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.
Part I: Get Ready for Your Transition to the Workplace
- Chapter 1: Meet the New Workplace Realities (and Your Paperback Mentors)
- Chapter 2: Yes! You Can Succeed in Life with a Bachelor's Degree
- Chapter 3: Make the Most of Your Opportunities—Now!
Part II: Know Thyself—Better!
- Chapter 4: What Is the Secret of Excellent Career Planning?
- Chapter 5: Your Journey Through Psychosocial Development Continues Long After Graduation
- Chapter 6: Know the Skills You Need to Succeed (Course Content Is No Longer the Focus)
- Chapter 7: Jump-Start Your Job Search
Part III: Onboarding to Work
- Chapter 8: Why Are Attitudes, Motivation, and Work Centrality Important?
- Chapter 9: Your First Real Job? It's Primarily About Communicating
- Chapter 10: Avoid False Expectations: Onboarding and Your First 90 Days
Part IV: I Graduated and Got a Job: What's Next?