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1 What can you do with a degree in Psychology? The relevance of a liberal education, focused on the social sciences, to the workplace

2 The 1995 APA Survey of 1992 Psychology Baccalaureate Recipients: Grocer and Kohout (1997)

3 What Psychology Majors Actually Do After Graduation

4 What Psychology Majors Do

5 How well do social science majors do in the marketplace? Horn, Zahn & Carroll (2001): Major and Employment Outcomes of 1992–93 Bachelor’s Recipients Who Did Not Enroll in Graduate Education By 1997. NATIONAL CENTER FOR EDUCATION STATISTICS

6 Show me the money!

7 Social science majors compared to math/physical science majors

8 Compared to social work majors

9 Compared to engineering majors

10 GPA Does Matter!

11 Summary of data on major and income: Most psychology majors end up working in business, education and health. After a slow start, psychology majors do well in the marketplace. The advantages of being a business major wear off over time.


13 Determining the skills A panel of government, educational and industry leaders, representing: IBM, Motorola, GTE, General Electric Company, Aetna Life and Casualty, Gregory Forest Products, UAW/Chrysler National Training Center, RJR Nabisco, MCI

14 The Skills Basic skills (ERIC Identifier: ED339749) Reading Writing Mathematics Speaking Listening

15 The Skills Thinking Skills Creative Thinking Problem-Solving Skills Decision Making Skills Visualization Skills

16 The Skills People Skills Social Negotiation Leadership Teamwork Cultural Diversity

17 The Skills Basic skills Reading: Identify relevant details, facts, and specification; locate information in books/manuals, from graphs; find meaning of unknown words; judge accuracy of reports; use computer to find information.

18 The Skills Basic skills: Writing: Write ideas completely and accurately in letters and reports with proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation; check, edit, and revise for accuracy and emphasis, use computer to communicate information.

19 The Skills Basic skills: Mathematics: Use numbers, fractions, and percentages to solve problems; use tables, graphs, diagrams, and charts; use computer to enter, retrieve, change, and communicate numerical information.

20 The Skills Basic skills: Speaking: Organize and communicate ideas clearly; speak clearly; select language, tone of voice, and gestures appropriate to audience

21 The Skills Basic skills: Listening: Listen carefully to what person says, noting tone of voice, and other body language; respond in a way that shows understanding of what is said.

22 The Skills Thinking skills: Creative Thinking: Use imagination freely, combining ideas or information in new ways; make connections between ideas that seem unrelated.

23 The Skills Thinking skills: Problem-Solving Skills: Recognize problem; identify why it is a problem; create and implement a solution; watch to see how well solution works; revise as needed.

24 The Skills Thinking skills: Decision Making Skills: Identify goal; generate alternatives and gather information about them; weigh pros and cons; choose best alternative; plan how to carry out choice.

25 The Skills Thinking skills: Visualization: See a building or object by looking at a blueprint, drawing, or sketch; imagine how a system works by looking at a schematic drawing.

26 The Skills People skills: Social: Show understanding, friendliness, and respect for feelings; assert oneself when appropriate; take an interest in what people say and why they think and act as they do.

27 The Skills People skills: Negotiation: Identify common goals among different parties in conflict; clearly present the facts and arguments of your position; listen to and understand other party's position; create possible ways to resolve conflict; make reasonable compromises.

28 The Skills People skills: Leadership: Communicate thoughts and feelings to justify a position; encourage or convince others; make positive use of rules or values; demonstrate ability to have others believe in and trust you because of your competence and honesty.

29 The Skills People skills: Teamwork: Work cooperatively with others; contribute to group with ideas and effort; do own share of work; encourage team members; resolve differences for the benefit of the team; responsibly challenge existing procedures, policies, or authorities.

30 The Skills People skills: Cultural Diversity: Work well with people having different ethnic, social, or educational backgrounds; understand the concerns of members of other ethnic and gender groups; base impressions on behavior, not stereotypes; understand one's own culture, others’ and how they differ; respectfully help people make cultural adjustments when necessary.

31 How can you get these skills? Liberal education specializing in the quantitative social sciences! Especially by taking this course!

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