Chapter 1 Should I major in psychology?
v What does it mean to major in psychology?
v What is the benefit of psychology versus any other degree?
v So, what is psychology?
v Why should I be a psychology major?
v What if I really want to be a counselor/therapist?
v Will I be able to get a job?
v Will I make any money?
v What if I already know what I want to be “when I grow up?”
Chapter 2 How can I be sure?
v If I am thinking of psychology as a major what can I do to make certain it is right for me?
v What issues or questions should I be considering?
v What else might help me now as I plan my psychology major?
v A four year timeline.
v What if I have declared a psychology major late in my academic career--what good is a timeline?
v What do I do if I decide that psychology is NOT the best major for me?
Chapter 3 What careers are available?
v What kinds of jobs are “right” for psychology majors?
v Profile of a human services worker
v Profile of a parole officer
v Profile of a human resources recruiter
Chapter 4 How do I explore careers?
v Where do I start?
o Career Services.
o The Library.
o Professional or associations.
o Your family and friends.
o Local professionals.
o The Internet.
Chapter 5 How do I enhance my employability?
v So why should I care about my "marketability
v What are some steps to optimize my opportunities?
v Get to know your faculty.
v Get to know and use resources that can assist you.
v Volunteer some of your time and talent to campus or community organizations.
v Participate in at least one (if not more) internship experience.
v Take coursework that supports your plans.
v What if I have special considerations?
Chapter 6 Will I make any money?
v What do I need to know about my income potential as a psychology major?
v What type of starting salary can I expect?
v What are starting salaries with a master's degree or a doctorate in psychology?
v What if I am offered a salary that is less than what I believe I deserve?
Chapter 7 Should I go to graduate school?
v What are the key issues to consider? Am I an attractive applicant?
v What kind of graduate schools are there to consider? Or master’s vs. PhD vs. PsyD, what gives?
v What if I’m still not sure about whether or not I want to go to graduate school?
v Will it hurt my chances to take a year or more off (e.g., not go to graduate school right away)?
Chapter 8 How do I prepare for graduate school?
v What steps are involved in applying to graduate school?
v Graduate school preparation timeline
v How do I maximize my chance of getting into graduate school?
v Why is research experience so important? What about relevant experience?
v What about application essays and interviews?
Chapter 9 How do I do a job search?
v How do I get started in conducting a successful job search?
v How do I target and research possible employers?
v How do I design a resume?
v What about my references?
v What categories of information should I use in my resume?
v Is a cover letter important?
v I have a job interview! How do I prepare?
Chapter 10 I have my job, now what?
v What should my first objectives be in my new job?
v How do I become effective in my specific work assignments?
v How do I know if I am "on track" with the direction of my career?
v How do I keep from making my work my life?
v What should I do to allow for job change opportunities?