I have no ideas at all □I thought I knew what I wanted to do when I came to Uni, but I’ve completely changed my mind. □ I have a few vague ideas but my mate, family, friends, boy/girlfriend are trying to get me to go into a different direction. □ There’s too much information out there- I think I know what I want to do then I read something else that gives me fresh ideas □ I know what I want to do but don’t know how to get there □I want someone to tell me what to do □
Content dates and is forgotten but competencies / skills / graduate attributes last
Think about what has informed your study/career choices to date. Give them the AGCAS handout on these theories for them to discuss briefly in their groups to see which one reflects the way they are or if you prefer, suggest they take away the theories as a guidance sheet read in more detail and reflect back on.
Planned – learning, work experience, networkingHappen – Responding to unexpected opportunitiesStance – An attitude of curious enquiry; keeping an open mind
Move on to case studies.
Sample size = 31 Destinations show a typical mix of destinations of students from a non-vocational course. A number of students are working in areas related to health and social care but there are a significant number of graduates who are in what would be termed ‘stop-gap’ jobs.
Career planning presentation for Undergraduate Psychology students
Career Planning – Options for
Aims and Objectives
• By the end of this workshop you will:
– Understand the value of your degree beyond the
subject knowledge you acquire
– Know the typical career paths followed by
– Consider some career planning approaches and
apply them to your thinking about the future
– Know some credible sources of career information
that relate to your subject area
It‟s all about employability
“A set of achievements – skills, understandings
and personal attributes – that makes
graduates more likely to gain employment and
be successful in their chosen occupations,
which benefits themselves, the workforce, the
community and the economy.”
Mantze Yorke, Higher Education Academy, 2003
But how do you choose a
• If you don‟t know where you are going…how
do you know when you‟ve got there?
• If you don‟t know where you are going…you
might end up somewhere more interesting.
• What approach feels right to you?
• Which theory corresponds to your view of
• Can you plan a career?
• Did you plan to be where you are now?
– How did you approach this?
The DOTS model
- Know yourself
• Opportunity awareness
- Explore opportunities and jobs that suit you
• Decision making
- Decide where you want to go
• Transition skills
- Take steps to get there
The Career Planning Process
Gain knowledge and
understanding about your
interests, skills, aptitudes,
preferences and goals.
Identify sources of
opportunities in training,
education and work.
Take steps to get there
Implement your career
decisions and put your
plans into effect. Access
opportunities, write a
CV, apply for jobs
Decide where you want to
Evaluate opportunities, make
decisions, action plan and
Planned Happenstance or the
What‟s the point?
• Evidence from research shows that self
awareness is at the heart of success in
– Habits of self-awareness, reflection and pro-active
learning central to career development
(Strategis Research, 2004)
Career Planning – the
Focuses on some big things…
– Who you are and what makes you tick
– What you want & where you want to be
– Where you are now in relation to a goal
that you have defined
– What kind of life(style) you want
– How you can get there
• If you don‟t know what‟s „out there‟ how will
you know it‟s for you
• What do jobs really involve? Will I enjoy it?
• What are the entry requirements
• Do I need a postgraduate course?
• Who employs people doing this?
• Where are jobs advertised?
• How competitive is the job market?
What can help you decide?
• Getting some work experience in fields that
you feel might interest you
• Getting some experience through volunteering
• Understanding what you most enjoy or find
interesting about your course
• Researching career options and understanding
what jobs really involve
• Arranging informational interviews to find out
what it‟s like to do a job
Psychology Graduates do (2011 survey)?
Set up a Psychology
• Great way to connect with peers on the course
• Support provided by the Students‟ Union
• Funding may be available for activities, guest
• Further develop key employability skills in
communication, teamwork, problemsolving, negotiation, budgeting, persuasion
Action Plan your career
Goal: Explore forensic psychologist roles in more
detail in order to make a decision whether this is the
right career for me
Explore web resources such as Prospects job profiles –
look at case studies/graduate profiles
Visit Careers & Employability to explore their resources
Find 2 people working as forensic psychologists in local
Develop questions to ask them about their careers
Contact to arrange to meet or speak on the phone
Reflect on what I have learned and make a follow-up
• Based in Allerton Building &
• Allerton Learning Space / Library
(10am – 4pm)
• www.prospects.ac.uk – look at „Options with your subject‟ & „Job
• www.careers.salford.ac.uk & http://myadvantage.salford.ac.uk
• Psychology Careers Guide
• http://www.careers.salford.ac.uk/careers-events - careers
workshops, employer events and presentations, study skills etc.
• www.bps.org.uk – British Psychological Society
gy/employability_guide.pdf (A great resource for psychology
• www.lgjobs.com (local government jobs)
• www.do-it.org.uk – Volunteering database