Becoming a junior psychologist is an exciting and challenging step towards a rewarding career in the field of psychology. This phase marks the transition from theoretical learning to practical application, from textbooks to real-life clients, and from observation to active participation. As a junior psychologist, one embarks on a journey of personal and professional growth, honing skills, and gaining invaluable experiences that lay the foundation for a successful career.
Junior Psychologist (BS-17) at Punjab Public Service Commission
Position Overview: The Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) is inviting applications for the position of Junior Psychologist (BS-17) on a contract basis for a period of 3 years. The selected candidate will contribute to the psychological evaluation and assessment processes while stationed at the PPSC Head Office in Lahore and its Regional Offices.
Prescribed Qualification/Experience: Candidates interested in applying for the Junior Psychologist position must meet the following criteria:
- Master’s degree (second division) in Psychology from a university recognized by the Higher Education Commission (HEC).
- The degree should include a special emphasis on theory and practice of test construction, utilization, and interpretation.
- Proficiency in statistical methods and research techniques related to psychology.
- Male candidates: 21 to 37 years (32 years + 5 years general age relaxation)
- Female candidates: 21 to 40 years (32 years + 8 years general age relaxation)
- Transgender candidates: Age and sex identification will be based on their CNIC contents.
Gender: The applications are open to individuals of all genders, including Male, Female, and Transgender.
Domicile: The positions are available on an all Punjab basis, meaning candidates from any district within the Punjab province are eligible to apply.
Place of Posting: Successful candidates will be posted at the PPSC Head Office in Lahore and its Regional Offices.
Syllabus for Written Examination/Test: The selection process includes a written examination/test. The test will be a one-paper MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions) type with a total of 100 marks and a duration of 90 minutes. The test will comprise two sections:
- Prescribed Qualification (80%): Questions related to the candidate’s master’s degree in Psychology, focusing on areas such as test construction, utilization, interpretation, and research techniques.
- General Ability (20%): This section includes questions related to various subjects, including General Knowledge, Pakistan Studies, Current Affairs, Geography, English, Basic Mathematics, Urdu, Everyday Science, and Basic Computer Studies.
Roles and Responsibilities:
Junior psychologists play an essential role in supporting the work of experienced psychologists while simultaneously learning the ropes of the profession. They often work under the guidance of senior psychologists, counselors, or therapists. Their responsibilities may include:
- Assessment: Junior psychologists assist in conducting assessments, administering psychological tests, and interpreting the results. These assessments help to diagnose mental health conditions, cognitive abilities, and emotional states.
- Observation and Note-taking: They observe therapy sessions, client interactions, and group discussions. This allows them to learn different therapeutic techniques, intervention strategies, and client management skills.
- Client Interaction: Junior psychologists often interact with clients under supervision. These interactions can involve active listening, empathy, and communication skills, which are crucial for building rapport and trust.
- Research Support: They may contribute to research projects, literature reviews, and data analysis. This involvement fosters a deeper understanding of the scientific aspects of psychology.
- Documentation: Keeping accurate and organized records of client sessions and progress is vital. Junior psychologists often assist in maintaining these records.
How to Apply: Interested candidates can apply through the official PPSC website by filling out the online application form and submitting the required documents. The application deadline is 1st September 2023.
Note: It’s important for applicants to thoroughly review the official PPSC notification and guidelines before applying to ensure they meet all the eligibility criteria and understand the application process.
The PPSC is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and encouraging diversity in its workforce. This Junior Psychologist position offers an opportunity for qualified individuals to contribute to the evaluation and assessment processes, ensuring the selection of deserving candidates for various positions.