Exploring How Undergraduate Psychology Majors Seek Information and Experiences for Career Preparation

Ilyssa Salomon, Andrea M. Pals, Taylor Elsey, Jonathan M. Golding, Elizabeth A. Sheehan

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Abstract

Background: American Psychological Association Guidelines for Undergraduate Education (2013) encourage workforce preparation among undergraduate students, and the field of psychology has implemented this recommendation in various ways. Objective: The present study investigated what sources undergraduate psychology students use to find information about and experiences they seek in preparation for their future careers, and what characteristics are associated with this process. Method: Undergraduate participants (N = 354) described the number and type of sources from which they sought information and experiences on careers, and also provided demographic information (e.g., academic achievement). Results: Participants primarily used the Internet, advice from friends/family, and a career orientation course to find information, with higher academic achievement predicting the use of more sources. They sought a variety of experiences to enhance career opportunities (e.g., volunteering), with academic achievement and class standing as positive predictors of seeking more of such experiences. Conclusion: To maximize students’ success, psychology departments should show students everything that the department and university have to offer by way of career information and preparation. Implications: Departments should encourage students to use resources within the psychology department, include career information in orientation courses, in addition to regularly encouraging familiarity with on campus career centers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-80
Number of pages10
JournalTeaching of Psychology
Volume51
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2024

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Keywords

  • career experience
  • career information
  • career preparation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Psychology

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