One of the things learned that I found interesting is forensic psychology. This a discipline involving the specialization in applying psychological knowledge when it comes to legal matters in civil and criminal contexts. The first major takeaway is that a forensic psychologist’s responsibility revolves around the examination of mental states of criminal defendants from the insanity to how competent they are to stand trial. He or she can also provide crucial information and knowledge in matters relating to child custody or family law and violence risk assessment. The second takeaway is that forensic psychology is growing rapidly, which might be good news for people focusing on joining the career. With modern society obsessed with all things criminal, forensic psychology will be a marketable career opportunity. Third, like many careers, there is the downside of forensic psychology with criminal experts arguing that forensic psychology experts are often hired to push a certain agenda or give a specific opinion in a case.
Choosing the right career is everyone’s dream, and nobody would want to venture into a career that will change their lives for the worse. One of the strategies I intend to use to map out my professional path is identifying and interviewing people in the field I am interested in. For instance, in the event I would likely to be a forensic psychologist, I will identify and interview experts and experienced individuals in the field. They would provide me with information of what is expected of people in the field as well as its advantages and disadvantages as a career. Also, I would use social media platforms to seek out professional opportunities. A platform such as LinkedIn would provide the much-needed help when it comes to mapping out a professional path.