Most academic programs at degree-granting institutions design their curriculum to teach students the academic discipline. The academic discipline is focussed on adding to our understanding of mental events and behavior… It is therefore fundamentally concerned with research. That means that there is a heavy emphasis on teaching students how to conduct research in most university-level programs.

Similarly, most academic resources are also designed with the assumption that students will continue in the discipline. However, this is not the case for the vast majority of undergraduate students. The video from thee BHECN Nebraska YouTube channel assumes that students want to continue on in the discipline by going to graduate school. But what if you want to enter the workforce after finishing an undergraduate degree?

  1. View APA’s Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major Version 2.0 to view the 5 learning goals the association has identified as critical for psychology programs.
  2. Visit a job search website or careers page of a large organization in your area, and search for an entry-level position that requires a bachelor’s degree and less that 5 years’ experience.
  3. Review the job ad and analyze how the APA learning goals align with the required job skills.
  4. Take a screengrab of the job ad and post to your learning journal along with a brief description of how a psych degree would help you be successful in the position being advertised.

You can either record your efforts in your private learning journal or you can make your learning public on your blog by using the hastags #IPSY101 #careersafterpsychology. Using these hashtags will allow WEnotes to harvest your contribution and add them to the Course feed.