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1 What can I do with a Degree in Psychology? Careers and Employability Service Nicola Urquhart Careers Adviser

2 What we will cover The graduate labour market What do employers want? What skills do psychology graduates have? What do psychology graduates do: the jobs they get their typical employers the further courses they study

3 The graduate labour market in 2013 Approximately 30% - 40% of vacancies are open to graduates with a degree from any discipline Employers increasingly focusing on professional attributes in addition to transferable skills Relevant work experience increasingly important Need for students to think earlier about their employability Employers are expecting to increase their graduate recruitment by 2.7% in 2013

4 What do employers want? Degree awarded at 2.1 or above Employability skills Extra-Curricular Activities Professional attributes Work Experience Commercial Awareness

5 What is a career? Career choice is not an event or occasion Career choice is a process

6 The Challenge “it can be difficult for psychology students to become employment focused because of the breadth of the degree and its open- endedness”

7 What skills do Psychology graduates have? Communication Interpersonal skills Information technology Handling of data/statistics Problem-solving The ability to work in teams Research skills!

8 Skills and attributes that graduate recruiters are looking for? Communication Report writing Team working Leadership Planning and organisation Project management Enterprise Problem Solving Reflection Adaptability Energy Drive and resilience Integrity Reliability Enthusiasm/passion Self awareness Confidence Contextual/cultural awareness Capacity to develop Numeracy Positive attitude Business and customer awareness IT skills Adaptability Maturity

9 Jobs directly related to subject

10 Jobs directly related to your degree become-psychologist/types-psychologists/types-psychologists Clinical Psychologist Counselling Psychologist Educational Psychologist Forensic Psychologist Health Psychologist Occupational Psychologist Teaching Psychology

11 Jobs directly related to your degree Educational Psychologist concerned with children and young people in educational and early years settings – tackle challenges such as social and emotional problems, issues around disability as well as more complex developmental disorders Work mainly in schools, colleges, nurseries and special units (most employed by LAs)

12 Jobs directly related to your degree Clinical Psychologist deal with a range of mental and physical health problems including addiction, anxiety, depression, learning difficulties and relationship issues Work largely in health and social care settings such as hospitals, health centres, community mental health teams, child and adolescent mental health services and social services (most employed by NHS)

13 Jobs directly related to your degree Forensic Psychologist concerned with psychological aspects of legal processes in courts, applying psychological theory to criminal investigation, understanding psychological problems associated with criminal behaviour and the treatment of those who have committed offences. Work mainly in rehabilitation units, secure hospitals, social services and in university departments (most employed by HM Prison Service )

14 Jobs directly related to your degree Sports and Exercise Psychologist concerned with helping athletes to prepare psychologically for the demands of competition and training Work mainly in universities and private practice.

15 Jobs directly related to your degree Occupational Psychologist concerned with enhancing the effectiveness of organisations and developing the performance, motivation and well-being of people in the workplace Work with organisations and businesses of all sizes across the private, public and third sector (most employed by Civil Service and in private practices )

16 Jobs directly related to your degree Psychological Well-being Practitioner developed to deliver recommended low and high intensity interventions for people with mild, moderate to severe depression and anxiety disorders in a system of stepped care Many places including hospitals, community centres and rehabilitation centres

17 Jobs where a psychology degree useful Advertising Careers Guidance Counselling Human Resources Market Research Marketing Mental Health Nursing Occupational therapy Probation Work Public Relations Social Research Social Work Youth work

18 Related jobs, stepping stones … Care Worker Social Worker Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners Mental Health Nurse / Nursing assistant Healthcare Assistant Research Assistant Learning Support Worker Sports Coach

19 Researching Careers ancy_sources.htm ancy_sources.htm Overview of the sector Job descriptions Salary and conditions Entry requirements Training Career development Employers and vacancy sources Related jobs

20 Jobs that are not directly related to your degree Many employers value the skills you have gained more than the subject

21 Graduate Schemes www

22 Example Graduate Schemes Accenture Aldi Arcadia BAE Systems BBC Bloomberg British Sugar Cancer Research UK Deliotte DFID Diageo Ernest & Young EU Careers IBM L’Oreal Mars McDonalds MI5 National Grid Penguin TeachFirst BBC

23 Example Graduate scheme (Bloomberg ) Finance IT Media Sales

24 Example graduate scheme: DFID Engineering Finance General Management IT Purchasing Research and Development

25 Postgraduate study Approx. 26% of Psychology grads do PG study after graduation Many students work for a year to fund it or do it part-time whilst working Normally apply middle of final year. No UCAS can apply to as many course as you wish to – 3 or 4 is normal

26 Where to get work experience … Hospitals Schools and Colleges Nursing Homes Sports Teams Social Services Local Authorities Prison Service Rehabilitation Units At the University

27 Volunteering Opportunities Speculative approaches

28 Using Social Media to Job Search Twitter Follow organisations @BPSOfficial @PsychologyNow @PsychAssistant Follow @unikentemploy Get industry updates Remember everything is public Page 28

29 Facebook ‘Like’ company pages (Civil Service Fast Stream, NHS Management Scheme ) ‘Like’ Is your profile professional enough?! Page 29

30 LinkedIn Search for jobs. Use key words in your profile. Follow companies. Connect with people in the industry. Join relevant groups. Page 30

31 Websites to become familiar with

32 Job Websites (only a selection!) (including Assistant Psychologist (also offer work based placements) (includes Research Assistant Posts) HM Prison Service, Probation Trusts (35) (including support worker roles) Government

