The Masters in Sports Psychology enables students to help sports people stay focused on their goals and stay highly motivated

Need for short term online courses
I have worked in the HR department of a consulting firm for the last eight years and have now been asked to take charge of the CSR department. Since I’m new to this particular area of ​​work, the company suggests it would be helpful to take a course to familiarize myself with the basics. Since my job involves frequent travel, an online program would be preferable. Could you suggest a recognized short course?
Kanav Gandhi, Surah

Among others like Mysore University, Coursera and Edx who offer online courses on this topic for working professionals like you, you can also check out IGNOU’s One-Year Global PG Diploma in Corporate Social Responsibility (PGDCSR) in open and distance learning mode. Anyone with a bachelor’s degree can apply for this program. Besides upgrading your theoretical and practical understanding of the fundamentals of CSR, the course will develop your professional knowledge to formulate, implement, monitor and evaluate CSR projects and programs. Additionally, you can also gain first-hand experience of CSR projects by opting for project work.

Putting experience to good use
I have had over 20 years of varied experience in the corporate sector, where my work included occasional mentoring and training which I particularly enjoyed. So I’m wondering if I should do a master’s in psychology, followed by a doctorate. Will this action plan help increase my long-term prospects? I am 52 years old.
Deepa Awasthy, Vijaywada

What a wonderful thought – to put your time and experience to good and productive use. While there’s absolutely no harm in getting a master’s degree in psychology (and a doctorate after that), a shorter and quicker route would be to earn a reputable certification in life coaching or, alternatively, to undertake career mentorship based on your years of experience in the corporate sector. Your tips would be invaluable to young job seekers as well as those looking to build and enhance their careers. More so for those at the middle management level. Corporate training would be yet another option and there are various verticals where your experience would be very useful.

Outlook in sports psychology
I will soon be finishing my bachelor’s degree in psychology. I also really like sports, having practiced several sports at school. Would sports psychology be a good career for me?
Prabha Tomar

Having played at school level, you would be more than aware of the intense stress and anxiety that sportspeople experience due to the high level of competition and the challenges that they encounter on a regular basis. Although a high level of physical fitness and endurance is mandatory, it is their positive and dynamic mental framework that determines their performance. This is exactly where sports psychologists can play a vital role, helping them to stay focused on their goals and stay highly motivated, in addition to helping them deal with anxiety, fear of failure and reverse. A master’s degree in sports psychology typically covers modules on psychobiology, sports counseling and movement therapy. Passionate about sports, the advantage of this job is the opportunity to work with high level players, sports clubs and sports promotion organizations. Although there are excellent courses abroad, in India you can check out the following:

Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education, D/o Sports Psychology, Gwalior (www. (LNIPE is a reputable NAAC accredited university, under the M/o Youth & SportsGoI)
Course: Master in Physical Education (Sports Psychology), 2 years
Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar (
Course: MSc in Sports Psychology
Amity Institute of Behavioral & Allied Sciences, Noida
Course: Diploma in Sports Psychology
Indian Institute of Sports Medicine, Chennai (
Course: MSc Sports & Fitness Psychology

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