Human psychology has become a popular study choice for many Year 12 leavers and mature aged students, partly due to the multitude of career choices available. While some students stay on and complete a master’s program, others choose a passionate and rewarding career in counselling.

Ella Cuthbertson studied a Graduate Diploma in Counselling (M6I) and tells about her experiences with the University of Tasmania and her pathway to become a counselling professional now that she is employed in her area of study.

“I began studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science (53Y) which allowed me to learn more about my options in this field. After graduating in 2016 I decided to enrol in the Graduate Diploma in Counselling.

My current studies are giving me the opportunity to broaden my skills. There is a strong emphasis on role-play and simulated scenarios which allow me to continue developing my knowledge base. We have used real life case studies in workshops to gain our practical skills.

Ella Cuthbertson, Graduate Diploma in Counselling.

It has been important for Ella to maintain a good routine while studying.

“One survival tip for when you have a lot of study and work to get through is to prepare early so that you have enough time to complete all your tasks without rushing. If you don’t prepare early you may put yourself under unnecessary stress. I have been working in hospitality throughout my time at the University of Tasmania. I have worked hard to establish a good study and work balance. I also volunteer some of my time to counselling roles in the community.

"The word 'health' means to me more than just the physiological state of our bodies or physical health in general. To me it encompasses mental health and a balanced environment as a part of the overall health of a person. I think the perception of mental health and the stigma attached to discussing this is definitely starting to change.

I would definitely recommend the University of Tasmania because I feel there has been a lot of support for students, not only from the staff in the Division of Psychology but also the mental health workshop days at UTAS which helped.

"I’ve found the support I have received from the teaching team to be really good. The sense of community in Tasmania is really strong and you feel this during your studies.”

Keen to follow in Ella's footsteps? Apply now to study Psychology.