Chapter 5. Using Your Bachelor's Degree

Preparing for the Job Market

  1. Dr. Jeffrey L. Helms Associate Professor specialist psychologist member and
  2. Dr. Daniel T. Rogers Assistant Professor psychologist member

Published Online: 28 JUN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320718.ch5

Majoring in Psychology: Achieving Your Educational and Career Goals

Majoring in Psychology: Achieving Your Educational and Career Goals

How to Cite

Helms, J. L. and Rogers, D. T. (2010) Using Your Bachelor's Degree, in Majoring in Psychology: Achieving Your Educational and Career Goals, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320718.ch5

Author Information

  1. Kennesaw State University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 JUN 2010
  2. Published Print: 16 JUL 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405190640

Online ISBN: 9781444320718



  • using your bachelor's degree - preparation for job market;
  • work settings of recent graduates;
  • entry-level positions - with a psychology degree;
  • employers, seeking particular skills and attributes in applicants;
  • communication skills - verbal and written;
  • strong work ethic-class attendance - through punctuality and time consciousness;
  • teamwork skills and working with others - skills developed inside course and outside coursework;
  • interpersonal skills - ranking fifth;
  • job skills - that employers interviewing psychology majors often value;
  • practicing interview questions


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Work Settings of Recent Graduates

  • What Employers Want from Applicants for Entry-level Positions (How to Develop What Employers Want)

  • Finding Entry-Level Positions

  • Preparing Job Application Materials: Job Applications, Résumés, and Cover Letters

  • Preparing for and Completing Job Interviews and Considering Offers

  • Suggested Exercises

  • References

  • Resources