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Ch. 5- using your bachelor’s degree: preparing for the jobmarketBachelor’s degree in psychologyoA liberal arts degreeA well-rounded education that provides the opportunity togain general knowledge as well as critical thinking andcommunication skills that can be skills to a wide variety ofcircumstances.Bachelor’s degree in psychology serves as a foundation forentering the job market upon graduationRecent graduates with a bachelor’s degree in psychology65% employed in business and private industry27% employed in educational settings8% employed in governmentoA pre-professional degreeBachelor’s degree in psychology serves as a prerequisite topursuing graduate studies and associated professions.Goals of undergrad psychology programsoThe American Psychological Association has established fivegoals that most undergraduate programs in psychology addressand attempt to achieve via the curriculum offered in thepsychology majorThese goals include:Scientific reasoningConducting research
Applying ethical standardsDemonstrating self-efficacySampling of entry-level positions possible with a bachelor’s degree inpsychologyoAdvertising sales representativeoBenefits manageroCaseworkeroClaims supervisorWhat employers want from applicants for entry-level positionsoEmployers seek out particular skills and attributed in applicantsEmployers may make an initial cut based on GPAOne survey showed that 67& of employer’s screenapplicants by GPA60% of those would use a 3.0 GPA as the cut pointoafter the GPA cut, employers look at a candidate’s resume forevidence of other attributesit’s important to clearly convey your attributes on yourresumetop 10 attributes employers search for in an applicant’s resume1.written communication skills2. leadership3.analytical/quantitative skills4.strong work ethic5.ability to work in a team6.problem solving skills7.verbal communication skills2
8. initiative9.detail oriented10.computer skills10 characteristics that influence hiring decisionsSTUDENTS CHARACTETISTICSEMPLOYERS RANKING AS “MOSTIMPORTANT”Major/degree34%Internship/experience24%Interview/communication skills22%The college attended8%Community service4%GPA3%Personal appearance2%Computer skills1%Integrity/drive1%Passion1%experience counts!oSurvey data show that 74% of employers “prefer to hirecandidates with relevant work experience”Summer jobsPart time jobsStructured volunteer experiencesField practiceInternships/externshipsJob skills valued by employers interviewing psychology majorsoSocial skillsDeals with effectively with a wide variety of peopleDisplays appropriate interpersonal skills3
Handles conflict successfullyWorks productively as a member of a teamoPersonal skillsShows initiative and persistenceExhibits effective time managementHolds high ethical standards and expects the same ofothersRemains open minded during controversiesoCommunication skills

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