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Innovative strategies for psychology majors to survive and thrive in the workforce

Nearly 100,000 students graduate each year with a bachelor's degree in psychology, and a majority of these students will enter the workforce instead of pursuing a graduate degree. Many will find themselves tentatively deciding their next steps amid a complex and changing economic and job environment.

In this text, authors and professors Paul I. Hettich and R. Eric Landrum provide innovative strategies and tools for succeeding after college with an undergraduate degree in psychology. Drawing on current research data, applied theory, and both academic and workplace experiences, they help stimulate self-reflection and improve decision making as students approach their careers. The text covers key topics in the college-to-career transition, including career planning and development, identifying and transferring marketable skills, building and sustaining strong networks, understanding what employers want and don't want, coping with personal life changes, becoming a valued employee, and more.

Meet the New Workplace Realities (and Your Paperback Mentors)
Meet the new workplace realities (and your paperback mentors)

Forewarned; forearmed. To be prepared is half the victory.

—Miguel de Cervantes (1547–1616), writer
Reality Check: Becoming a Freshman in the 21st Century Workplace

We believe that life is about transitions. We are in a constant state of change, and perhaps change is the only constant; we start over and reinvent ourselves all the time. Think about your transition from elementary school to middle school—it was a chance to start over. Or the transition from middle school to high school—you started over as a freshman. And then the transition from high school to college—you were a freshman (again). Starting over and starting fresh are not just recurring themes in the educational ...

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