Psychology is the study of the human mind and its functions. I am interested in psychology because I think it is fascinating how people’s minds work and how they are affected by different things. It is also kind of interesting to try and understand how people think. I already knew that psychologist have their own area where they work and that it not a really hectic environment. I hope to learn if the job is stressful and requires a lot of work outside the scheduled work hours.
I set up an interview with Dr. Rob Geis. He is a psychiatrist but he knew how to answer all my questions about psychology. The only real difference between psychiatrist and psychologist is that psychiatrist has to go to medical school and can prescribe medicine while a psychologist cannot.
I interviewed Dr. Geis on March 19 over the phone. He was very informative with the answers he gave me to my questions. It did not feel awkward talking to him and I felt that I could ask more questions without feeling like a bother to him. He was very polite and gave me time to write and did not rush me at all.
According to Dr. Geis, he pursued this career because he was genuinely concerned for people and wanted to help them with their problems. A person should not take out their frustration on their patients or judge them because of their problems. Generally people pursue this career because they want to help people with mental problems. People who are interested in studying other people could take interest in this career also. People who are problem solvers or like to listen to what is going on in people’s lives.
In order to become a psychologist there are some requirements that are needed. A college education is requirement. The degree that is required depends on the type of field one wants to specialize in, but the minimum degree one would need is a bachelor’s degree. This degree does not give a lot of job opportunities or have a high salary. The best degree to possess is a doctoral degree because then it will make an employer more willing to hire a person with a higher degree. It shows that that person is passionate and would be willing to work hard. A person with a doctoral degree does not have to work for someone; they can start their own practice. A person interested in psychology will have to go to graduate school at least 2 to 7 years and also go through a year of internship. Dr. Geis attended college for 4 years at University of Illinois. For medical school, he attended Southern Illinois University for 4 years. He completed 1 year of internship, 3 years of residency, and 1 year of fellowship. Fellowship is a program which allows a person to receive special training in a specific field (Geis). For a total of 15 years, Dr. Geis was preparing for his career in psychiatry.
Specific skills with people are good to have for this career. Some skills a person should have or work on developing are having patience in stressful situations, thinking logically, being compassionate,...