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1 CAREER OPTIONS FOR THE PSYCHOLOGY MAJOR Presented by Toi Tyson and Jennifer Broyles Career Services ~ Busch Campus

2 The Benefits of Earning a Bachelors It makes a statement about your intellectual and learning abilities It suggests that you have the ability to set a goal, carry out plans & manage resources Completion shows that you did not give up or quit It is the minimum requirement for a variety of jobs in numerous work domains According to PsiChi.org

3 The Benefits of Majoring in Psychology Psychology majors typically start out with an above-average interest in people Courses taken encourage understanding and appreciation for a wide variety of people and perspectives Prepares you with skills that are specifically needed in various work fields According to PsiChi.org

4 Top Qualities/Skills Sought by Recruiters (from National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook 2006 Survey) 1. Communication skills (verbal and written) 6. Flexibility/Adaptability 2. Honesty/integrity 3. Teamwork Skills ( (works well with others) 4. Strong Work Ethic 5. Analytical Skills 7. Interpersonal Skills (relates well to others) 8. Motivation/Initiative 9. Computer skills 10. Detail-oriented

5 The Transferrable Skills of Psychology Majors Interpersonal Communication Skills (oral and written) Analytical Skills the ability to observe, analyze & interpret information Critical & Inferential Thinking Insight to deal effectively with people Problem Solving Decision Making Good Listening Concern for and sensitivity to others Research Skills

6 Real Life Career Paths of former Psychology majors

7 POSITION: Senior Neuroscience Specialist Current Responsibilities: Pharmaceutical Specialty Sales for Abbott Laboratories Previous Jobs: Customer Service Rep and Account Specialist Psychology Major, Rutgers University

8 POSITION: Human Resources Assistant Current Responsibilities: College Recruiting, Interviewing Sourcing, Resume Screenings For Amerada Hess Corp Previous Jobs: Resident Assistant and HR Intern Psychology & Labor and Industrial Relations Double Major, Rutgers University

9 POSITION: Residential Counselor Current Responsibilities: Counselor for SERV Behavioral Healthcare Previous Jobs: Social Science Counselor, Life Skills Trainer Director of Activities Psychology Major, Rutgers University

10 Entry-Level Career Opportunities Fields to consider: Business Non-Profit Organizations Education Government Healthcare

11 Human Resources Personnel Sample Titles: Generalist, Recruiter, Trainer, Assistant Nature of the Work: Recruit new employees Assist with personnel hiring decisions at almost every level, from a company's upper management to its line workers Manage benefit and compensation packages Help with employee training Assist with outplacement services for laid off employees Skills Required: Good communication skills Ability to work in a team Integrity and fair mindedness Flexibility Strong Organizational Skills; Ability to multi-task Salary and Outlook Starting average salary $33,621 (NACE Sept. 2005) Occupation is growing faster than the average through 2014 (BLS)

12 Banking and Financial Services Sample Title: Financial Analyst Nature of the Work: Interpret how national and international events such as politics, technology, money exchange rates, etc. can influence the prices of stocks and bonds or business transactions. Make recommendations to clients as to which specific bonds and stocks to buy or sell based on predictions of financial status or earnings of those bonds and stocks. Skills Required: Analytical and Problem Solving Skills Information Handling Numeric Computation and Money Management Computer Literacy Writing Salary and Outlook: Average annual starting salary is $42,000 and about $53,800 with a master's degree. Bonuses are awarded based on performance. Job opportunities will be quite favorable for the next 10 years.

13 Public Relations Sample Titles: : Account Specialists, Media Relations Officers, Public Affairs Officers Nature of the Work: Serve as advocates for businesses, nonprofit associations, governments, universities, hospitals, schools, and other organizations; Strive to build and maintain good relationships with the public. Put together information to keep the public, interest groups, and stockholders aware of the policies, activities, and accomplishments of an organization. Inform management of relevant public attitudes and concerns. Skills Required: Ability to write and speak well; Creativity and initiative An outgoing personality and self-confidence An ability to express thoughts clearly and simply Good judgment, decision-making, problem-solving, and research skills An understanding of human psychology Enthusiasm for motivating people Competitiveness; An ability to function as part of a team Salary and Outlook: Average starting salary $30, 312 (NACE Sept. 2005) Opportunities are expected to increase faster than the average through 2012 (BLS)

14 Higher Education Nature of the Work and Sample Titles: Admissions: Recruiting, evaluating and admitting students; work with financial aid directors who oversee scholarship, fellowship, and loan programs. Alumni Relations: : Planning events, communicating with alumni in the form of letters & magazines, updating their contact information. Development: Fundraising, soliciting alumni, family & friends of a university, researching donor potential, writing letters, planning fundraising events. Skills Required: Excellent verbal and written communication skills Outgoing Personality; Assertive Detail oriented; Organized; Creative;Team Player Work well under pressure Good research skills (for Development) Willing to travel (for Admissions) Salary and Outlook: Average starting salary- $30,000 Employment will grow as enrollments increase in colleges and universities

15 Government Sample Sectors: Foreign Service Officer (Department of State) CIA Analyst/Agent FBI Agent Defense Intelligence Agency National Security Administration State, County and City Government Nature of the Work and Skills Required: Depends on which agency/organization in the government you choose to pursue Some Common Requirements: In depth background check; clean financial record Tact, courtesy, integrity, and an ability to be objective An ability to get along well with others; good communication skills A firm dedication to public service

16 Psychology and Health Related Professions Sample Titles: Social Service Assistant Case Management Aide Social Work Assistant Child Advocate Alcohol or Drug Abuse Counselor Mental Health Aide Community Support Worker Nature of the work: You may work in various non-profit organizations such as: Community Health Clinics, Social Service Agencies Schools and Correctional facilities Treatment Centers and Care Facilities Skills Required: A strong desire to help others and a strong sense of responsibility Patience, understanding, and caring in their dealings with others Good communication skills

17 Other Fields To Consider Academic Advisor Event Planner; Conference/Meeting Planner Lobbyist International Relief Worker Research and Public Policy Market Research Analyst

18 Explore/Research YOUR Options! Occupational Outlook Handbook- Vault Online Career Library Career Services Web Links Career Resource Center Individual Career Counseling Career Assessments Alumni Career Network

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21 How Can You Break Into These Fields? Network!! Search Career Services Alumni Network Family, Friends, Faculty Conduct Informational Interviews Get involved in student clubs/organizations Attend Career Days and Employer Information Sessions Explore Interviewtrak/Monstertrak and other career links Gain some experience Internships/Externships Volunteer Student Employment Build a resume that highlights your related skills and write a winning cover letter

22 Thank you! Presented by Toi Tyson and Jennifer Broyles Career Services ~ Busch Campus

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