Sometimes study can lead you to places you least expect or to a role you never considered. This was definitely the case for Master of Business Psychology student Liam.
After completing his Bachelor of Science with a major in Psychology in 2013, Liam saw that a career in psychology extended further than just the clinical setting.
“I realised during my undergraduate studies that there were so many interesting fields under the umbrella of psychology – far beyond the stereotype of Clinical Psychology,” said Liam.
Diving into the professional world, Liam worked in employment services and recruitment before securing his current position in the disability and community services sector with Castle Personnel.
It was while in this role that he discovered a passion for human behaviour in the business setting and decided to act on it – returning to study a Master of Business Psychology at the University of Newcastle.
“During my time with Castle Personnel I began to really take an interest in organisational psychology. I realised how much I enjoyed understanding the dynamics of everyday work life – particularly how people interact with one another, what motivates them and how we get the best out of ourselves and our staff.
“I wanted to dig a little deeper, so I applied for the Master of Business Psychology,” said Liam.
It wasn’t long before Liam started seeing the benefit of his postgraduate studies, quickly applying his new learnings to his professional role.
“My study has already provided me with tools and strategies I can use in my current role. In the long term it will give me a better foundation to make an immediate impact to employers,” added Liam.
Looking to the future, Liam hopes to use his knowledge to influence the ways businesses operate in order to enhance performance outcomes.
“The course has allowed me to stay up-to-date with research and progression in the field, as well as learn how to collaborate with people anywhere in the world.
“My goal once I finish my studies is to engage with human resources, organisational development and consultancy departments in businesses and show them the huge impact this field can have on the success of an organisation.”
Liam Wanless is a current student at the University of Newcastle studying a Master of Business Psychology.
I realised during my undergraduate studies that there were so many interesting fields under the umbrella of psychology – far beyond the stereotype of Clinical Psychology