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   DePaul University Career Center | Psychology  1 What Can I Do with a Major in Psychology How to use this guide DePaul’s  Career Roadmap was designed to help students and alumni navigate the career development  process by describing the Career Center’s services and resources as they relate to four steps: Know Yourself, Explore and Choose Options, Gain Knowledge and Experience, and Putting it all Together. This major guide uses the same four steps to help you explore and consider the possibility of pursuing a degree in Psychology: Step 1    Know Yourself: Helps you explore whether this field suits your interests, skills, and values. Step 2    Explore and Choose Options: Provides you with information about the major and occupations related to it. Step 3   Gain Knowledge and Experience: Teaches you how to gain relevant knowledge and experience for your occupational interest. Step 4    Putting It All Together: Helps you embark on your job search process. Table of Contents Step 1 :  Know Yourself…………… .. ……………………………………….………………………………………….  2   Interests, Skills and Values ………………………………………………………………………..  2 Step 2 :  Explore and Choose Options   ………………………………………………………………………  3-5 Concentrations ……………………………………………………………………………………..  3 Curriculum …………………………………………………………………………………………  3 Occupations ………………………………………………………………………………………..  4 Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) ……………………………………………………………….  4 Online Resources …………………………………………………………………………………..  5 Step 3 : Gain Knowledge and Experience   ………………………………………………………………….. 6-7 Internships ………………………………………………………………………………………….  6 Find More Internships …………………………………………………………………………...…  6 Student Organizations and Professional Organizations ……………………………………………  7 Research and Guide Books …………………………………………………………… .. …………  7 Graduate and Doctoral Programs …………………………………………………………………..  7 Step 4 :  Putting It All Together    ……………………………………………………………………………..  8-10 Career Advisors for LA&S ………………………………………………………...………………  8 Attend Workshops …………………………………………………………..……………………..  8 Prepare your Resume …………………………………………………...………………………….  9 Prepare for Interview ……………………………………………..……………………………….  9 Salary Resources ……………………………………………...……………………………………  10   DePaul University Career Center | Psychology  2 Step 1: Know Yourself    Think about what has attracted you to psychology and why it might be the right major for you. Take some time to consider your interests, skills, and values, and compare them with the information below. Keep in mind that you may not identify with everything noted below, but be conscious of whether the listed interests, skills, and values complement or run contrary to how  you identify. Interests, Skills and Values :  People who major in Psychology often have: Interests Skills Values Working with People Research and Experiments Human Behavior & Cognition Human Development Laws and Regulations Workplace Issues Education Analysis Critical Thinking Researching Problem Solving Interviewing Test Administration Behavioral Observation Survey Construction Improving people ’s lives  Improving community Improving organizations Ethics If what is listed above matches, or is related in a way to your own interests, skills and values, a degree in  psychology may be for you. Continue to explore this resource to learn more.  Another Look at Interests :  John Holland’s Occupational Themes   Learning about your interests will help you identify opportunities to pursue and the topics you are most naturally drawn to. John Holland developed a theory of occupational interests that described six major interest areas (learn about all six interest areas here). Of those six interest areas, Psychology students often identify with interests in the following categories:  Investigative : People with Investigative interests have a strong scientific, inquiring orientation. Learn more: http://careercenter.depaul.edu/_documents/hexagon_investigative.pdf   Social  : People with social interests enjoy professions that involve helping, training, or teaching abilities and enjoy working with other people in service-oriented environments. Learn more: http://careercenter.depaul.edu/_documents/hexagon_realistic.pdf   TME NT. USE THE TEXT BOX TOOLS TAB TO CHANGEFORMATTING OF THE PULL QUOTE TEXT BOX.]      Learn more about “Step 1: Knowing Yourself”…Check out these Career Center Workshops  -   Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) - Work Values -   Skills and Accomplishments -   Strong Interest Explorer   DePaul University Career Center | Psychology  3 Step 2: Explore and Choose Options   Whether you have already chosen psychology as a major or are still considering it among other  possibilities, it is important to explore the career and academic options this major will open up  for you. Concentrations : DePaul’s department of  psychology offers the following concentrations within the major: Standard This concentration is good preparation for graduate school in psychology Human Development This concentration focuses on child and adolescent  behavior. The student can choose classes with electives to build knowledge in areas of interest. Good for students interested in working with children. Human Services This concentration provides a good foundation for students planning to work directly with people. Able to work providing human services without advanced degree. However, if the student wishes to go to graduate school, he or she might want to fill the electives with advanced research and statistics courses to strengthen the application to graduate school. Industrial/Organizational Good for students interested in systems of human resources: assessments, surveys, training needs analysis, competency modeling, and performance management. Community This concentration educates students about research and community intervention strategies to address real-world  problems, such as violence, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, chronic illness, and mental health problems among diverse, at-risk populations. Finally, a concentration in Community Psychology empowers graduates with skills to work in collaborative ways with community agencies, not-for-profit groups, and grass-roots organizations. Learn more: DePaul: http://las.depaul.edu/psy/Courses/index.asp#concentration  Curriculum : Please follow this link to review the curriculum for a degree in Psychology. Also, note the classes you will need to take. Learn more about these classes: http://sr.depaul.edu/catalog/catalogfiles/Current/Undergraduate%20Course%20Descriptions/pg98.html    DePaul University Career Center | Psychology  4 Occupations : The following list, organized by suggested concentration, offers a  sampling   of career paths that might appeal to psychology students. It is not meant to be all inclusive or limiting, but rather is intended to  provide you with a starting point for considering the possibilities. Standard Clinical Psychologist*, School, Counselor*, Marriage and Family Counselor*, Mental Health Professional*,  Neuropsychologist*, Forensics, Research and Experimentation Psychologist* Human Development Child Care Worker, Counselor Aide, Day Care Center Supervisor, Health Educator, Parole Officer, Child Protective Services, Youth Services Specialist, Foster Care Specialist Human Services Behavioral Analyst, Case Worker, Volunteer Services, Family Service Worker, Meeting Planner, Recreational Therapist/Counselor*, Social/Human Services Assistant Industrial/Organizational Consultant, Organizational Psychologist*, Research Scientist*, Consulting Psychologist*, Organizational Consultant, Customer Leader, Management Consultant, Industrial Psychologist*, Management Psychologist*, Human Resources Manager*, Training and Development Manager* Community Mental Health Counselor*, Substance Abuse Counselor*, Community and Social Services Specialist, Correctional Counselor*, Behavior Support Specialist * These occupations may require additional training and/or a graduate or doctoral degree. Speak with a Career Advisor to learn more Learn more: http://online.onetcenter.org/find/quick?s=psychologist  http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos056.htm   Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) : Learn from DePaul alumni about how they have used their psychology degree. ASK is a great way to  begin building your network by connecting with these mentors. Below is a  sample  of job titles reported  by alumni with psychology degrees: Academic Advising Support Career Consultant/Counselor Principal Associate/Assistant Director Child and Adolescent Therapist Professor Associate Customer Research Manager Deputy Public Defender Psychotherapist Assistant Village Manager Habilitation Supervisor Recruiter Attorney Parent Advocate Research Assistant Learn more on how to connect with alumni: http://ask.depaul.edu/  
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