With December around the corner, it is important to keep our mental health in mind as we enter into the holiday season. While this time may be a much needed break away from reality for some, for others it is a time of increased stress and anxiety.
Having worked in the field of Psychology for some time now, specifically within the student community, I often hear negative comments from frustrated students about the value of their psychology degrees. While it is true that an academic qualification has its limitations, in the right context its implications can be limitless. Unlocking the secrets of a Psychology degree has the potential to expand perspectives and diversify opportunities, if approached in the right manner.
“With great power comes great responsibility.”
An academic qualification is a theory-based university programme that prepares graduates for higher-level professional qualifications. Where these programmes lack in practical learning, they make up in creating critical thinkers with an in-depth historical and theoretical understanding of a subject. While these qualifications in Psychology do not lead to registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), they do more than just open the door to postgraduate qualifications; they give students superpowers.
Below I have compiled a list of marketable and transferable skills that, if applied in the right manner, can be valuable assets in the working world. Each superpoweris associated with tangible corporate skills that have the capacity to help any Psychology graduate shine when applying for jobs. These superpowers are intertwined in the very fabric that is Psychology at an undergraduate level; all of which can be extremely valuable to employers across a number of sectors.
As part of our continuous dedication to the Psychology student community, we are launching a new initiative that we hope will help bring even more clarity to the students of South Africa.
On a regular basis, the Cognition & Co team will be joined by Psychologists from around South Africa to answer your questions live on Instagram. While we have done similar events in the past, we wanted to formalize the platform so that you can be heard.
Make sure you keep an eye on our Instagram Stories where you can ask questions and we’ll find the right people to answer them.
If you want to get involved, make sure you follow us on Instagram (@cognitionandco), then look out for our first Cognition & Co Live session later this week!
Applications for the University of Johannesburg Bachelor of Psychology (BPsych) Equivalent programme for January 2022 are now open.
This is a professional qualification that leads to registration with the HPCSA as a Psychometrist for Independent Practice. If you would like to read more about the role and scope of Psychometrists in South Africa, please click here. Additionally, we have an free podcast on the subject that can be found here.
For more information on the programme, please download the UJ information brochure below;
Due to high volumes of queries about this programme, UJ will be hosting an information session online later this month to share information with prospective students. To get all your questions answered please join us for the Psychometry January information session:
It is with great pleasure that we can finally announce that Founder and Managing Director of Cognition & Co, Dylan Benyon, has been accepted to an accredited professional Masters degree in Counselling Psychology for 2022.
His journey has been more of an adventure, spanning more than a decade since he took his first Psychology module at university; the past 5 years he has spent applying for a professional Masters degree.
“The road has been long and fraught with more challenges than I had ever anticipated, but giving up was never an option for me. I have a responsibility to the students of South Africa, and soon I’ll have the qualifications and registration I need to effect real change.”
After being waitlisted for a Clinical Psychology Masters at the University of Pretoria in 2018, he created Cognition & Co as the South African Psychology Student Network, aimed at closing the gap between the students and professionals in the field of Psychology in South Africa.
“Cognition & Co has been my everything for the past three years. It’s given me a platform to advocate for mental health in South Africa, while supporting those that are the future of mental health; the students.”
“There has been such an incredible team of people around me throughout this journey, and I want to extend my sincerest gratitude to each and every one of them; they know who they are! I also want to thank the students for putting their trust in my vision and enabling Cognition & Co to become what it is now. This is only the beginning!”
Dylan will be attending the University of Pretoria next year as part of their Counselling Psychology cohort. Stay tuned to the Cognition & Co website and social media pages for more updates from Dylan. We look forward to sharing all new developments and initiatives with you over the coming months.
“Every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being redirected to something better.” – Steve Maraboli
Cognition & Co mourns the loss of one of the most influential Psychologists of our time, Albert Bandura, who passed away on Monday the 26th of July 2021. His contributions to the fields of psychology and education will forever remain integral features in the teaching and learnings of Psychologists around the world.
Bandura’s social learning theory and concept of self-efficacy were paramount in shaping our understanding of psychology as we know it today. His work was widely credited for helping shift the focus in academic psychology from pure behaviorism to cognitive psychology.
Psychology students and professionals alike will recall Bandura’s famous Bobo Doll Experiment, highlighting the role of observational learning in the shaping of ones behaviour. The results from this experiment changed the course of modern psychology.
Thank you for everything you have given to our field, it has been an absolute pleasure to learn from your work.
Founder & Managing Director of Cognition & Co, Dylan Benyon, has been recognised as one of the Top 200 Young South Africans in the 2021 edition of the Mail & Guardian’s prestigious awards.
This year the Mail & Guardian has once again gone out to search for these dynamic trailblazers, who will leave an indelible mark on our country and the world. Within a list of over 5 000 nominations we have found 200 individuals who have shown Resilience and Innovation for Excellence against a backdrop of the unique and extraneous economic challenges faced globally due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It is an absolute privilege to receive this award and share a space on this list with so many other incredible young South Africans. I appreciate the recognition for the work that I do in the field of mental health, but we still have a long way to go in breaking the stigma around mental illness in South Africa. Through this platform, I will continue to close the gap between the students and professionals in the field of Psychology, and endeavour to use my progressive approach to aid the destigmatisation of mental illness in South Africa.” – Dylan Benyon
Dylan Benyon founded Cognition & Co in 2018 as a means to advocate for mental health in South Africa and give those wanting to study in the field of psychology a place to find information and networking opportunities. His goal has always been to close the gap between students and professionals by creating mentorship initiatives and hosting conferences that allow the professionals to share their experience and insight with aspiring young students. Benyon is committed to doing all that he can to make mental healthcare accessible and available to anyone who needs it, and hopes to see massive strides taken towards the destigmatisation of mental illness in all societies and cultures in South Africa.