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Master of Applied Health and Business Psychology
The Master of Applied Health and Business Psychology provides established professionals an advanced understanding of human behaviour and the application of this knowledge in managing workplace relationships. The program is targeted at professionals in both the health and corporate business sectors and looks to develop career prospects and advance management skills.
For health professionals, the program provides further knowledge of applied psychology to build effective and positive relationships with clients and patients. The program includes a focus on the business environment, an insight to community mental health, suicide prevention and skills to potentially enhance your management career in the health sector.
For corporate professionals, the program provides the opportunity to build specialised skills to become a more effective player in the business management field through the understanding of human behaviour. Students gain experience in management processes, interviewing and assessing staff, managing difficult people, difficult situations and how to become an influential person within the business world in order to achieve results.
The following list provides some example jobs for Applied Health and Business graduates. The various types of jobs will depend upon the previous qualifications and the level of experience gained in particular industries prior to graduating.
- Brand Manager
- Business Development Manager
- Business Relationship Manager
- Case Worker/Manager
- Client Service Manager
- Cultural Resource Manager
- Design Manager
- Development Managers (International Aid)
Getting the Edge
Most employers seek to recruit people who have relevant work experience and an appreciation for their industry. Here is a check list of ideas about gaining experience and industry knowledge.
- Check the type of experience most employers in your field of interest expect. Don’t overlook the part time work you may be currently doing. Most employers understand that the skills are transferrable even if the work is not in their industry.
- Check your academic program for any courses that involve a placement or the opportunity to undertake an industry based project.
- Check your school for Summer Scholarships for research opportunities.
- Check vacancy sites for advertised traineeships, part time employment and vacation work opportunities in your field.
- Source and approach organisations directly about possible work shadowing or information interview opportunities.
- Source and approach organisations directly for paid work opportunities.
- Consider volunteering.
Note: Gaining experience may be important but not at the expense of your studies. Make sure you do not overload your timetable with unrealistic work commitments.
Applied Health and Business employment opportunities exist in a wide variety of industries within small, medium and large organisations. Below is an example of some major organisations which formally target graduates with qualifications in Applied Health and Business.
- Accenture Australia Ltd (International)
- Bain & Company (International)
- BHP Billiton (Australia)
- Booz & Co (International)
- Boston Consulting Group (International)
- Coles (Australia)
- Commonwealth Bank of Australia (Australia)
- Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Australia)
- Department of Defence (Australia)
- Department of Finance and Administration (Australia)
- Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (International)
- Hays (Australia)
- HSBC International Management (International)
- Hudson (Australia)
- Hunter New England Health (Australia)
- Mars Australia (Australia)
- Mckinsey & Company (International)
- Mercer Human Resources Consulting (Australia)
- Michael Page (Australia)
- NSW Department of Health (Australia)
- PricewaterhouseCoopers (Australia)
- Proctor and Gamble (International)
- Rio Tinto (International)
- Thiess (Australia)
- Unilever (International)
- Westpac (Australia)
- Xstrata (Australia)
Some large organisations have specific graduate recruitment programs designed to employ the pick of graduates each year. You must be in your final year of study or recently completed to apply for these programs. The timing of these recruitment drives varies and may occur at any point in the academic year, in some cases starting as early as the first few weeks of the first semester or trimester.
Find out if employers in your area/s of interest have graduate programs, when they typically recruit and what recruitment methods they use. Check with the Careers Service .
Job Prospects and Salary
For up-to-date information please see Job Outlook Australia. This site provides basic Australian labour market information including job prospects, skills requirements and salaries. You might try some of the classifications below as a guide on this site.
- General Managers
- Advertising and Sales Managers
- Corporate Services Managers
- Finance Managers
- Health and Welfare Services Managers
- Hotel and Motel Managers
- Human Resource Managers
- ICT Managers
- Other Education Managers
- Other Specialist Managers
- Policy and Planning Managers
- Production Managers
- Research and Development Managers
- Supply and Distribution Managers
- Transport Services Managers
- Health and Welfare Services Managers
- Human Resource Managers
Societies and Associations
Associations and societies often provide relevant and up to date information about a variety of issues relating to specific industry sectors. These can be a good starting point to learn more about occupations through profiles, industry news, links to academic journals and information on research developments. Many also offer student membership, conference and professional development activities, newsletters and the opportunity to participate in projects.
- Australian Human Resources Institute (Australia)
- Australian Institute of Management (Australia)
- Australian Institute of Training and Development (Australia)
- Business Council of Australia (Australia)
- Career Development Association of Australia (Australia)
- Career Industry Council of Australia (Australia)
Don’t overlook student societies and associations. As well as student chapters of professional associations, some faculties or schools have discipline based student associations. Check your school or faculty web site; perhaps you might start one if one doesn’t exist.
Some academic disciplines run Seminar Programs that involve regular seminars presented by University of Newcastle academics, visiting academics and postgraduate students. Check your schools website for the timetable.
Job Search Sites
Searching job sites is a good way to gain an understanding of: industries recruiting professionals in this field; types of roles and the requirements or expectations of employers for these roles. There are many online job search sites, here are a few to start with:
Australian and International
- CareerHub: the University of Newcastle Careers Service careers and job search site for enrolled students and graduates.
- CareerOne: Australia wide job listings, all levels and industries including executive positions
- MyCareer: Australian and international listings
- Seek: comprehensive Australian job listings, also includes New Zealand and UK listings
- The Big Chair: Management and Executive Jobs