33 What do psychology graduates do?

34 What do psychology graduates do? (2011) Employed 66% Further study 26% Unemployed 6 % Not available 1%

35 Employment examples PSYCHOLOGY-RELATED Assistant Psychologist - Kneesworth House Hospital, Brumon Hospital, Northern Health & SS Board, Bournewood NHS, National Autistic Society, Kent & Medway NHS Trust, Cambian Educational Services, Disabilities Trust, East Court School for Dyslexia, Learning Assessment Centre, NHS Trusts, West Kent NHS Social Care Trust, NHS Adult Mental Health Psychologist - St Martin's Hospital Psychologist - dstl Psychology Research Assistant - University of Kent Psychology Technician - Huntercombe Manor Hospital Psychology Teacher - Kent County Council (x3) Psychology Lecturer - Canterbury College

36 Employment examples EDUCATION Classroom Assistant (x2) - Horndon-on-the-Hill, Noble School Learning Support Assistant (x5) - Axcis Education, Catholic School, Wyvern School, Secondary School (x2) Lecturer (x3) - Canterbury College, University of Derby, Oaklands College Psychology Research Assistant (x2) - University of Kent (x2) Teaching Assistant (x4) - Hong Kong, Weald of Kent Grammar School, JET Programme (Japan), Greenwich Youth Trainer - NACRO Retail Management Trainee - Matalan HEALTH & SOCIAL WELFARE Care Assistant (x4) - Oast trust, Essex Social Services, Learning Disabilities School etc Counsellor - Samaritans Hostel Worker - Cambridge Cyreneans Nursing Assistant (x3) - City of London Health Authority, New Sussex Hospital, St. Martin's Hospital Probation Services Officer (x3) - Hertfordshire Probation Service, Kent Probation Service (x2) Rehabilitation Support - Libra Health Group Residential Social Worker (x2) - Hammersmith & Fulham, Ravenswood Village Social Care Worker - Sussex Autistic Community Trust Special Needs Assistant (X2) - Haringey Education Support, West Sussex County Council Therapeutic Teacher - Caldecott Community

37 Further study examples PhD - Kent, Greenwich, Institute of Psychiatry MPhil - Kent MSc (eg in Developmental, Forensic, Health, Occupational, Social) - Kent, Bristol, Southampton, Cranfield, Essex, Guy's Hospital, London, LSE, UCL, Manchester, Oxford, Nottingham, Sheffield MSc HR Management - Middlesex MSc Nursing - Essex MSc Occupational Therapy - Essex MSc Research Methods - Kent, Liverpool, Reading MA - Brunel, Canterbury Christchurch, Kent, King’s College London, Lancaster, Oxford Brookes, SOAS MA Social Work - many & various PGCE (Primary & Secondary Teacher Training) - many & various PG Dip Psychotherapy - Kent PG Dip Mental Health - Southampton PG Dip Speech Therapy - Greenwich Graduate Diploma in Law - College of Law

38 What if I’m still stuck? Make the most of opportunities (planned happenstance) Think about it little and often Make an appointment to speak to a careers adviser

39 How the Careers and Employability Service can help you.

40 What we do Careers Talks and Workshops Careers Library: Employer Directories, Occupational Profiles, Books etc Comprehensive Web Pages Careers Employability Award (CEM) on Moodle Vacancy Database Alumni Careers Network Annual Careers and Recruitment Fair Drop In - Quick Query Careers Guidance Interviews

41 Careers and Employability Service Web Site:

42 Careers and Employability Service Web Pages I want to work in …. What can I do with my degree in Choosing a Career er.htm er.htm Interviews (includes assessment centres and psychometric tests etc.) Example CVs & Covering Letters Employability Skills

43 Careers Employability Award  The module takes about 12 hours to complete  But this can be done at your own pace You do this by completing:  9 quizzes  3 short assignments  1 feedback form

44 Comments from students who have completed the award. “I liked the fact that the assignments relate to how you would fill in answers on a graduate job application step by step and provides examples of how to fill it in.” “I really enjoyed the quizzes. They effectively highlighted the gaps in my knowledge, as many of the answers surprised me. I also found the module on creating my own CV very useful, these skills will be invaluable for tailoring my CV to particular jobs.” “There is a wealth of information about everything; I especially liked the individual information about specific job types and the advice given about interview skills.”

45 Vacancy Database All vacancies sent to the Careers and Employability Service by employers, whether for graduate jobs, sandwich placements or vacation work/internships are entered on this database which offers: Email alerts of new vacancies which may interest you Employers notifying vacancies are often specifically targeting Kent graduates, so competition for jobs is lower than on other vacancy sites

46 Attend Careers Talks and Workshops. A Career in Sales Champions Life Academy The Network CRCC (Asia, China Internship Programme ) (Student Skills and Employability) ents.htm ents.htm

47 Speak to an adviser: Quick query, drop in and speak to an adviser 10.30am -12.30pm and 2.00pm-4pm Monday to Friday. E mail and an adviser will respond to your query. You can also book a longer career guidance appointment over the phone or pop in.

48 Action Points Gain relevant work experience (Work Experience Scheme) Gain relevant research experience (Research Experience Scheme – 2 nd Years!) Gain experience of working with people ‘in receipt of mental health services’ Learn to reflect and to relate even what may seem menial tasks to your learning! Use Social Media in your networking and job search Don’t give up, on average it takes 3 years from graduation to a place on a doctoral course Make use of the Careers and Employability Service

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