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What to expect in Graduate school?

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Expect to have a heavy work load. It depends on your program but usually you will have 4 classes a semester with a class time of 12 hours. There will be a lot of researching, writing, and reading. It will be like your undergrad but at a faster pace with more work. Most of your time will be spent learning and working under a professor who will oversee your training.

 

Graduate school is a very big commitment of money and time. A master program will take about 2 years to complete while a PhD program will usually take 4-6 years. You must truly by motivated and desire to further your education in what ever area you study. If you go to graduate school because of a parental figure or because of the money your motivation will be limited. Further your education because you really want to. If you enjoy doing what you’re interested in then work becomes rewarding and not something you have to do but something you chose to do.

Acceptance Rates for Graduate school

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

Going to graduate school is not easy. You are required to have a high grade point average, GRE scores, experience, letters of recommendation and statement of intent. Even having these it is important to know the odds.

 

PhD programs have lower odds of acceptance. For instance in class of 5-10 they will accept 4-12% of those who applied. Here is a statistic taken out Professor Callaghan’s Clinical Psychology lecture notes at San Jose State University.

 

Private schools:

  • 7511 applied
  • 873 accepted
  • 12% acceptance rate

 

Public schools:

  • 15198 applied
  • 1033 accepted
  • 6% acceptance rate

 

Note: Schools must be accredited by the American Psychological Association

 

Masters programs are easier to get in than PhD programs since there are so many of them available. They have less competition accept 25-50% from those that apply.

 

If you still want to get into PhD program but realize it will by difficult you can always get into a masters program first then go for a PhD. That is a route many people have taken. Never give up on your dreams but know the odds.

Getting a Job after your Undergrad or after Grad school

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

The job market is constantly changing. No longer does an individual work for a company for 30 plus years and then retire and collect checks in the mail. Yes there are exceptions to every rule but in these current times companies will higher a younger person who can do more work and take more stress. They may even outsource their work to employees in a third world country so it can be done for cheaper.

Don’t expect to get your dream job right out of college. You may have to work on the side and apply numerous times before you land that job. Networking and an internship are powerful tools to land the position you want as well as the career center on campus. Check on campus-recruiting and career fairs. If you work within a company and a spot job that needs to be created try selling the idea to the company. You may have success in filling that position. Continue your search and remember there will be tough times but accept the struggle. Preserve and keep trying!

A great site we recommend when searching for jobs is www.monster.com and www.careerbuilder.com

According to the National Association of College and Employers look for about 6 things:

• What school you have attended
• Any volunteer work
• Any leadership positions you took
• What is your major?
• A High GPA (3.0 or above)
• Has been involved in extracurricular activities

The information listed above can be found here: http://www.naceweb.org/Publications/Spotlight_Online/2010/0106/Job_Outlook__What_do_employers_look_for_in_candidates_.aspx

It’s also important to have basic skills such as motivation, computer skills, a logical mindset, and working well with a team. After college you will be more familiar with skills since many of your classes will ask you to learn or practice these skills.

Getting a career/job is numbers game. You will apply to 15 and less than half will call you back. Out of those numbers you will be set with interviews. Some will have more than one interview. You will dress formally and be there for the interview ahead of time. Show up to the interview with your resume and confident self. So start looking for jobs and calling already! Your future is waiting!

6 Things a Psychology Major needs when applying for Graduate School

Monday, August 30th, 2010

The decision on attending graduate school rests solely on you. In order to first get in you need about six things done on your check list. The checklist is dependent on what school you want to go to. Since some schools may not require a GRE score you may need to check their program requirements. Make sure to do research and email professors with your questions. Usually these are the six things which most graduate schools ask for:

  • A grade point average of 3.0 or higher. This depends on what program you are trying to enter. Some schools want students with 3.5s and will still have low acceptance rates in PhD programs.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and a score which the college allows for entrance
  • Three to four recommendation letters from professors or anything which will have weight and value when determining your acceptance into graduate school. For instance if you have experience in the Behavior Center it would be wise to have a recommendation letter detailing the hours you were there and the tasks which you did.
  • Experience in the field you are interested in such as an internship or volunteer work
  • A statement of intent is required to detail why you desire to further your education and comments about fluctuations in earlier academic years. For instance, someone close to you may have passed away which caused a strain on your education. Its important to detail this since graduate schools will get to know you in this statement.
  • Lastly you need your undergrad transcript signed by your school to make the document official

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

How will you pay for school?

Monday, June 21st, 2010

There are a few ways to get your self through college. One is by applying for loans. These loans will pay for all your university/college expenses. The only issue with loans is that many of them have high interest levels. They will also only give you a few months to start paying once you graduate. Many people have taken this route and are slowing paying their loans with payment plans. Another option is working and going to school. This option is harder but can be done with effective time management. Expect to be studying longer than the average 4 years it takes for a bachelors. It takes two years for a masters and three more for a PH.d. If you jump from bachelors to Ph.d program it will take 5-7 years of school. The last years will be all internships and accumulating hours before your set loose to work.

A great site to use in the United States for Federal Student Aid: www.fafsa.ed.gov.

 

This site will help you fill in tax and lifestyle information which will then access if you can receive free money from the government. If you’re an independent student who does not live with parents your more likely to get federal funding as opposed to living at home. If your parents make more than 100k then you will be unable to get free money. Your school may also require you to fill in the FAFSA application. So take a look at that link.

Funding Options

Paying for school is a very expensive investment. State schools in America cost 10-15k every year while private schools can go up to 20-30k a year. Internationally school may be cheaper. Do research so you can see the exact costs! You can also try looking into your school and see if they provide funding. Some schools will pay you to study. All you need to do is fill a prerequisite such as a grade point average or enter a program specific to your area of study.

You can also take the free money route and apply for scholarships/grants. Your acceptance to these awards are dependent on the their guideline. For more information on scholarships please sign up to our email list or visit the website www.fastweb.com