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Psychology majors develop distinctive marketable skills.

Ten skills that any employer will appreciate!
       The skills psychology students learn can be used in the human services and mental health fields. They can also be transferred to many other fields such as management, human resources, healthcare, sales, and even law. Potential employers may not recognize the natural match psychology majors can make with their organization. So, it is important for psychology graduates to make connections between their major and qualities sought by employers. A bachelor’s degree in Psychology provides students with opportunities to develop:

1 – Interpersonal skills (e.g., teamwork, leadership, communication)
2 – Critical thinking
3 – Applications of theory and research in other settings
4 – Respect and appreciation of research
5 – Consideration of ethics when making decisions
6 – Understanding and appreciation of diversity
7 – Writing and presentation skill
8 – Capacity for professional development
9 – Civic-mindedness
10 – Attention to detail & time management

To read the full article please visit Eye on PSI CHI (see pages 14-17).
Slattery, J. M., & Forden, C. L. (2014).  What psychology students learn: 10 skills that any employer will appreciate.  Eye on PSI CHI, 19(1), 10-13.

For suggestions about improving workplace readiness and success, open the linked article: Alumni perceptions on workforce readiness.
Landrum, E.R., Hettich, P. I., & Wilner, A. (2010). Alumni perceptions of workforce readiness. Teaching of Psychology, 37, 97-106.


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