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1 Where do Psychologists Fit?

2 Abstract The goal of this workshop is to educate graduate and undergraduate students about the diverse career opportunities that a degree in psychology can lead to, and share tips for a successful career. Advice on enriching a CV and preparing for job applications will be offered. Presenters will outline the different domains where psychologists are active (academic, research, clinical, education, management, military, international organizations) and explore job opportunities in each area. A panel of psychologists from academia, clinical work, applied psychology and management, as well as various specializations such as education, forensics and international organizations will join in the discussion. The panel will share their career path and advice on ensuring a successful and fulfilling career in psychology. They will also answer questions from the audience. Issues discussed will include: getting ready for a career in a particular domain; facts and myths about psychologists in a particular area, as well as resources and networking. The workshop is meant to be an educational one; nevertheless we will strongly encourage discussion and questions from the audience.

3 Outline Panel of experts Putting together a tool box Psychology and International relief Choosing a path Academic route Clinical work Consulting and industry Social, Corrections, I/O, Clinical (Geriatrics), and Neuropsychology

4 Dr. P. Hausdorf  I/O Psychology PhD Human resources Management/Labour Relations, McMaster U. Dr. L. Sinclair  Academia/Social Psychology PhD. Social Psychology University of Waterloo Dr. D. Cotton  Corrections; Clinical Psychology; Neuropsychology Ph.D. Psychology, Queen's University Dr. C. Mackenzie  Research & Academic, Clinical psychology (geriatric population), Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Queen’s University Dr. J. Mills  millsJF@ Correctional services; Consulting and Private Practice Ph.D. Psychology, Carleton University

5 Tool Box for Psychologists-to-be Collaboration and Networking – Take advantage of opportunities brought to you by your peers and supervisors – Get involved in professional organizations, student government and interest groups – Take opportunities to meet and discuss ideas with individuals who are active in the domains that you are interested in

6 Tool Box for Psychologists-to-be Be a good departmental citizen Accept that you don’t know everything, and that you have a lot to learn Solicit advice from mentors Get involved in others research is possible Learn to be political at times Be flexible with your plans, ideas and interests

7 International opportunities for Clinical Psychologists  Doctors Without Borders (MSF)  Médecins du Monde  Canadian Red Cross  Canadian International Development Agency  United Nations

8 Basic Requirements for employment  Availability  Team work  Flexibility  Stress management abilities  Knowledge of two or more languages  Prior experience in developing countries and trauma relief

9 Specific requirements for employment  A Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from a recognized University  2 years of post qualification experience  Prior experience in PTSD, trauma, or other related fields  Prior experience in psycho-education, training, supervising and managing others

10 Things to Expect  In addition, field workers need to be prepared to work in environments that are: Insecure –Thus limiting individual freedoms in terms of movement and local interactions; Unfamiliar – Therefore requiring open mindedness from field workers; Stressful –Which may affect your motivation to continue to work; Isolated –In that you have to put your personal life on hold for up to a year;

11 Get the word out!  Form an interest group in International Psychology at your University;  Advocate for the role of psychologists abroad;  Encourage the accreditation of international practicum and internship placements;  Invite speakers to give a talk on international topics for your Department;  More resources are presented at the end of the presentation

12 Key Points from the Panel Persistence, persistence, PERSISTANCE! You will receive many more rejection letters than acceptance letters. Don’t let them discourage you, instead focus on your achievements and let those lead the way! Be a good departmental citizen Be involved, ask for help and offer help to your colleagues! Approach individuals who inspire you, and ask them questions: “Let me buy you a coffee! Let’s talk!” – Dr. Mills Do not take on more projects than you can handle Time management is priceless: ask your supervisor “when do you need this by?”, and schedule in specific reading and times.

13 Additional Resources  International and Relief Psychology       Careers in psychology  Davis S.F., Giordano, P.J., & Licht, C.A. (2009) Your Career in Psychology, Wiley-Balckwell, Oxford.  Sternberg, R.J. (2007) Career Paths in Psychology: Where your degree can take you (2 nd ed). American Psychological Association, Washington D.C.

14 Thank you and good luck! Contact: rana.pishva @

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