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Whether you want to begin your career search by applicable major, a growing field, or personal interest, there are a number of resources available to help you get started. Several of the resources below for job hunting assume that you are obtaining a bachelor's degree or have one already. Something else which is helpful to consider: if you have a double major, minor, or subplan, take a look at other areas on the Career Center website which can direct you to other resources available through those majors. Having skillsets in other areas can prove very valuable when applying for a job requiring certain skills, such as if you are a Spanish minor and you will be working an an ESL teacher, or you have a double major in chemistry and hope to do scientific research in a lab.
Careers for Psychology Majors
Many of the jobs listed are in the mental health sector, but there are also plenty of jobs open to psychology majors in fields like research, marketing, HR, law and justice, and teaching.
PsycCareers (Primarily for students who have APA membership)
Michigan College Advising Corps (Application usually opens in January or February)
Teach For America (Application usually opens around August; several deadlines in place)
City Year (Application usually opens around September; several deadlines in place)
Americorps VISTA (Application times vary; many areas of interest)
University of Michigan Careers (Search by career interest, campus, and work time)
Networking with Recruiters
One of the standard first steps toward getting an interview or job on campus is to participate in a career fair. The Career Center and the Psychology Department offer yearly career and research connection fairs where you will meet representatives from companies and research labs looking to hire students.
Job Search Materials
- Psychology Career Fair, Monday 10/10/16 from 1-3:30 in East Hall Psychology Atrium. Want to explore what you can do with a Psych degree? Meet alumni, graduate programs, and employers.
- Psychology Research Connections Fair, Monday 3/23/17 from 2:00-3:30 in East Hall Psychology Atrium.
Learn more about current research done in the Psych Department, inquire about research opportunities and connect with faculty. This open house event will allow students to personally interact with faculty and grad students to learn more about the Psychology Department.
Here, you will speak with recruiters and representatives about the programs, internships, and jobs they are offering.
- How to talk with recruiters (UM Career Center)
- Tips for Talking with an On Campus Recruiter (Central Piedmont Community College)
Following up after career fair/interview:
Networking Using Social Media and UM Communities
How to Network on LinkedIn:
- Tip Sheet on Networking with LinkedIn
- Dos and Don'ts of LinkedIn
- How-To Videos and Tip Sheets for LinkedIn
- How to use the LinkedIn Alumni Tool
- LinkedIn Jobs
Here are some examples of possible groups on LinkedIn to join and network within for Michigan Psychology students: