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Four important skills you will learn studying psychology



A recent report by Deloitte revealed that jobs are increasingly likely to require cognitive skills such as creativity, logical thinking and collaboration. As technology evolves, the right set of core skills will mean that employees can add even more value to multiple industries. 

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology at Monash Online covers a wide range of transferable skills that will aid you in both your personal and professional development, no matter what path you choose to take. 

Below are four key skills you'll learn studying the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (GDP):

1. Research skills

Knowing where and how to find information is critical to any industry, but even more so when it comes to studying human behaviour. Wherever your GDP takes you, it's likely you will need to be able to collect, examine and quantify data, as well as compare different behavioral theories. Knowing how to do this will help you come up with business proposals based on customer behaviour insights in the business world, or develop patient treatments if you head down the clinical path. 

In PSY4111: Psychology 1A you’ll participate in online activities such as formative quiz presentations and interactive discussion forums, providing training in research techniques. One of the key takeaways of completing this unit is the ability to research the literature on a topic of relevance and analyse your findings into a concise report. 

2. Communication

Strong communication skills come in handy when dealing with clients and colleagues. Having a clear and concise communication style will allow you to articulate research outcomes and develop effective relationships.

The PSY4051: Research design and analysis unit comprise of three components, one of which involves undertaking a research project under the supervision of a member of staff. This component will help you learn how to communicate scientific ideas, results, and conclusions using appropriate language, formats and digital technology. 

3. Knowledge of human behaviour 

Understanding human behaviour is at the core of psychology. No two people are the same, so being able to identify and measure different behaviours can help us understand how personalities, beliefs, and values are developed. It's clear why this is important if you are a psychologist, but it is also a valuable skill to have in the corporate sector. Understanding what influences and motivates employees can play a vital part in an organisation's productivity. 

In PSY4081: Perception and cognition, students explore the principles of perception, compare the sensory and perceptual processes specific to vision and speech, and research approaches within cognitive psychology. This would suit someone interested in roles such as a Marketing manager, user experience designer or customer experience specialist, because it will help you to understand how people interact with their environments and how images and colours affect someones response to a brand.

In PSY4032: Abnormal psychology, students explore important aspects of abnormal behaviour, including historical influences, specific psychopathologies, treatment methods, and legal issues. As a result, students learn to distinguish between and analyse the psychological, environmental and biological determinants of human behaviour. 

4. Critical thinking

Being able to identify and examine different techniques and concepts will give you the skills you need to back up your own theories. This is an important skill to have if you are a psychologist because it will help you make definitive diagnosis and develop treatment plans. If you’re considering a role in other industries, for example within the corporate environment, social services or public sector, strong critical thinking can lead to effective strategic planning backed up by informative research. 

For example, the PSY4140: Introduction to counselling unit covers the field of counselling psychology and requires students to compare and contrast different theoretical perspectives and reflect on how these ideas would influence their own counselling practice. As a result, students learn to critically analyse various concepts and use this information to come to their own conclusions. 

The future of skills

As technology continues to evolve, so too does the shift from manual work to cognitive tasks in the workplace. As a result, the demand for inherently human skills in the labour market is increasing. A course such as the Graduate Diploma in Psychology can help set you up for success by equipping you with the knowledge needed to adapt to the changing work climate, making you a valuable employee. 

Find out more about the Graduate Diploma in Psychology by visiting our course page, or book a call with a Course Consultant to discuss your goals and options.