Your Undergraduate Degree in Psychology: From College to Career

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Overview

There are roughly 500,000 psychology majors in the United States and about 75% of them go straight into the business world with only a bachelor's degree. Given the tentative nature of career decision making in a complex and changing economic and job environment, Eric Landrum and Paul Hettich provide students with innovative strategies for succeeding after college with an undergraduate degree in psychology. Considering the undergraduates' transition from college to career in a practical manner, the authors introduce major career preparedness topics that summarize research and data, provide strategies, include self-report exercises and offer further recommendations. Combining the empirical data with their practical experience with thousands of students, Landrum and Hettich provide key advice and tools to help psychology majors survive and thrive in the workplace.Features:Provides overview of multiple career options available to psychology baccalaureate graduatesExtensive coverage of networking shows students how to build a strong network and develop sustaining relationships in their areas of interestExercises in each chapter help students chart their course to their careerDescribes a career-oriented action plan for students to implement during their time in college.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412999311
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/28/2013
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,481,654
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul I. Hettich received his PhD in general Experimental Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. Subsequently he was program evaluator for the federally funded Cooperative Education Research Laboratory, Inc. At the Intext Corporation he worked as an applied research scientist managing driver behavior research and training contracts. His experiences in military, non-profit, and corporate settings gave him a “real-world” perspective for a 35-year career at Bara College (later Barat College of DePaul University) where he taught various psychology courses, chaired the department, and served in administration as academic dean, grants writer, and institutional researcher. He completed a post-doctoral summer session in program evaluation at Northwestern University and subsequently directed the evaluation of a three-year federally funded Women in Leadership Learning program at Barat College. He was a member of the Danforth Foundation for Teaching excellence and the first recipient at Barat College of the Sears Roebuck Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership. He has several professional presentations—nationally and internationally—as well as publications on diverse topics such as study skills, professional development of faculty, teaching methods, program evaluation, cognitive development of college students, and workplace readiness. He is a Fellow in Divisions 1 (General Psychology), 2 (Society for the Teaching of Psychology), and 52 (International Psychology) of the American Psychological Association and a Life Member of the Midwest Psychological Association.

R. Eric Landrum is a professor of psychology at Boise State University, receiving his PhD in cognitive psychology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. His research interests center on the educational conditions that best facilitate student success as well as the use of SoTL strategies to advance the efforts of scientist-educators. He has over 300 professional presentations at conferences and published over 20 books/book chapters, and has published over 70 professional articles in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. He has worked with over 275 undergraduate research assistants and taught over 12,500 students in 21 years at Boise State. During Summer 2008, he led an American Psychological Association working group at the National Conference for Undergraduate Education in Psychology studying the desired results of an undergraduate psychology education.

Eric is the lead author of The Psychology Major: Career Options and Strategies for Success (5th ed., 2013) and has authored Undergraduate Writing in Psychology: Learning to Tell the Scientific Story (2nd ed., 2012) and Finding A Job With a Psychology Bachelor’s Degree: Expert Advice for Launching Your Career (2009). He co-authored The EasyGuide to APA Style (2nd ed., 2013), You’ve Received Your Doctorate in Psychology—Now What? (2012) and is the lead editor for Teaching Ethically—Challenges and Opportunities (2012) and co-editor of Assessing Teaching and Learning in Psychology: Current and Future Perspectives (2013). He served as Vice President for the Rocky Mountain region of Psi Chi (2009–2011). He is a member of the American Psychological Association, a fellow in APA’s Division Two (Society for the Teaching of Psychology or STP), served as STP secretary (2009–2011), and will serve as the 2014 STP President.

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Table of Contents

Preface
About the Authors
About the Contributing Authors
Part I. Get Ready for Your Transition to the Workplace
1. Meet the New Workplace Realities (and Your Paperback Mentors)
2. Yes! You Can Succeed in Life With a Bachelor's Degree
3. Make the Most of Your Opportunities--Now!
Part II. Know Thyself--Better!
4. What Is the Secret of Excellent Career Planning? (by Camille Helkowski)
5. Your Journey Through Psychosocial Development Continues Long After Graduation
6. Know the Skills You Need to Succeed (Course Content Is No Longer the Focus)
7. Jump-Start Your Job Search (by John Jameson)
Part III. Onboarding to Work
8. Why Are Attitudes, Motivation, and Work Centrality Important?
9. Your First Real Job? It's Primarily About Communicating
10. Avoid False Expectations: Onboarding and Your First 90 Days
Part IV. I Graduated and Got a Job: What's Next?
11. Your Personal Life Changes After College (by Abby [Wilner] Miller)
12. From Know Thyself to Manage Thyself
13. Prime Yourself for More Transitions
14. What Lies Ahead?
Author Index
Subject Index
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