Achieving an undergraduate degree in psychology can lend itself to literally hundreds of occupations so, don’t feel like careers in counseling or mental health are the only opportunities available to you; unless of course, those are what you desire.
There are a myriad of skills you have developed during your educational process in psychology that are important in a variety of careers. For instance, much of the psychology course work you have taken prepares you with useful people skills, which can make you a great candidate for careers that require good communication skills, such as marketing and/or sales, human resources and management careers – just to name a few.
“…you needn’t be in a conundrum about what to do with your undergraduate degree…”
You have spent an inordinate amount of time developing your writing skills, and no doubt you’ve taken plenty of analytical courses (research, statistics, etc.). So, if you are a person who thrives on the left brain logic and analytics then you may want to use your education in psychology to focus on professions that will provide you with a more systematic emphasis.
What are some of the careers you might spend time researching? Here are just a few
- Social Work
- Criminal Justice
- Business/entry management
- Insurance (sales/analyst)
- Media Buyer
- Human Resources
- Loan Officer
- Sales Representative
- Public Relations
- Employment counselor
- Program Manager
- Career Coach
- Childcare Worker
- Technical Writer
- Administrative Assistant
In R. Eric Lundrum’s article: I’m getting my Bachelors Degree in Psychology, What can I do with it? – Eric states that, “While some undergraduates continue their education in graduate school, the majority of students do not go to graduate school (only about 25% of undergraduate psychology majors nationally go to graduate school).”
You needn’t be in a conundrum around what to do with your undergraduate degree; there are almost too many options for you to choose from! In Eric’s article mentioned above, he goes on to list nearly two hundred various occupations that fit an undergraduate degree in psychology – so don’t despair.
The quickest way to whittle down your options and find a great match is to ensure you truly understand who you are, what you want and where your real strengths and interests will be best served.
By uncovering this essential information about yourself, you will have a much better chance of finding a career that is fulfilling, enabling you to truly ‘dig what you do’.
And isn’t that what it should really be about in the end? Working to fulfill a passion that interests you, where you can provide the best value and all the while be wondering why you actually get paid to do something that you find so fun?
Ensuring that you focus on ‘what makes you tick’ first, will guide you on a career path that engages your interests and energy, while at the same time, meeting your needs.
Lundrum has spent his career helping people build meaningful careers. It’s a passion he feeds through tireless action on behalf of every professional he coaches.
An authority in the high-tech recruiting sector, for more than 20 years he has teamed with executive management of successful high tech startups throughout the Silicon Valley, helping to build organisations in these rapidly growing, dynamic environments. He draws on his experience to deliver enthusiasm and confidence to all of his clients as they search for a better way to work.
Eric is a co-founder of FiredUP Careers, a career coaching company focused on providing career products and services for professionals who wish to stay aligned with their careers, achieve success and truly dig what they do.