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What to do with your Psychology Degree

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Dr Barbara McConnell at the PSI & NIBPS Careers Day 2019

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What to do with your Psychology Degree

  1. 1. NIBPS & PSI Joint Careers Event What to do with your psychology degree Dr Barbara McConnell Senior Lecturer, Early Childhood Studies
  2. 2. Overview What next after doing your degree? Marketing yourself effectively Questions
  3. 3. Overview What next after doing your degree?
  4. 4. Why study psychology? • 4th most studied degree in UCAS • 2016, 106 000 graduates in psychology • 20/25% of all graduates go onto further study in psychology in subsequent years
  5. 5. Psychology Graduate Destinations – Class of 2017/18 - HECSU 63.80% 15.70% 8.40% 6.20% 5.90% Destination of First Degree Psychology graduates 2017/2018 In Employment Further Study Seeking Employment Unavilable for employment/Further Study Other
  6. 6. Psychology Graduate Destinations – Class of 2014 - HECSU 63.80% 15.70% 8.40% 6.20% 5.90% Destination of First Degree Psychology graduates 2013/2014 In Employment Further Study Seeking Employment Unavilable for employment/Further Study Other
  7. 7. • Clinical Psychology • Counselling Psychology • Educational Psychology • Forensic Psychology • Health Psychology • Neuropsychology • Occupational Psychology • Sport & Exercise Psychology • Clinical Psychology • Counselling Psychology • Educational Psychology • Forensic Psychology • Health Psychology • Neuropsychology • Organisational Psychology • Sports Psychology There are lots of professional training pathways in psychology....
  8. 8. Psychology Graduate Destinations – Class of 2017/18 - HECSU 63.80% 15.70% 8.40% 6.20% 5.90% Destination of First Degree Psychology graduates 2017/2018 In Employment Further Study Seeking Employment Unavilable for employment/Further Study Other
  9. 9. TYPE OF WORK FOR THOSE IN EMPLOYMENT • Arts, design and media professionals .......................................................... 0.7% • Business, HR and finance professionals........................................................ 8.4% • Education professionals ............................................................................... 6.2% • Engineering and building professionals ....................................................... 0.2% • Health professional........................................................................................ 4.4% • Information technology professionals .......................................................... 1.4% • Legal, social and welfare professionals ........................................................ 14.0% • Managers ........................................................................................................3.7% • Marketing, PR and sales professionals ...........................................................5.9% • Science professionals.......................................................................................1.0% • Other professionals, associate professionals and technicians ....................... 4.5% • Childcare, health and education occupations ...............................................16.2% • Clerical, secretarial and numerical clerks .................................................... 10.2% • Retail, catering, waiting and bar staff .......................................................... 15.8% • Other occupations ......................................................................................... 7.5% • Unknown occupations ................................................................................... 0.1%
  10. 10. Why study psychology? • “Psychology graduates are highly regarded by employers and have a good chance of finding employment. This is because the skills they acquire are transferable across many careers” HECSU, 2010 • “Least likely graduate to be unemployed – 8.3%”
  11. 11. SKILLS GAINED STUDYING A PSYCHOLOGY DEGREE • Communicate effectively, both face-to-face or in writing. • Understand, analyse and use complex data. • Retrieve and organise information from different sources. • Handle primary source material critically. • Engage in effective team work. • Solve problems and reason scientifically to consider alternative approaches and solutions. • Make critical judgements and evaluations to gain different perspectives on a question. • Be sensitive to contextual and interpersonal factors, including behaviour and social interaction. • Use personal planning and project management skills to become more independent and pragmatic. • Be computer literate
  12. 12. What lies ahead for the Psychology Class of 2019?
  13. 13. 2.1 2.1 2.12.12.1
  14. 14. The ‘perfect’ graduate applicant Academic achievement Employability Skills Work experience Drive & motivation Understands the role & organisation Engaged with their community
  15. 15. Employability Skills – What?
  16. 16. Employability Skills – How? • Work experience – part-time / summer jobs • Internships • Volunteering • Clubs & societies • Class Rep / Peer Mentor / Student Ambassador • Student competitions
  17. 17. Overview Marketing yourself effectively
  18. 18. Matchmaking • What is the employer looking for? – Qualifications – Experience – Knowledge – Skills/competencies • How do you match up – (evidence-based) • Read between the lines – what do they really need?
  19. 19. CV’s & Applications Top Tips • Good structure & presentation • Tailored • Skills section – give evidence! • Complete yet concise • Factual • Positive • Error free
  20. 20. 30 seconds to make a good impression…
  21. 21. Strong, clear verbs • Planned • Organised • Designed • Analysed • Presented • Delivered • Developed
  22. 22. Cover Letters – so important! • Always accompany your CV with a cover letter • An opportunity for you to personalise your application – to stand out, 1st chance to make a strong impression • To demonstrate your suitability for the job by focusing on key strengths & experience
  23. 23. Be a STAR at interviews Situation: Describe the situation or problem. Task: Describe the task you had to complete / role you were assigned Action: Describe the actions you took to complete the task successfully and any obstacles your overcame. Result: Highlight outcomes achieved.
  24. 24. Play the recruitment game • Telephone interviews • One to one interviews • Group interviews • Assessment centres
  25. 25. Assessment Centres • Presentations • Group exercises • Individual exercises • Psychometric testing • Competency based interviews • Social events
  26. 26. 2013 GradIreland Graduate Salary and Graduate Recruitment Trends 2013 • 88% of graduate employers believe relevant work experience enhances employability • www.graduatetalentpool.direct.gov.uk can help you find an internship both in NI and ROI
  27. 27. Internships • For the company it’s… testing the waters – Avoiding risk – Assessing ‘fit’ • For the graduate it’s… – Getting work experience – Putting theory into practice – Developing skills – And lots more…
  28. 28. Top Tips for Psychology Graduates • Don’t put all your eggs in one basket - Have a plan A, & a plan B… • Know yourself • Be flexible • What’s so special about you? • Manage your own career • Quality applications - do your research • Start networking & be opportunity aware
  29. 29. Resources • www.bps.org.uk • ww.psihq.ie • www.prospects.ac.uk • www.gradireland.com • www.shldirect.com Graduate Recruitment Tests: https://www.shldirect.com/en 70,000 hits a month mostly from graduates
  30. 30. BPS U tube channel • www.bps.org.uk https://www.youtube.com/user/bpsmediacentre/featured Videos about careers and advice for searching for jobs or applying for postgraduate courses Also tips for studying etc.
  31. 31. For further information: Web: www.bps.org.uk/careers Email: careers@bps.org.uk Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 9534 www.bps.org.uk/careers

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