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Old 05-04-2006, 01:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Entry Level Jobs?

Hi all,
I've recently graduated with a Psychology degree and I have NO experience. I've never been in the work force.
Any ideas of job positions that will accept me or need new graduates or are willing to recruit people with no experience?
Oh, and I'm a very shy person, so that is a major minus, so marketing is not an option for me.
Any ideas?
Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-04-2006, 01:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Have you been to the career center from your college yet?
You didn't do any kind of internships while you were in college?
WHen you decided on a Psych major, what did you want to do with it? What are your goals? What do you want to do...


Doing a google on Careers for Psychology majors brings back a wealth of information:
This site was particularly interesting:
Careers for Psychology Majors
Quote:
JOB SKILLS POSSESSED BY PSYCHOLOGY MAJORS
"When people consider the question 'What am I able to do with a Bachelor's degree in psychology?', they are usually thinking about what kind of job they might get. But there is another way of looking at this question that you should consider as part of your career planning. That is, you should seriously think about what you are able to do in terms of the skills you may have acquired while majoring in psychology" (Edwards. 1989, p. 1). These wise words are the introduction to the following lists of skills that Edwards compiled for his students at Loyola University which have been modified and expanded to fit Indiana State University.

Students should realize that they may not develop these skills if they do not take full advantage of all their undergraduate opportunities (e.g., research and extracurricular activities). It is also equally important to obtain a broad, liberal education in addition to these specific skills. Because job markets are shifting constantly, it is crucial to avoid overspecialization and to strive for flexibility.

HUMAN SERVICES SKILLS
These are skills necessary for successful employment in situations where direct services are provided to individuals who are in need of help.

Perform institutional research and evaluation.
Write reports and proposals clearly and objectively.
Organize and lead groups, organizations, or committees.
Recognize and understand behavioral and emotional disorders.
Select, administer, score, and interpret psychological tests.
Respond in an unbiased and tolerant way to individual differences.
Display fundamental counseling skills with individuals and groups.
Collect, record, and report statistical and qualitative information.
Perform crisis intervention techniques (e.g., listening and referral).
Perform interviews to learn about people's history, problems, and plans.
Contribute to program or treatment planning, evaluation, and implementation.
Demonstrate small group skills (e.g., team building and conflict management).
Communicate effectively and sensitively in both individual and group situations.
Obtain information about problems through library research and personal contacts.
Critically evaluate theories and research and apply the results to solve problems.
Analyze problems on the basis of personal experience and psychological principles.
Understand and modify your attitudes and actions in interactions with other people.
RESEARCH SKILLS
These are some of the types of skills essential to jobs in which information based on basic or applied research is provided to assist decision making.

Construct and administer questionnaires.
Use a variety of types of research equipment.
Collect, organize, analyze. and interpret data.
Present verbal presentations clearly and persuasively.
Defend ideas in a clear, objective, non-dogmatic manner.
Be familiar with a variety of research methods and designs.
Recruit research subjects and treat them in an ethical manner.
Select, administer, score, and interpret various psychological tests.
Write reports clearly, concisely, objectively, and in the correct style.
Use library resources to research problems and prepare literature reviews.
Identify problems and suggest solutions on the basis of research findings.
Create easily understood graphs, tables, and verbal descriptions of results.
Select and compute appropriate statistical tests and interpret their results.
Assemble, interpret, and critically analyze research findings in specific areas.
Use computers to write reports, analyze data, and perform bibliographic searches.
Deal effectively with financial, temporal, and personnel constraints on research.
Quote:
WHAT DO EMPLOYERS LOOK FOR IN PSYCHOLOGY MAJORS THEY INTERVIEW?
The items in the three major categories of the following outline (taken directly from Edwards & Smith, 1988) are arranged in descending order of importance as rated by a large sample of employers from Midwestern government, nonprofit, and commercial agencies, organizations, and companies that often hire undergraduate psychology majors. Psychology students are urged to take advantage of all their undergraduate opportunities to maximize the attainments of these skills, abilities, knowledge, and personal traits.

SKILLS & ABILITIES
Writing proposals and reports
Identifying and solving problems based on research and knowledge of behavior
Conducting interviews
Performing statistical analyses
Designing and conducting research projects
Performing job analyses
Coding data
Using computer programs to analyze data
Systematically observing and recording behavior
Constructing tests and questionnaires
Administering standardized tests
KNOWLEDGE
Formation and change of attitudes and opinions
Principles and techniques of personnel selection
How people think, solve problems, and process information
Structure and dynamics of small groups
Effects of the environment on people's feelings and actions
Organizational development
Principles of human learning and memory
How people perceive and sense their environment
Theories and research on personality and individual differences
Principles of human needs and motivation
Theories and research on organizational behavior, work, and productivity
Theories and research on human development and stages of life
Symptoms, causes, and treatments of abnormal behaviors
PERSONAL TRAITS
Ability to work with others in a team
Motivation to work hard
Positive attitude toward work and the organization
Organization
Leadership
Maturity
Flexibility
Ability to communicate well
Intelligence
Problem-solving ability
Integrity
Tolerance for stress and ambiguity

Any position you get, with no work experience will be entry level and you move up from there... you might not have any work experience, but you might have life experience that could apply...

What do you have on your resume?
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Old 05-04-2006, 02:05 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks a million, Maleficent.
I read your post to my previoys thread and I read each and every link you sent me and they were soooooooooo helpful! Thanks!
I've just recently went to the career center in my college but all they did was revise my resume, but i will be going to a recruiting conference soon where they will tell us about job hunting.
Nope, I've never done any interships while in college.
As for my degree, I dont even mind if I work in a job that has nothing to so with it, such as secretarial work, Human resources, and telecommunication.
When I decided on my major, sadfully, it was because it interested me, not becuase of the jobs available in that field.
I'll check out the link you just wrote.
You put out EXCELLENT advice in all the job threads.
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