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BA in Psychology. Good news for grads. Post-graduation plans. Go to work or go to grad school? Post-graduation paths for BA psych majors from 4 yr institutions. Based on 1998 APA survey. BA Career Paths. %. Grad school or not?. Top student. Great grades and test scores.

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BA in Psychology

Good news for grads


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Post-graduation plans

  • Go to work or go to grad school?

  • Post-graduation paths for BA psych majors from 4 yr institutions.

  • Based on 1998 APA survey.



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Grad school or not?

  • Top student.

  • Great grades and test scores.

  • COOP experience.

  • Recommendations.

  • Applications.

  • Employment fair.

  • Filenes Dept Stores.

His future not mine.


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Grad School only one choice.

  • 50% go directly into employment with psych degree.

  • Psychology great major for the BA grad.

  • Develop abilities and skills not fostered by other majors.

  • As or more important than the knowledge base of major.


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Basic skill set with BA.

  • General education at CCSU.

  • Study areas and skill areas.

  • What are in skill areas?

  • Composition and communication.

  • Data analysis.

  • Computer skills.

  • Modern languages.

  • Intercultural (international)


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Career pyramid Level 1

  • Level 4

  • Level 3

  • Level 2

  • Level 1

BA skills and knowledge


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Level 2: People skills

  • Howard Gardner.

  • Multiple intelligences.

  • Linguistic, mathematical.

  • Interpersonal (others).

  • Intrapersonal (yourself).

  • Emotional intelligence.

  • Important decisions require both head and heart.


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What employers want:

Based on survey of employers, they want

new hires to have:

Listening skills.

  • Ability to work on teams.

  • Getting along with others.

  • Focus on customers/clients.

  • Interpersonal relationships skills.

“People skills”


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What employers want:

  • Desire and ability to learn.

  • Willingness to gain new, important skills.

  • Adaptability to changing situations.

  • Ability to suggest solutions.

  • Problem solving skills.

Flexibility and creativity


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People skills highly valued.

  • Employers know they can teach you the skills you’ll need for job.

  • Hard to teach people skills.

  • New majors come to psych because of these abilities.

  • Peer counselors.

  • Psych major helps you develop these skills.


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Appreciation for diversity.

  • Tolerance and compassion for people who are “different”.

  • Cultures and languages.

  • Physical and mental abilities.

  • Sexual orientation.

  • Life style choices.

  • Sensitivity nurtured.


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Career pyramid Level 2

  • Level 4

  • Level 3

  • Level 2

  • Level 1

People skills

BA skills and knowledge


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Helping professions

  • Many people select psychology as major because they “want to help people”.

  • Can do that in any career.

  • People have all kinds of problems.

  • Many things need fixing.

  • Lots of ways to help.

  • Get satisfaction in many careers.


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Human services

  • Many options with BA.

  • Child and adult care.

  • Mental health interns.

  • Social work.

  • Program directors for crisis centers, helplines, residential treatment centers.


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Career pyramid Level 3

  • Level 4

  • Level 3

  • Level 2

  • Level 1

Human services

People skills

BA skills and knowledge


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Try out the career path.

  • Tale of two psychiatric interns.

  • Dave and Joe both got entry level jobs.

  • Within a year, both starting planning move.

  • Dave got a MA in counseling in order to be a resident hall director.

  • Joe went to nursing school and later became nurse therapist.


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Career pyramid Level 4

Graduate School

  • Level 4

  • Level 3

  • Level 2

  • Level 1

Human services

People skills

BA skills and knowledge


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Grad school in diverse areas

  • Counseling (Schools of Education)

  • Social Work

  • Law

  • Business

  • Medical professions (PA’s and nursing)

  • Education (post bac certification)

  • Work first and then grad school


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Post-graduation plans

  • Go to work or go to grad school?

  • Post-graduation paths for BA psych majors from 4 yr institutions.

  • Based on 1998 APA survey.


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Many different options

  • Only making the first choice.

  • Life will have many surprises.

  • For example, friend started as teacher.

  • Guidance counselor.

  • Therapist.

  • Seminary to become priest.

  • Now a bishop.


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