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Your Undergraduate Degree in Psychology

Your Undergraduate Degree in Psychology
From College to Career

Innovative strategies for psychology majors to survive and thrive in the workforce

January 2013 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Innovative strategies for psychology majors to survive and thrive in the workforce

Nearly 100,000 students graduate each year with a bachelor's degree in psychology, and a majority of these students will enter the workforce instead of pursuing a graduate degree. Many will find themselves tentatively deciding their next steps amid a complex and changing economic and job environment.

In this text, authors and professors Paul I. Hettich and R. Eric Landrum provide innovative strategies and tools for succeeding after college with an undergraduate degree in psychology. Drawing on current research data, applied theory, and both academic and workplace experiences, they help stimulate self-reflection and improve decision making as students approach their careers. The text covers key topics in the college-to-career transition, including career planning and development, identifying and transferring marketable skills, building and sustaining strong networks, understanding what employers want and don't want, coping with personal life changes, becoming a valued employee, and more.

About the Authors
About the Contributing Authors
Part I. Get Ready for Your Transition to the Workplace
1. Meet the New Workplace Realities (and Your Paperback Mentors)
2. Yes! You Can Succeed in Life With a Bachelor's Degree
3. Make the Most of Your Opportunities--Now!
Part II. Know Thyself--Better!
4. What Is the Secret of Excellent Career Planning? (by Camille Helkowski)
5. Your Journey Through Psychosocial Development Continues Long After Graduation
6. Know the Skills You Need to Succeed (Course Content Is No Longer the Focus)
7. Jump-Start Your Job Search (by John Jameson)
Part III. Onboarding to Work
8. Why Are Attitudes, Motivation, and Work Centrality Important?
9. Your First Real Job? It's Primarily About Communicating
10. Avoid False Expectations: Onboarding and Your First 90 Days
Part IV. I Graduated and Got a Job: What's Next?
11. Your Personal Life Changes After College (by Abby [Wilner] Miller)
12. From Know Thyself to Manage Thyself
13. Prime Yourself for More Transitions
14. What Lies Ahead?
Author Index
Subject Index
Key features


  • The text provides an overview of multiple career options available to psychology baccalaureate graduates.
  • Exercises in each chapter and a career-oriented action plan help students chart the course to the career they want while they are still in college.
  • Each chapter includes specific recommendations, a list of additional resources, case examples where appropriate, and interactive features such as exercises and self-assessments.
  • Extensive coverage of networking shows students how to build a strong network and develop sustaining relationships in their areas of interest.
  • The text extends traditional perspectives on this subject by exploring psychosocial development after college, motivation issues, workplace expectations, and models of transition.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Table of Contents


Chapter 1

Chapter 5

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