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Old 11-15-2009, 09:36 PM
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My aunty has a Master's degree in Psychology specialising in Education and Exceptional Children from Iran.. her son is currently in Australia on a student visa.

She is looking at different avenues to migrate to Australia; it seems that the most practical way to go forward is for her to apply for a student visa and complete her PHD.

Her main question is if she was to do this and complete her PHD in Psychology; what will happen thereafter? Is there a demand in the job sector for this specific field?

Anyone who has had experience or any information relating to this field please help!

Thanks alot.

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Old 11-16-2009, 12:53 AM
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Hi vfu and welcome to the forum,

Are you yourself already in Australia?

And reason I ask is that though I do not have detailed knowledge of the psychology field nor the application of it to children/education it is an area that could likely grow, especially as Australia's population grows and we do get refugees from various troubled regions of the planet, so if you are in Australia, then together with your Aunt's son, one of the best ways to get a feel for demand would be to make contact with the areas where psychologists are likely to be employed.

And some ideas on that:
There are regular articles on the troubles of children in education and life generally that make it in to the media though I'm not aware of the funding for employment for psychologists and even where there could be employment spots with education departments, in universities or health departments and hospitals, the opposing force especially in current economic times is usually governments looking to trim costs rather than expand them.
Labor governments as we have in power federally and in all but one state are somewhat renowned for being more liberal with the public purse.

In making contact with other psychologists and government departments etc.[getting past the administrative people to pscychologists themselves] you may even come across some who know of programmes that governments are considering, there for instance always being a concern that is regularly expressed on indigenous and half caste children [a lot more problems than getting them into education].

As for emigrating to Australia, yes, getting a student visa to complete a PhD here is a possibility and whereas student visas may provide a pathway to PR emigration there are no guarantees but it does seem there is a special mention of higher level study in current processing priorities - but that is some way down the track and right now the priority area is under review, a new announcement overdue and likely to be a few months yet, so nothing is too certain.

Other than of course there are considerable fees associated with student visas, the funds that your Aunt will need to show as available to support herself and any other family members and then the University fees as well.

One area that the government does seem very much focused on is to make use of the Employer Sponsored visas as that means people are coming here to take up employment in an area that has shortages, something very important in higher unemployment times so perhaps that is one area your Aunt should closely examine - Employer Sponsored Workers - Workers - Visas & Immigration

And even doctors and other medical professions do use the 457 temporary residency visa as a pathway to obtaining permanent residency employer sponsorship.

My little knowledge of PhD study is that there is likely a specialised field in which a person does their research to have findings accepted accademically and professionally and it can be that those undertaking the Doctorate courses may have been involved in seeking the funding from benevolent organisations, there being many global trust funds established by wealthy benefactors and your Aunt may likely have already explored that area and made enquiries.

The other approach is that she may be able to find an employer sponsorship arrangement to become part of a research team.

But whatever way, it is going to take some searching, knocking doors of possible opportunity so to speak to find either PhD openings or other employment.

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