PSYCHOLOGY MAJORS CAREER PLANNING DECISION MAKING Assessing Yourself Possible Skills

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					            PSYCHOLOGY MAJORS


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 & DECISION MAKING
                                            Assessing Yourself
 ASSESS YOUR SKILLS, VALUES & INTERESTS TO HELP YOU DECIDE ON A CAREER PATH:

Possible Skills                                                  Interests (Holland’s Codes– pick 3)   Your Values/Preferences
Assessment                     Interviewing                      Realistic                             1.
Conducting Field Studies       Planning Projects                 Investigative                         2.
Critical Analysis              Sampling                          Artistic                              3.
Communication                  Summarizing Results               Social                                4.
Cultural Understanding         Surveying                         Enterprising                          5.
Gathering Data                 Understand Cultural Differences   Conventional
Grant Writing


                                            Exploring Careers
                     POTENTIAL CAREER TITLES FOR PSYCHOLOGY STUDENTS:

 Activist/ Community Leader     Customs/Immigration Officer          Health Club Manager               Professional Development Spec.
      Advertising Agent           Director of Fundraising            Hospice Coordinator                   Public Relations Officer
 Affirmative Action Officer          Educator/ Teacher                  Hotel Manager                       Rehabilitation Advisor
         Art Therapist            Employment Counselor             Human Resource Manager                   Press Liaison Officer
  “At Risk” Youth Educator              Ergonomist                 Labor Relations Specialist              Psychology Technician
  Career Planning Specialist           Film Maker                  Market Research Analyst                   School Psychologist
   Child Protection Worker         Forensic Psychologist                 Media Buyer                       Social Services Officer
    Clinical Psychologist       Food and Beverage Manager               Media Planner                           Social Worker
     Correctional Officer              Grant Writer                  Newspaper Reporter                 Student Affairs Administrator
      Creative Director          Group Home Coordinator                     Nurse                        Substance Abuse Counselor
   Customer Service Rep.            Guidance Counselor                Personnel Manager                   Youth Corrections Officer


                                          Exploring the Field
Your educational opportunities have allowed you to accumulate specific sets of knowledge and conceptual un-
derstanding. It is important that during your job search you continue to develop your understanding and stay up
to date on both theoretical and practical issues that present themselves in your field of choice. This focus on
knowledge development will allow you to command a language that relates to your field and is understood by
your peers and supervisors.
                           THEMES IN THE FIELD OF PSYCHOLOGY STUDIES:
        Adolescent Psychology                     Ecological Psychology                          Organizational Psychology
           Adult Psychology                      Environmental Psychology                                Personality
                 Aging                             History of Psychology                          Physiological Psychology
           Animal Behavior                           Human Sexuality                               Psychology of Science
            Biopsychology                          Industrial Psychology                              Psychopathology
          Clinical Psychology                          Interpersonal                                 Social Psychology
            Communication                               Leadership                              Thinking and Problem Solving
       Developmental Psychology                   Memory and cognition                             Severe Mental disorder
            PSYCHOLOGY MAJORS

                                           Gaining Experience
      RESEARCH * INTERN * VOLUNTEER * STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS * STUDY ABROAD * JOBS:
Try to get as much experience as possible while you are a student at the University of Maryland. You can gain experi-
ence through study abroad, part-time jobs, internships, research assistant programs, job shadowing opportunities, summer
jobs, and community service. All of these activities will help you get that all important “foot in the door” that can make
you that much more competitive in the job hunt. Use Careers4Terps and your own personal network to locate job and in-
ternship opportunities. Develop your resume and/or cover letter and come to the University Career Center to get them
critiqued. Utilize University Career Center resources to learn how to network and successfully interview.

           WEB SITES FOR CAREERS, INTERNSHIPS, JOBS, VOLUNTEER WORK, ETC.:
What Can I Do With a Major in Psychology?                      Student and Internship Links:
www.uncwil.edu/stuaff/career/Majors/psychology.html            www.studentjobs.gov
Professional Association Links:                                www.ugresearch.umd.edu/URAP/URAP
American Psychological Association– www.apa.org                www.wetfeet.com                     www.summerjobs.com
National Institute on Mental Health– www.nimh.nih.gov          Public Sector and Government Links:
American Psychological Society- www.psychologicalscience.org   www.jobsfed.com           www.opm.gov/career_opportunities/
American Counseling Association– www.counseling.org            index.asp                 www.govtjobs.com
Psychology Career Links:                                       www.govtjob.net           www.federaljobs.net
www.psywww.com               www.psyccareers.com               www.usajobs.opm.gov       www.careers.state.gov
Www.psychwatch.com/job_page.htm                                Non Profit Organization Links:
www.psychology.org/links/careers                               www.idealist.org           www.nonprofitjobs.org
                                                               www.nonprofitcareer.com
                                                               www.opportunitynocs.org     ww.servenet.org


                                           Educational Options
JOB SEARCH vs. CONTINUING YOUR EDUCATION:
You will have to make the decision as to whether or not you should get a job after graduation or continue your education.
Here are some factors you need to be aware of when you come to this point:
        * Short term and long term goals                         * Finances
        * Academic achievement.                                  * Experience in the field of interest
        * Personal responsibilities
RESEARCHING PROGRAMS:
Be sure to research professional schools or graduate programs of choice thoroughly. Also, start a credentials file for let-
ters of recommendation for professional/graduate school (or for employment). This is a brief list of some factors to keep
in mind when you research a graduate program:
    ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES                      SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT                                 APPLICATION
              Affordability                         Part-time or full-time                     Essays/Personal statement
        Faculty research topics                             Location                           GRE, LSAT, MCAT, MAT
           Length of program                        Faculty/student ratio                          GPA expectations
          Offer assistantships                    Daily life of a grad student                  Recommendation letters
        Research opportunities                      Housing and benefits                              Transcript
         Teaching expectations                             Programs                               Online application
     Thesis or comprehensive exam                Undergrad/grad student ratio                          Interview

                                  WEB SITES FOR EDUCATIONAL OPTIONS:
GradSchools.com: www.gradschools.com/                          Educational Testing Service (ETS): www.ets.org/
Graduate Guide: www.graduateguide.com/                         Graduate Record Examination (GRE): www.gre.org
Peterson’s: www.petersons.com/                                 Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT):
Princeton Review: www.princetonreview.com/                     www.mba.com/mba
Fast Web (search for scholarships): www.fastweb.com/           Princeton Review of Business and Law Schools
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):              www.princetonreview.com/mba/default.asp
www.fafsa.ed.gov/                                              www.princetonreview.com/law/default.asp