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Majoring in Psych?: Career Options for Psychology Undergraduates, CourseSmart eTextbook, 4th Edition

By Betsy L. Morgan, Ann J. Korschgen

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Apr 22, 2008

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Focusing on the multiple ways that students can enhance their marketability while still in school, this guide answers the career-planning questions most psychology majors find themselves asking.

This student-friendly guide looks at psychology as both a discipline and a liberal arts degree from a career perspective. The authors have compiled information to help students demystify the process of career development. Using a question-and-answer format, this valuable resource shows students how they can take an early and active role in shaping their professional paths. The humorous, down-to-earth tone makes this book accessible to all students.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1       Should I major in psychology?


v      What does it mean to major in psychology?

v      What is the benefit of psychology versus any other degree?

v      So, what is psychology?

v      Why should I be a psychology major?

v      What if I really want to be a counselor/therapist?

v      Will I be able to get a job?

v      Will I make any money?

v      What if I already know what I want to be “when I grow up?”


Chapter 2       How can I be sure?


v      If I am thinking of psychology as a major what can I do to make certain it is right for me?

v      What issues or questions should I be considering?

v      What else might help me now as I plan my psychology major?

v      A four year timeline.

v      What if I have declared a psychology major late in my academic career--what good is a timeline?  

v      What do I do if I decide that psychology is NOT the best major for me?


Chapter 3       What careers are available?

v      What kinds of jobs are “right” for psychology majors?

v      Profile of a human services worker

v      Profile of a parole officer

v      Profile of a human resources recruiter


Chapter 4       How do I explore careers?


v      Where do I start?

v      Resources:

o        Instructors.

o        Career Services.

o        The Library. 

o        Professional or associations.

o        Alumni.

o        Your family and friends.

o        Local professionals.

o        The Internet.


Chapter 5       How do I enhance my employability?


v      So why should I care about my "marketability

v      What are some steps to optimize my opportunities?

v      Get to know your faculty.

v      Get to know and use resources that can assist you.  

v      Volunteer some of your time and talent to campus or community organizations.

v      Participate in at least one (if not more) internship experience.

v      Take coursework that supports your plans.  

v      What if I have special considerations?


Chapter 6       Will I make any money?


v      What do I need to know about my income potential as a psychology major?

v      What type of starting salary can I expect?

v      What are starting salaries with a master's degree or a doctorate in psychology?

v      What if I am offered a salary that is less than what I believe I deserve?


Chapter 7       Should I go to graduate school?


v      What are the key issues to consider? Am I an attractive applicant?

v      What kind of graduate schools are there to consider? Or master’s vs. PhD vs. PsyD, what gives?

v      What if I’m still not sure about whether or not I want to go to graduate school?

v      Will it hurt my chances to take a year or more off (e.g., not go to graduate school right away)?


Chapter 8       How do I prepare for graduate school?


v      What steps are involved in applying to graduate school?

v      Graduate school preparation timeline

v      How do I maximize my chance of getting into graduate school?

v      Why is research experience so important? What about relevant experience?

v      What about application essays and interviews?


Chapter 9       How do I do a job search?


v      How do I get started in conducting a successful job search?

v      How do I target and research possible employers?

v      How do I design a resume?

v      What about my references?

v      What categories of information should I use in my resume?   

v      Is a cover letter important?   

v      I have a job interview! How do I prepare?


Chapter 10     I have my job, now what?


v      What should my first objectives be in my new job?

v      How do I become effective in my specific work assignments?

v      How do I know if I am "on track" with the direction of my career?

v      How do I keep from making my work my life?

v      What should I do to allow for job change opportunities?   

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