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IMU Psychology Alumnus Secured a Job as a Research Assistant

11 Jul 2016

IMU Psychology Alumnus, Nur Ajirah Bt Abdul Manaf, is currently working as a research assistant. She recalls fondly of her time at the University. “There are many universities and colleges in Malaysia that offers a degree in Psychology. My choice was IMU because of the quality of student – lecturer relationship and the splendid supervision/guidance offered by IMU. The academic experience within IMU has changed me tremendously. During my high school I used to be very passive student. However my educational experience in IMU has changed me into a confident professional. IMU places strong emphasis on optimal educational achievement. It also provides ample opportunities for students to gain various other skills (eg inter-personal skills, leadership skills, community outreach skills) through extra- curricular activity participation. IMG-20160204-WA0006 (2) IMU provides a platform for students to work inter-professionally with students from other programmes (eg. health sciences, medicine, chiropractic etc). Inter-professional learning helped me establish a professional network with other students. As a psychology graduate, I do foresee that I would work inter-professionally with other professionals such as doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, etc. IMU has provided excellent training in this. The quality of students at IMU is very well preserved. Throughout my education I gained various skills which include critical thinking skills which is very crucial for psychologists. The modules within this programme prepares the student well for work life. This was evident during my internship at Psychiatric and Mental Health Department of Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar, Seremban. During my internship the knowledge gained at IMU could easily be translated into practice. I was able to also confidently work with the patients at the hospital as IMU provided sufficient practical training during classes using ‘simulated patients’.

Upon completing my degree, I immediately secured a job as a research assistant. The extensive research knowledge gained during my degree is very advantageous within my current role. My future career aspiration is to embark on postgraduate training in Clinical Psychology.”

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