ERIC Number: ED225470
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Increasing the Employability of the Undergraduate Psychology Major.
Matthews, Janet R.
Suggestions for improving the employability of bachelor's-level psychology graduates are offered, based in part on practices at Creighton University, Nebraska. One approach is to provide training in specific skills useful in the employment setting, including: biofeedback training; independent study in computer work and a psychology field; practicums with human services agencies; colloquiums that include occupational information and career workshops; information on postgraduate demands in psychology and related disciplines; and videotaping of simulated job interviews between students and faculty. At Creighton, new psychology majors receive brochures covering the program, future study, and employment. A source of information for the brochures was a survey of psychology graduates, which found that about 41 percent of the psychology department's graduates entered the job market immediately following graduation. In addition, Creighton's formal advising system, counseling center, and career development course offered within the psychology department provide career information. In this course, students complete the Self-Directed Search (Holland, 1974) and the System for Career Decision-Making (Harrington and O'Shea, 1980) and conduct an in-depth investigation of a career. Speeches on postgraduate study by psychologists in the field and student practice in simulated job interviews are also included in the course. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Creighton University NE
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association (April 1982).