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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
There are roughly 500,000 psychology majors in the United States and about 75% of them go straight into the business world with only a bachelor's degree. Given the tentative nature of career decision making in a complex and changing economic and job environment, Eric Landrum and Paul Hettich provide students with innovative strategies for succeeding after college with an undergraduate degree in psychology. Considering the undergraduates' transition from college to career in a practical manner, the authors introduce major career preparedness topics that summarize research and data, provide strategies, include self-report exercises and offer further recommendations. Combining the empirical data with their practical experience with thousands of students, Landrum and Hettich provide key advice and tools to help psychology majors survive and thrive in the workplace.


-Provides overview of multiple career options available to psychology baccalaureate graduates.

-Extensive coverage of networking shows students how to build a strong network and develop sustaining relationships in their areas of interest.

-Exercises in each chapter help students chart their course to their career.

-Describes a career-oriented action plan for students to implement during their time in college.

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

Sample Materials & Chapters

Table of Contents


Chapter 1

Chapter 5

Paul I. Hettich

Paul I. Hettich received his PhD in general Experimental Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. Subsequently he was program evaluator for the federally funded Cooperative Education Research Laboratory, Inc. At the Intext Corporation he worked as an applied research scientist managing driver behavior research and training contracts. His experiences in military, non-profit, and corporate settings gave him a “real-world” perspective for a 35-year career at Bara College (later Barat College of DePaul University) where he taught various psychology courses, chaired the department, and served in administration as academic dean, grants writer,... More About Author

R. Eric Landrum

R. Eric Landrum is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Psychological Science at Boise State University, receiving his PhD in cognitive psychology from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.  He is a research generalist, broadly addressing the improvement of teaching and learning, including the long-term retention of introductory psychology content, skills assessment, improving help-seeking behavior, advising innovations, understanding student career paths, the psychology workforce, successful graduate school applications, and more.  Eric has 425+ presentations, 23 books/textbooks, and published 85 peer-reviewed journal... More About Author

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