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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.

Yes! You Can Succeed in Life with a Bachelor's Degree
Yes! You can succeed in life with a bachelor's degree

You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.

—Steve Jobs, cofounder of Apple Computer, Inc.

This chapter is all about you! We start by encouraging some serious self-reflection, including thinking about your own personality, your preferences, and what you want to do. We make suggestions that will allow you to explore some of these ideas while still an undergraduate, and we provide tips on finding specific and helpful advice about jobs in general and, in particular, jobs psychology graduates often pursue. To be fair with the data, we ...

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