Researching Career Choices
The study of psychology can lead in many different directions, whether you have an undergraduate degree, an MA or a PhD. You are encouraged to follow up with your own more in-depth research. Your future, and the career decision you make, is up to you. Start considering your options now, plan early, and be well-prepared.
Researching your Career Choices
- For possible careers with a degree in psychology, visit our Some Career Ideas webpage and/or review our information sheet What Can I Do With A Degree in Psychology?.
- Check out potential jobs through your favourite search engine, and on job-specific sites listed on this website.
- Get connected. For example, join a professional association or LinkedIn (workshops on how to best take advantage of this online professional network are available through the Career Centre).
- Talk to people who make hiring decisions in the field you are interested in, to see which route they would recommend pursuing.
- Talk to people working in the field or fields that interest you – ask them for advise on what steps to take to achieve your goal.
- Learn about what is required (e.g. certificate course, training, skills, etc) by potential employers.
- Check out websites for graduate schools.
- Consult other sources on the web for further career advice, including the links on this website.
- Attend career events sponsored by the Psychology Department, the Psychology Student's Association and the Career Centre.
- Parents, friends, academic advisors, the career centres and teachers can provide advice.
- The media can be a source of up-to-date career information.
- What are you interested in and what are the things you really enjoy? Where does your passion lie? Research, working directly with people, statistics, hands-on work, social activism, politics, to name a few.
- What are the particular talents and skills that you can bring to a job?
- What type of work environment appeals to you, be it casual, more structured, involving working closely with others or more independently, a job with a travel component, for example?
- What tasks/jobs do you, and do you not, enjoy?
- Which of your own recent job experiences have you found particularly interesting and/or rewarding?
- What do you think is going to be important to you next year and beyond? Think about your future goals.
- Careers in Psychology: Opportunities in a Changing World by Tara L. Kuther and Robert D. Morgan (Wadsworth Publishing Company, 2009)
- Opportunities in Psychology Careers by Donald E. Super (McGraw-Hill, 2008)
- Majoring in Psych?: Career Options for Psychology Undergraduates by Betsy L. Morgan, Ann J. Korschgen (Allyn & Bacon, 2009)
- Read The Five-Year Resume by Laker and Laker, and try out their career planning exercise