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Careers and Job Search for Psychology Majors Presented by: Rose Marquart, M.A. Liberal Arts Employment Specialist. AGENDA. Career Quiz What can you do with a psychology degree? Tools for research and tips for job search success Resume 101 Employer connections Q & A. CAREER QUIZ.

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Careers and Job Search for Psychology Majors

Presented by:

Rose Marquart, M.A.

Liberal Arts Employment Specialist

agenda
AGENDA
  • Career Quiz
  • What can you do with a psychology degree?
  • Tools for research and tips for job search success
  • Resume 101
  • Employer connections
  • Q & A
career quiz
CAREER QUIZ
  • True or False?
  • 1. The end of your last semester in college is a good time to start your job search.

2. If I don’t have much related work experience, my resume won’t be competitive enough to get the job I want when I graduate.

3. It typically takes new college graduates 3-6 months to secure their first job.

psych majors misunderstood
PSYCH MAJORS MISUNDERSTOOD?
  • Employers across all industries seek candidates who can understand, related to, and work with diverse teams, executives, and clients.
  • Academic training in psychology requires skill development in research, statistical analysis, and analytical thinking.
  • More employers are seeking psychology majors for business and technical positions due to their strong research, writing, and communication skills.
what do employers want
WHAT DO EMPLOYERS WANT?
  • Top 10 Qualities Employers Seek
  • Communication skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Teamwork skills (works well with others)
  • Initiative
  • Interpersonal skills (relates well to others)
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Flexibility/adaptability
  • Computer skills
  • Technical skills
  • NACE, 2008
where to look for jobs
WHERE TO LOOK FOR JOBS?
  • Non-Academic Careers
  • Government
  • Non-Profit
  • Education
  • Public Relations/Marketing
  • Business/Industry
  • Social Services
  • Insurance/Sales
  • Academic & Clinical Areas
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Clinical practice
  • Clinical Psychology
  • (Master’s, PhD)
  • Cognitive & Perceptual Psych
  • (PhD)
  • Developmental Psychology
  • (PhD)
  • Forensic Psychology (PhD)
  • Industrial/Organizational Psych
  • (Master’s, PhD)
  • Neuropsychology (PhD)
so many choices
SO MANY CHOICES…
  • How do you decide and get started with your job search?
  • Research different occupations and organizations
  • Conduct Information Interviews to find out more about a career
  • 3. Research graduate schools
  • 4. Network and apply for internships,
  • jobs, or volunteer opportunities
  • Online resources:
  • www.careercenter.sjsu.edu
  • www.eureka.org
self assessment
SELF-ASSESSMENT
  • Before you start your job search consider:
  • An organization(what kind of company or organization – nonprofit, government, private, or public, size – large or small?)
  • The mission and goals of the organization (do you want to work in aging services or with adolescents etc? Do the values of the organization match your own?)
  • A role or position (what kind of position do you want?)
homework
HOMEWORK
  • Find 10-15 job or internship postings
  • and see what you think:
  • - Yeah, I’ve always wanted to do that!
  • - Huh, that sounds interesting, but I’m not sure why…
  • 2) Look for patterns or common themes in the job descriptions
  • 3) Find up to 5 (at least 1) that really excite you!
make a list of skills you currently have
MAKE A LIST OF SKILLS YOU CURRENTLY HAVE:
  • List educational achievements
  • List jobs, internships, volunteer experiences
  • Think about specific examples of abilities, and accomplishments
  • List any other relevant information: computer,
  • language skills, activities, working with special populations/ages
  • Given the job descriptions you found that interest you, what skills and experience should you develop as a student to be competitive when you graduate?
researching careers
RESEARCHING CAREERS
  • Free online tools:
  • www.careercenter.sjsu.edu
  • Career planning and career exploration sections
  • Search SpartaJobs database for internship/job descriptions
  • www.eureka.org
  • Search by career title or career groups
  • Review job titles, descriptions, outlook and salary information
  • Graduate school information listed
  • www.psichi.org
  • Psychology National Honors society providing career and graduate school information
  • www.apa.org/students/brochure
  • American Psychological Association career information and tips for graduate school applications
identifying transferrable skills
IDENTIFYING TRANSFERRABLE SKILLS
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Ability to work/lead in teams (multidisciplinary)
  • Ability assess/diagnose clients (DSM- IV) and understand human behaviors and interactions
  • Research ability (professional journals, online resources)
  • Experience with specific populations
  • Understanding of counseling models
  • (individual/group)
  • Knowledge of specific issues or specialty areas (substance abuses, eating disorders, depression)
what leads to career success
WHAT LEADS TO CAREER SUCCESS?
  • Get an internship! (register with the Career Center to access the job &internship database) before graduating
  • Identify your transferable skills, which can be used in various fields/industries
  • Join a professional association (PsiChi, APA)
  • Conduct informational interviews with alumni, faculty, and professionals to learn about career paths that might interest you.
  • Develop a professional portfolio of your work, projects, awards, and recommendation letters.
next steps
NEXT STEPS?
  • Perfect your resume (see career center calendar for workshops, drop-ins advising, and other services)
  • Sign-up with career center to access job and internship database
  • Attend upcoming job/internship fairs
  • Attend a Job Search Success and/or Interview workshop
  • Meet with your career counselor during office hours, or via appointment
resume
RESUME
  • Objective Seeking a Family Specialist position with EMQ.
  • Education San Jose State University , San Jose, CA
  • B.A. in Psychology 12/09
  • GPA: 3.8/4.0
  • RelevantChild & Adolescent Psychology
  • CourseworkPsychology of Women
  • Community Mental Health
  • Relevant Child Psychology in the 21st Century (Spring, 2008)
  • Project -Wrote a research paper on emerging issues in child
  • psychology in the new millennium
  • -Presented finding to class of 30 and facilitated group discussion
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EXPERIENCE Housing Services, San Jose State University, CA

  • Resident Advisor, 8/06-6/07

-Hosted weekly floor meetings, provided one-to-one advising

and enforced dorm rules to ensure a safe living environment

for students

  • ACTIVITIES Psi Chi, National Honor Society in Psychology
  • President, 2006-2007 Academic Year

-Chair monthly meetings to organize student participation in community service events

-Represent student interests on campus committees

-Collaborate with alumni and local organizations to host panel sessions related to trends in the field

  • SKILLS -Strong communication skills, and fluent in Spanish
  • -MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • SKILLS
employer connection
EMPLOYER CONNECTION
  • EXPO ‘09 Job and Internship Fair
  • Tuesday, February 24th 3p.m. - 5p.m.
  • Event Center
  • Idealist.org Careers in Nonprofits Workshop
  • Tuesday, March 3rd 3p.m. – 4:30p.m.
  • Umunhum Room, Student Union
questions
QUESTIONS?
  • Rose Marquart
  • Liberal Arts Employment Specialist
  • SJSU Career Center
  • rose.marquart@sjsu.edu
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