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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 First Real Job? It's Primarily About Communicating
Your first real job? It's primarily about communicating

Work is an extension of personality: It is achievement. It is one of the ways in which a person defines himself, measures his worth, and his humanity.

—Peter F. Drucker (1974), management consultant and author

Drucker's remarks reflect a high ideal and the attainable goal of integrating one's work and personality, at least to some extent. His comments may not reflect your early post-college job experiences, especially during a tight labor market, but those experiences will exert influence on your identity, your perceptions of self-efficacy, how you relate to others, and your achievements. The positive outcomes of your early experiences will be enhanced to the extent that you were prepared to navigate ...

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