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Career prospects Positive Psychology and Well-being

As a positive psychologist you focus on positive outcomes, like well-being, happiness, and competence instead of abnormal behavior and psychopathology. You focus on people’s strengths and talents. Positive psychologists can be employed in the broad domain of mental health services, schools and companies. Positive Psychology and Well-being endorses the mission of Tilburg University for its graduates to understand and advance society.

The field of positive psychology

Positive Psychology is concerned with building and fostering positive characterstics, instead of merely repairing weakness or vulnerability. You focus on positive character traits like optimism, to help people cope with adversity and use available resources. The field is concerned with the prevention or future problems, instead of addressing past and present problems. This forward-looking perspective places Positive Psychology inside the realm of coaching, education, and human resource management.

Domains where you can work

Graduates work as psychologist, coach, researcher or trainer at schools and universities,  (non-)profit organizations (HR-departments or training and consultancy firms) and mental health care institutions. 

  • Schools and universities are interested in talent, motivation, success and strengths of pupils and teachers. This positive approach requires experts who can design and guide change processes on an individual, interpersonal and organizational level. 
  • Companies need to match the right people with the right positions, but they also need to foster the talents and strengths of their employees. Positive psychology experts can help by using a positive approach to employees talents and functioning. 
  • Mental health care institutions are also looking to broaden their scope. Psychologists are often disorder-oriented and ignore the fact that people with complaints, also have talents. A strength-oriented focus can compliment a disorder-based approach, which requires experts who not only look at co-morbidities, but also at co-vitalities. 

After your Master's

Your transition to the labor market
Working in the Netherlands after graduation

Interested in the MSc Positive Psychology and Well-being?

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