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3 Things you must have on Your Resume when applying for a Psychology Related Career

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Your resume is your profile to your employer. Ask yourself: What sets me apart from other individuals trying to get hired for the same job? What do I have to offer which can benefit my employer? During your interview you can go over some experiences in greater detail. Your employer needs to hear about your great skills. Those stories will illustrate your skills and relate them to the targeted career.

What to include in your resume:

• Psychology related experience. Did you volunteer at a behavioral health center? Did you conduct research in a lab? Make sure to list these and state what month/year you did them. Add some details to what you did. Its important that your future employer sees how your experience ties in to the career you are applying for.
• List your activities. What did you do during your college career which can be sold as an activity? Were you part of a club that involved leadership roles? Any sports that you played?
• Detail your work experience and some of the duties with each job. If you have worked at many places it will show the employer that you are familiar with different kinds of task. If you have worked only few jobs but for a long duration it can show loyalty to a company.

So you’ve started writing your resume…But what about the template?! Whatever word document you use should have a template creator. Visit this resume for an example.

Psychology Major Career Path 2: Ms. Raj goes to Grad school for a Psy.D

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Psychologymajor.org asked Janice Raj (a recent graduate of SJSU) about her path with psychology. Shes has recently been accepted to John F. Kennedy University for Clinical psychology, America.

What interested you about Psychology?

I took couple of classes during my freshmen year as an elective and realized that I was very interested in psychology. I declared psychology as my minor. The more classes I took in psychology, the more I got interested in it. The more I took political science which was my major at that time, the more I became disinterested in it as a result, i changed psychology to my major.

What worked for you and helped you succeed?

Being close to my professors and getting the right advice from them. Doing a lot of research online, talking to people, and networking.

What were some pitfalls which you recommend to avoid?

Stop listening to everyone. Most of the things you hear from others are partly or fully incorrect. I learned the most when I took the time and talked to advisors.

Where are you now with psychology?

I’m starting graduate school at JFKU for a PsyD in Clinical Psychology

What do you plan on doing?

I plan to become a professor and a therapist

What can students expect in salary if they take the same path?

Students can expect more than 55k once they graduate and start working

Transitioning from Undergraduate school to finding a Career or to Graduate school?

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

The decision to attend graduate depends on your desire for advanced training. If you do not desire to go that is alright since there are jobs you can get just with a bachelors in psychology. Some of the jobs out there are:

This list is provided by http://psych.hanover.edu/handbook/bachpsy2.html.

 


1. Community Relations Officer: works either for business or government in promoting good relations with the local community.
2. Affirmative Action Officer: works for recruitment and equal opportunities for minorities; employed by business, industries, schools and government.
3. Recreation Worker: plans and supervises community recreation facilities. (Increasing number of opportunities available for therapeutic recreation workers, often requiring course work in therapeutic recreation.)
4. Urban Planning Officer: deals with city planning, renewal.
5. Personnel Administrator: works with employee relations, selection, promotions, etc.
6. Advertising copywriter: researches audience and media, writes text of advertisements.
7. Media Buyer: researches product and audiences to select most effective media for advertising.
8. Health Educator: gives public information about health and disease.
9. Vocational Rehabilitation: counsels persons with handicaps and illnesses in preparation for new vocations (some states require an M.A. degree for this position).
10. Psychiatric Technician/Assistant: administers routine tests, helps with patients under supervision of psychiatrist.
11. Director of Volunteer Service: responsible for volunteers-recruits, supervises, trains, and evaluates volunteers.
12. Public Statistician: collects and interprets data on health and disease and community relations.
13. Customs Inspector: serves at international borders and airports in investigations and inquiries.
14. Probation and Parole Officer: persons with psychology backgrounds are often preferred for such positions, especially with adolescent parolees.
15. Newspaper Reporter: social science, psychological interest areas.
16. Technical Writer: researches and writes material dealing with social science and psychological knowledge for magazines, newspapers and journals.
17. Sales Representative: major publishers of psychological books often seek out undergraduates with psychology majors for these positions on college campuses.
18. Opinion Survey Researcher: does opinion polls and interprets results.
19. Daycare Center Supervisor: supervises and coordinates activities of preschool children with working parents.
20. Research Assistant: assists in the collection and analysis of data for major investigations. Positions usually available only in large hospitals, businesses, and government.
21. Laboratory Assistant: psychology background preferred for students working with animal behavior research, especially primate laboratories.
22. Scientific Instrument Salesperson: opportunities in sales and development for companies specializing in psychology apparatus.

(To know how much each of these careers make annually simply visit www.bls.com and type in the job title)

Are you returning to school? Perhaps it’s been a year or a couple years. When you decide to return you need to renew you old network from university/college. You can also try going back and taking a few classes to meet professors. In order to go to graduate school you may need recommendation letters. Having professors that can recommend you for graduate school has value when the board of admissions is looking at your file. In your statement of intent you can address your many years away from school and why you desired to return. When writing your paper you can detail the many experiences you’ve gone through and what you have learned from them. For instance, if you took care of an elder family member you can say the experience taught you about time management. When returning to school also consider if you need to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).