BA in Psychology

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BA in Psychology
Good news for grads
Post-graduation plans
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Other
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sch
Psy
grad
sch
Work
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Go to work or go to
grad school?
Post-graduation
paths for BA psych
majors from 4 yr
institutions.
Based on 1998 APA
survey.
BA Career Paths
Health Professionals
Sales
Administrative support / Clerical
%
Series1
Educators
Business / Managers
Social Services / Public Affairs
0
5
10
15
20
25
Grad school or not?
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Top student.
Great grades and
test scores.
COOP experience.
Recommendations.
Applications.
Employment fair.
Filenes Dept Stores.
His future not mine.
Grad School only one choice.
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50% go directly into
employment with psych degree.
Psychology great major for the
BA grad.
Develop abilities and skills not
fostered by other majors.
As or more important than the
knowledge base of major.
Basic skill set with BA.
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General education at CCSU.
Study areas and skill areas.
What are in skill areas?
Composition and communication.
Data analysis.
Computer skills.
Modern languages.
Intercultural (international)
Career pyramid Level 1
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Level 4
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Level 3
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Level 2
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Level 1
BA skills and knowledge
Level 2: People skills
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Howard Gardner.
Multiple intelligences.
Linguistic, mathematical.
Interpersonal (others).
Intrapersonal (yourself).
Emotional intelligence.
Important decisions require
both head and heart.
What employers want:
Based on survey of employers, they want
new hires to have:
Listening skills.
 Ability to work on teams.
 Getting along with others.
 Focus on customers/clients.
 Interpersonal relationships skills.
“People skills”
What employers want:
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Desire and ability to learn.
Willingness to gain new, important skills.
Adaptability to changing situations.
Ability to suggest solutions.
Problem solving skills.
Flexibility and creativity
People skills highly valued.
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Employers know they can
teach you the skills you’ll
need for job.
Hard to teach people skills.
New majors come to psych
because of these abilities.
Peer counselors.
Psych major helps you
develop these skills.
Appreciation for diversity.
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Tolerance and
compassion for people
who are “different”.
Cultures and languages.
Physical and mental
abilities.
Sexual orientation.
Life style choices.
Sensitivity nurtured.
Career pyramid Level 2
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Level 4
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Level 3
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Level 2
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Level 1
People skills
BA skills and knowledge
Helping professions
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Many people select psychology as major
because they “want to help people”.
Can do that in any career.
People have all kinds of problems.
Many things need fixing.
Lots of ways to help.
Get satisfaction in many careers.
Human services
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Many options with BA.
Child and adult care.
Mental health interns.
Social work.
Program directors for
crisis centers, helplines,
residential treatment
centers.
Career pyramid Level 3
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Level 4
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Level 3
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Level 2
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Level 1
Human services
People skills
BA skills and knowledge
Try out the career path.
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Tale of two psychiatric interns.
Dave and Joe both got entry level jobs.
Within a year, both starting planning
move.
Dave got a MA in counseling in order to
be a resident hall director.
Joe went to nursing school and later
became nurse therapist.
Career pyramid Level 4
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Level 4
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Level 3
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Level 2
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Level 1
Graduate School
Human services
People skills
BA skills and knowledge
Grad school in diverse areas
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Counseling (Schools of Education)
Social Work
Law
Business
Medical professions (PA’s and nursing)
Education (post bac certification)
Work first and then grad school
Post-graduation plans
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Other
grad
sch
Psy
grad
sch
Work
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Go to work or go to
grad school?
Post-graduation
paths for BA psych
majors from 4 yr
institutions.
Based on 1998 APA
survey.
Many different options
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Only making the first choice.
Life will have many surprises.
For example, friend started as
teacher.
Guidance counselor.
Therapist.
Seminary to become priest.
Now a bishop.

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