Psychology Careers - First Steps

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Psychology Careers - First Steps

  1. 1. JILL F. FOREST, M.A ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF CAREER SERVICES CAREER AND COUNSELING CENTER SOUTHERN POLYTECHNIC STATE UNIVERSITYStarting Your Career in Psychology
  2. 2. Most people whomajor inPsychologybecomePsychologists.
  3. 3. Career Areas in Psychology Business Human Human Admin. Research Education and Services Resources Industry• Direct care • Community • Market • Teaching • Recruitment • Sales for people Relations Research • Student • Labor • Management• Counseling • Fund Raising • Data Affairs Relations • Public• Therapy • Grant Writing Analysis • Adult • Org Relations• Crisis Work Learning Development • Training
  4. 4. Job Titles (Some) Police Officer Health Care Facility Administrator Benefits Manager Volunteer Coordinator School Counselor Dietician Fundraiser for Non-Profits Student Affairs Professional
  5. 5.  Student Life Career Services Int’l Student Services Athletics Multicultural AffairsProfessional Orgs NASPA ACPA
  6. 6. SPECIALIZATIONS IN PSYCHOLOGY
  7. 7. Consumer PsychologyAre you interested in why and how people buy some products and notothers? Have you ever wondered how media messages influence ashoppers buying choices? You might be interested in the growing field ofconsumer psychology.
  8. 8. If you are interested in becoming a consumer psychologist, focus on taking coursesthat will build your understanding of human behavior, marketing, social psychology,personality and culture. In addition to learning more about the factors that influencehow people think and behave, having a solid background in advertising andmarketing can also be very helpful.
  9. 9. Health Psychology Where do they work? Health psychology is a • health clinics, hospitals, and universities. growing field that focuses on • Health psychologists often work in one of three main areas: research, public psychological, biological, and policy, and clinical. social factors that impact • APA Division for Health Psychology individual health
  10. 10. Join UsMembers Login• Forensic Psychology What they do? Where can they work?  Forensic psychologists apply psychological principles to legal  Check out issues. Their expertise is often essential within the judicial indeed.com system. They can, for example, help a judge decide which parent should have custody of a child or evaluate a defendant’s mental competence to stand trial.  Forensic psychologists also conduct research on jury behavior or eyewitness testimony. Graduate  Some forensic psychologists Student are trained in both psychology Membership is and the law. ONLY $25.00
  11. 11. Industrial PsychologyWhat do they do? Apply psychological principles and research methods to the workplace in the interest of improving productivity, health and the quality of work life. Many serve as human resources specialists, helping organizations with staffing, training and employee development. They may provide employers with testing and other valid selection Where do they work? procedures in their hiring and promotion processes. Others work as management consultants in such areas as strategic planning, quality management and coping with organizational change.
  12. 12. Training Needed  APA suggests that sports  Sport psychologists help psychologists should be athletes refine their focus licensed psychologists on competition goals, with "experience in become more motivated, applying psychological and learn to deal with the principles in sports anxiety and fear of failure settings.“’ that often accompany competition.  The American Board of Sports Psychology**  The field is growing as sports of all kinds become more competitive and
  13. 13. Engineering PsychologyRelationshi  Design and develop products forp between consumer and military usepeople andmachines.  Medical technologiesIt makesmachinesmoreintuitive to JOB TITLES (SOME)work with.  Interaction Designer  Usability EngineerHumanFactors and  Computer Applications TrainerEgronomicSociety  Human Factors Design Engineer(hfes.org)
  14. 14. BEST PLACES TO LOOK FORJOBS/INTERNSHIPS
  15. 15. What’s on your resume now??Co-curricular Activities areCRITICAL Community Service Student Government Certifications Orientation Leaders Resident Assistants Professional/Student Associations Study Abroad
  16. 16. Work Experience SPSU, Recreation Center Marietta, GA Aerobics Instructor August 2011-present  Supervise and organize aerobic fitness classes for SPSU-fit Program: includes Challenge Step. Step and Cardio and Tone, and Jump and Jab (cardio kick-boxing)  Instruct Water Aerobics classes
  17. 17. Professional Associations Others?
  18. 18. Internet job postings only account for … 25% of the job market
  19. 19. 1. Use SPSU’s Career Link Career Link  Search employers who hire in your major  Searching for a career job?  Enter your “Major” and then “Full-time Career”  Searching for any job?  Enter in “Full-time Misc” https://www.myinterfase.com/southernpolytechnic/student/home.aspx
  20. 20. 2. Non-Profit Job DatabasesOrganizations/agencies hiring in Psychology
  21. 21. 3. Job Site Aggregators Job search engines that show you unadvertised jobs from company websites Small, mid-sized and large companies
  22. 22. 4. The Federal Government GA is a state w/a high number of feds Go to www.Makingthedifference.org By 2016, 40% will retire 86% of federal jobs are outside of Washington Time consuming to apply – be patient Loan forgiveness
  23. 23. 5. R U ? How LinkedIn can help a Psych student? Social networking site for business connections 100 million+ members to date Connect to people in your field Join groups in LinkedIn!
  24. 24. The Career and Counseling Center The Student Center #243 Jill F. Forest - Jforest@spsu.edu 678-915-7391 We’re on ! “SPSU Career Services”We’re giving away a 100.00 iTunes gift card this semester
  25. 25. Evaluations

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