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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.

What Is the Secret of Excellent Career Planning?
What is the secret of excellent career planning?
by CamilleHelkowski, MEd, NCC, LCPC

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

—Mary Oliver (1992), poet

During my own undergraduate career as a social science major with concentrations in sociology and psychology, I certainly did not have an answer to Mary Oliver's big question. As a counselor in private practice and as the associate director of Loyola University Chicago's Career Development Center, I have come to understand that many individuals find their way to one of my offices because they don't have an answer either. In fact, one of the best-kept secrets about choosing your life's work is that concrete plans are most useful ...

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