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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.

Prime Yourself for More Transitions
Prime yourself for more transitions

Life is not divided into semesters. You don't get summers off, and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself.

—Charles J. Sykes (2007), journalist

The transition from college to post-college life is usually a very dramatic change for the majority of younger students with limited real-world job experiences; Sykes's words just scratch the surface for this group. If, however, you have a full-time job or a family to support, graduation may cause few changes in your routine. In short, the ways students experience transition to post-college life vary widely. Expectations play a major role in workplace transition. If you expect your job to mirror your study routines, your supervisor to act like your teachers, and ...

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