to get into. I did know through my high school studies
that this was the field I wanted to go into and so when I applied for university
this is my end goal. You’ve got your undergraduate degree first.
So I did a Bachelor of Arts and majored in psychology and minored in sociology and that really set the foundation
for my post grad studies. After that I did a two year
Masters in Educational Psychology I studied in Otago for two years with a
Bachelor of Psychology, minor in education And then I did one year abroad in America,
in the States, and they were really focused around child psychology. And I really enjoyed that line of work
so I went back to Victoria University and studied my Masters in Educational Psychology. I started my Educational Psychology Degree
as a post graduate programme and then after that as a Masters programme. The grades we need are relatively high
so kind of a B+ to A- range. Certainly the higher you get the more chance, I guess,
you have of getting an interview and then onto the Internship year. You also need a number of psychology courses
to get into the Masters programme as well and then to go into the internship. And the final year is the internship
which I’m currently doing. And that’s very different again
because you’re in the job and it’s practical, it’s not too much theory
and written work like my previous studies have been. – Last time when we talked
you briefly mentioned that there were some behaviours that were a bit concerning. An important part of educational psychologist’s work is to be able to work with
the adults around the children, to be agents of change in supporting the adults
in supporting the child. We work within an ecological framework
so we don’t see child development in isolation. We know that their home life, their school life,
their friends, their cultural identity, all of that contributes to their development. So, when we’re looking at how
a problem might be impacting their learning, we take all of that into consideration and we get everybody’s perspective and bring that lens to the problem
and then work out how do we solve this to ensure that the child can access the curriculum. I’m really happy that I chose
educational psychology as a career. It certainly impacts on my life
but I still have so many opportunities to engage in sports activities and play music
and I still keep my hobbies up so it really gives me that work/life balance in terms of
my Saturdays and Sundays are free and I’m also able to play sports and keep up
with things that I’m really enjoying. It’s more than a job. It is a dream job for me. That does sound a bit cheesy
but I love what I do every day. It’s not hard to get out of bed
and come to work. I feel lucky. I feel very lucky to be amongst people who’ve been doing it
for years and years and years. And, picking their brains everyday, asking them,
“How did you do it?” “What do I have to do to be like you?”