One great resource to explore career fields in your major is the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) network. Alumni are glad to speak with you about their careers. Try searching by major (Psychology) or by career field (Public Service or Social Science) and see what some alumni Psychology majors are doing. Here are examples of career destinations of alumni Psychology majors:
Program Manager of Corporate Giving, Starbucks
Office Operations Assistant, Federal Bureau of Investigations- Seattle
Central Compensation and Benefits Manager, Vail Resorts
Editorial Representative, Google
Student Affairs Officer, University of California- Riverside
Fifth Grade Teacher, Issaquah School District
High School English Teacher, International School of Minnesota
Peace Corps Volunteer, Togo Africa
Family Support Advocate, The Children's Advocacy Center
Service Coordinator, MJ Social Services
Assistant Vice President of Communication, YMCA
Research will give you confidence in your career choice and provide you will the competitive edge when job searching. Career and Employment services have numerous materials to help you in this process.
Check out some of the titles in the Career Resource Library in Howarth 101:
Career Paths in Psychology by Robert Stenberg
Opportunities in Psychology Careers by Charles and Donald Super
Know Your Skills
Communication: Writing analytical reports, influencing and persuading, mediating conflict, explaining ideas
Interpersonal Skills: Motivating others, giving effective feedback, facilitating groups, counseling
Research: Developing theories, clarifying goals and problems, gathering data, summarizing results
One of the most powerful tools for investigating career options is informational interviewing. Informational interviews provide the means to meet people in the career fields which interest you. To find people to interview, start with those people you know and list your natural network of contacts.
- Family and their Friends
- Friends and their Family
- Volunteer affiliations such as clubs, church, and community organizations
- Puget Sound Alumni
- Professionals in the Community
You will gain valuable information to help in deciding your major and possible career path. Also, you will begin to develop networking contacts for your future job search. Since only about 10 percent of existing jobs are filled through want ads, learning to network is a critical skill for a successful career search. At Career and Employment Services, we can help you hone your networking skills.
Investigate Internship Possibilities
Below are some examples of the internship possibilities listed in Career and Employment Services. See the internship coordinator to learn how internships may be linked to your academic program for credit.
Bridges: A Center for Grieving Children
Pierce County Juvenile Court
Case Manager Intern
Department of Social & Health Services
Family Counselor Intern
Job Search Tools
There are numerous tools available to aide you in finding a job, both on the internet and in Career and Employment Services. With Career and Employment Services behind you, you've got the tools you need when it comes to looking for a job.