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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


  • 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

  • [email protected]


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