Mr Tan believes that his time at JCU has prepared him well for his career. Through
coursework and research-based modules, he learnt the importance of holistic learning and
working effectively in teams that has directly contributed to his work as a special needs
“Having understood the importance of holistic learning and teamwork, I work closely with my
team to design multimodal and learner-centred activities in our teachings. Additionally,
core psychological principles of learning and behaviour, human motivation and emotion, and
human cognition are directly applicable to my current work,” he says.
Mr Tan also benefitted from activities outside of the classroom at JCU, whether it was
representing the university in wushu (Chinese martial arts) competitions around the
world, or having discussions with JCU staff on campus-wide projects such as promoting
environmental awareness and reducing the use of plastic.
Dr Ramsay notes the career prospects for Psychology graduates are promising, as the field is
relevant across a range of professions and industries. “Whatever issue you are facing,
whatever problem you are trying to solve, there is always a human element. Being able to
understand and anticipate how people will think, feel, and behave in certain situations is
the key to workplace success, and employees who can do this will be a genuine asset to their
organisation,” he says.
Another reason for optimism is the strong analytic and research skills possessed by
Psychology graduates. “In the age of digitalisation and big data, employees in all sectors
need to know how to ask the right questions and make sense of the resulting data. In this
regard, Psychology students are taught a variety of research methods that can be applied to
a wide variety of organisational and societal issues,” explains Dr Ramsay.
On his part, Mr Tan plans to take advantage of the expanding professional opportunities
ahead by pursuing the Masters of Psychology (Clinical) at JCU sometime in the future, as he
continues on his lifelong learning journey in his chosen field.