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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.

Why Are Attitudes, Motivation, and Work Centrality Important?
Why are attitudes, motivation, and work centrality important?

The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitude of mind. … If you can change your mind, you can change your life.

—William James (1842–1910), philosopher

One of the founders of American psychology speaks here to our current generation. How important is attitude? “Attitude is everything,” we are told by the instructor in a sales training seminar; the counselor in a conflict-resolution session; the coach of a superbly conditioned, highly synchronous sports team; the drill sergeant in basic training; and in countless other venues. Your attitudes toward work and the workplace are critical. Attitude can spell the difference between a second interview ...

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