This week, The Novice Professor is going to put out series of posts geared towards undergraduates, particularly undergrads interested in applying to graduate school. Below are some links and information that undergraduate psychology majors may find useful. Many of the links can also be found in our Resources Section, including helpful information about studying, careers, and graduate programs, for both psychology majors and non-psychology majors alike!
First things first, keep that GPA up! Stephen Chew (@SChewPsych) at Samford University put together a wonderful video series to help students get the most out of their studying. Also, for all you psych majors out there who “hate math”, take your statistics class seriously. Jessica Hartnett, a psychology professor that teaches statistics at Gannon University tells her students that knowledge about statistics (yes, that stuff taught in your Intro Stats class!) is in high demand for a variety of jobs. Teachers and students alike should check out her blog post, it is very informative.
Careers in Psychology
There are numerous jobs open to undergraduates studying psychology, but it can be difficult figuring out what is best for you. The links below give some ideas for the types of careers open to psych majors.
Research and Internships
Many (but not all!) careers in psychology require you to go on to graduate school. If you want to go to graduate school, you need to get some research or internship experience. Most universities will have research opportunities on campus. As an academic advisor, I told students to look up the psychology department’s website, and read through the research interests of all the faculty. Once you find one or two that seem interesting to you, reach out to them to see if you can volunteer in their lab as a researcher. Even if that lab isn’t a 100% fit for what you want to do with your career, the research experience will help you get into graduate school to pursue that dream job. For internships, we aren’t as familiar with what's expected, but here are some links to help you get started with both:
Graduate School Application Process
The application process to graduate school can often be confusing for students. What is a CV? How do you write a personal statement? Who do I ask to be letter writers? Here are some links to help you navigate that murky territory.
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