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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.

Your Journey Through Psychosocial Development Continues Long After Graduation
Your journey through psychosocial development continues long after graduation

We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we move from the passive voice to the active voice—that is, until we have stopped saying “It got lost,” and say “I lost it.”

—Sydney J. Harris (1917–1986), newspaper journalist

We continue the journey of inner exploration in this chapter because when you graduate you are still a developmental work in progress. Your bachelor's degree does not signify the end of your intellectual, social, moral, and emotional development but, rather, one major milestone in a lifelong process of change. In short, you are still in the process of “becoming.” For every graduate, there is a story of “becoming”—becoming ...

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