Psychology graduate eyes crime-fighting career

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Psychology graduate eyes crime-fighting career


Published on 24 April 2014

Studying the fascinating science of psychology has inspired University of the Sunshine Coast graduate Ruby Jones of Caboolture to aim for a career helping the police with some of their more challenging and intriguing cases.

Ruby, 21, who graduated from USC this month with a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology), plans to pursue postgraduate studies in Criminology.

The former Clontarf Beach State High student said her degree studies provided fascinating insight to the workings of the human mind and psychological disorders – and that sparked her interest in a career in which she could really make a difference.

“I aspire to one day working with police, assisting them with cases where professional expertise in psychology is required,” Ruby said.

“My interest in that was inspired by the Abnormal Psychology subject I did as part of my USC studies.

“By analysing the nature of psychological disorders, we can figure out how they can influence people’s lives and we can understand how they trigger certain behaviours.”

In the shorter term, Ruby said she was confident her degree would lead to work in counselling or case management in the health care industry – providing valuable experience to complement the qualifications she will gain through future studies.

Ruby said she chose to study at USC because it offered the program that most interested her and because it was close enough to home to suit her schedule.

“I love the great people I met and the lovely atmosphere that the university has,” she said. “I also really liked how there were kangaroos everywhere.”

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