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Let’s continue from where we have left off during the last post:
Day 3Topic: Technological disruptions in private practice: A forum discussion
Speakers: Tey Beng Huan and Edgar Tham
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Day 4Topic: Workplace disruptions and the impact on learning
Speaker: Christy Chung
Although Christy is not from the Psychology field, she provided great insights on how technology impacted on the learning of different generations. From her experience heading a career office, she shared some inputs towards the necessary skills and attributes of today's graduates. She also shared some possible insights towards the upcoming trends where psychology students can consider to venture into.
Day 5Topic: Enhancing Your Psychology Journey Through Volunteering
Speaker: Xavierlyn Tan
This talk is one of the highest attendance out of the five days with active volunteers making up about half of the audience. This resulted in an insightful discussion on volunteering. Let's explore the concept of volunteering as shared in the talk.
Who can volunteer? Everyone!As a unique individual, everyone has something to contribute. It is up to us to decide for ourselves which avenue is best to contribute back to society. Volunteering takes up many forms but can be loosely classified into two categories.
- Personal Interaction
- Soft Skills
- Behind the scenes
- Technical Skills
It is a common belief that volunteering means one must interact directly with individuals of an organisation. But, it is not true! Other forms of volunteering can include video taking, events planning such as planning for a community outreach day to bring awareness to the needy family.
As the different forms of volunteer work require specific skill sets, volunteers are place in a position where they can get out of their comfort zone to better serve the organisation or community, which in turn may also grow the volunteers in terms of their skill set or as an individual.
Perks of volunteeringIt is bewildering how much benefits are tagged to the act of volunteering. There are numerous studies that suggest a correlational nature of volunteering with happiness (Mellor, Hayashi, Stokes, Firth, Lake, Staples, and Cummins, 2007), longevity (Post, 2005) and motivations for self-improvement (Snyder, 2011).
Psychology students reap the additional benefits from these pre-graduation exposures as these may help them decide on their respective specialization. The interaction with the psychology professionals also provides an opportunity to network with fellow like-minded individuals.
My personal takeaway for volunteering is the need to understand the core reason for why I should volunteer. As a freshman, it is important for me to network and get exposed to different fields of volunteering to find a field that I truly keen to work on it. This talk made me realise there is more to volunteering; what really matters is the attitude. The prime reason to volunteer is to give the kindness of your heart. Despite my lack of qualifications, it is still a way to give back to the society.
As an adhoc volunteer, I may shy away from taking up certain responsibilities if I do not believe I am able to do them well. By avoiding the challenging tasks, I do not grow in my capacity as a volunteer. After my due reflection, I’m determined to try new roles if given a chance to return to the society.
“If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.” - Gilbert K. Chesterson
ConclusionWe would like to thank Nelson, Cai Yun, and B, a core member of SG Psych Stuff. To us, PsychWeek 2018 has been an enlightening journey for us and we have also met many wonderful people to share distinct perspectives and to get new insights. To those have attended the PsychWeek 2018, we hope you have learnt something useful as well throughout the sessions.
Mellor, D., Hayashi, Y., Stokes, M., Firth, L., Lake, L., Staples, M., & Cummins, R. (2007). Volunteering and Its Relationship With Personal and Neighborhood Well-Being. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 38(1), 144-159. doi:10.1177/0899764008317971
Post, S. G. (2005). Altruism, happiness, and health: It’s good to be good. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 12(2), 66-77. doi:10.1207/s15327558ijbm1202_4
Snyder, M. (2011). Working for the Common Good: Individuals and Groups Address the Challenges Facing the World. For the Greater Good of All, 167-182. doi:10.1057/9780230116269_10