Published on April 23, 2014
Research Methods Class -Careers for Psychology Majors- Presented by: Emily Salazar, Career Services Moody Hall 134, Ph. (512)448-8530, think.stedwards.edu/careerservices
This Presentation Will Cover • Careers for psychology majors • Graduate school options • Resources in Career Services
Careers for Psychology Majors
Ways to Approach This Topic • 1st: Understand that major does not equal career – Your final resume: degree is 2 lines; experience important • Look at your timeline: When do you graduate? How much experience so far? Job or graduate school immediately after SEU/Bachelor’s degree? • If you know what you want to do, plan strategy to build your resume/C.V. • Look at job descriptions • Conduct information interviews
Future Resume or C.V. Hillary Hilltopper address city/state/zip phone email Education Bachelor of Arts, Psychology; Expected ? St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX Experience
Sample Timeline for Job • Spring 2014 – today/almost over • Summer 2014 • Fall 2014 • Spring 2015 • Summer 2015 • Fall 2015 • Spring 2016 How Much Time Do You Have To Build Resume?
Sample Timeline-Graduate School • Spring 2014 Today/almost over • Summer 2014 • Fall 2014 Final research/Decision-making time: Yes/No grad. School? School? Concentration? • Spring 2015 Enroll in a GRE preparation course • Summer 2015 Deadline to take GRE test • Fall 2015 Graduate School application due (includes test score) • Spring 2016 Possible graduation from SEU • Summer 2016 • Fall 2016 Enter graduate school How Much Time Do You Have To Build C.V.?
Ways to Approach This Topic • If you don’t know what you want to do: – Look at lots of job postings – Conduct information interviews – Conduct google keyword searches • Plenty of resources; sometimes too much; need to narrow down – Visit Career Services site: What Can I Do With This Major? – Excellent website: http://careersinpsychology.org – Career self-assessments (some limitations) – Informal career assessment: preferences for work environments, target populations, causes? – Use services of professional associations (“Contact Us”); • Also St. Edward’s associations
Graduate School Options
Choosing a School/Program • Fact: psychology is a broad field • Start your research today! • School websites, concentrations, read the details • Research admissions requirements, deadlines • Research programs, faculty, financing • Correspond with faculty • Attend SEU graduate fair in fall semester
The Application Process • Recommend applying to 12+ schools • Application requirements: – GRE test score – Transcript/SEU GPA – Curriculum Vitae/CV – Essay (Personal Statement, etc. Why graduate school?) – Sometimes an additional essay on specific topic – Letters of recommendation – Sometimes an interview
Career Services Resources
Career Services • Moody Hall 134, ph.512-448-8530 • think.stedwards.edu/careerservices • Hilltop Careers job/internship database – User name = your SEU ID# - Password = seu134 • Social media • CPAM class: section 01/Independent study, section 02/GRE- Graduate school prep • Workshops, job/internship fairs, graduate fair • Online: Career Spots and Interview Stream • LinkedIn, networking, portfolio guidance
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