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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 work field of positive psychology

      As a Positive psychologist you focus on positive outcomes, like well-being, happiness, and competence instead of abnormal behavior and psychopathology. This inversion is profound because psychological health is much more than merely the absence of disease.

      Positive Psychology is:

      • Concerned with building and fostering positive characteristics in humans instead of repairing weaknesses and vulnerabilities. 
      • Focused on positive character traits like optimism, which helps people cope with adversity and helps them to use available resources to maximum effect.
      • Focused on the prevention of 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 can work for example as psychologist, coach, researcher or trainer at schools and universities, profit and non-profit organizations and mental health care institutions

      • Schools and universities are paying attention to talent, motivation, success and strengths of individual pupils/students and teachers. In order to realize this positive approach, expertise is needed that can be offered by people educated and trained in designing and guiding change processes on an individual, interpersonal and organizational level (e.g. coaches, counselors, trainers or consultants).
      • Companies are increasingly in need of experts who can help them to recruit the right people in the right positions and companies also search for methods to gain insight into the talents and strengths of employees in all age categories. For this reason, experts are needed who use a different and much more positive approach to employee talents and functioning.
      • Mental health care institutions also need to broaden their scope. Psychologists are still too one-sidedly trained in disorder-oriented thinking and still ignore the fact that people with complaints are also people with talents. In addition to a disorder-based approach, a strength-oriented approach is needed. This 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

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