Your major is just the beginning...

Your major helps you develop knowledge, skills and abilities that employers seek.

To identify additional skills and abilities you have developed through your coursework, activities and work, consider using the reflection worksheets (accessible via B.hired > Resources) and/or Type Focus (accessible via B.hired > Resources).

To build your resume, please review Hiatt's sample resumes.

Internships

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The Brandeis Internship Exchange is a convenient online tool to find and share internship opportunities.

Just log on with your UNET ID and use the advanced search to search internships by major.

Psychology

Overview
First Destination Data
Alumni Career Paths
Internships
What to do with a degree in Psychology
Psychology Web Sites
Graduate School Information

Overview 

The Psychology Department at Brandeis emphasizes a rigorous, scientific approach to the understanding of human behavior. The program examines the most up-to-date and comprehensive psychological research and theory, and provides opportunities for direct involvement in psychological research and application.

The main objective of the Psychology major is to help you develop a solid background in the scientific method and a strong foundation in the fundamentals of psychology, which will prepare you to be thoughtful, analytic and discerning problem solvers. The features of the undergraduate program also make you especially attractive to employers in the mental health and business professions. Given the broad training in quantitative and research skills that you will get, you may consider a wide range of professional areas including marketing and consulting, government and public policy and social and mental health services. You may also choose to go on to graduate school in law, business, medicine, public health, speech pathology or social work, as well as psychology.

First Destination Data

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. Click here to download a sortable spreadsheet listing the first destination graduate programs and employment opportunities that Psychology alumni from the classes of 2008-2012 secured within six months of graduation.

The diverse list is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a Psychology major at Brandeis.

Psychology Alumni

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. The list represents a wide array of professions, which is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a Psychology major at Brandeis.

Year
Company
Title
Industry
2007 Lifespan/Rhode Island Hospital Clinical Research Assistant Scientific Research
1987 Mooseheart Child City and School Psychologist Health Care
2007 Germaine Lawrence Inc. Residential Counselor Counseling and Social Services
2001 Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Development Associate Non-Profit
1988 Cohen and Wolf Attorney Legal Services
1999 Temple Shaaray Tefila Assistant Rabbi  Religion
2007 St. Louis University Medical School Student Health Care
2000 Arnold Worldwide Assistant Media Planner Media and Entertainment
1982 Self employed Psychologist Counseling and Social Services
2007 Susquehanna International Group HR Associate Human Resources and Recruiting
1997 Self employed Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon Health Care
1969 Center for Organization Research Investigator Leadership and Management Research
2006 Bloomberg Finance Training Program Financial Services
2004 Jane Street Capital Operations Finance and Banking
2003 CBS News Production Coordinator Media and Entertainment
2000 National Museum of Contemporary Art International Art Historian Museum and Library
1999 ABT Associates Inc Market Research Consultant Consulting
1977 J & J Technical Writer Health Care
2005 The City of New York Press Secretary Government
1968 Xerox Corporation Human Factors Specialist Consumer and Industrial Products
1994 Executive Coaching President, Leading Principles Inc. Organizational Development

Internships 

In addition to you coursework, internships can be extremely beneficial as you develop academic and professional skills.  The Brandeis Internship Exchange is an easy and convenient online tool for you to find and share real internship opportunities.  Just log on with your UNET ID and use the advanced search to identify majors' internships.

What to Do with a Degree in Psychology (.pdf)

  Psychology Web Sites

 

Graduate School Information and Resources

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Skills, Abilities & Knowledge

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Your program of study at Brandeis University provides both field-specific knowledge and a broad range of transferable skills, abilities and knowledge that are sought after by all employers in all fields and enhance your experience and success in the world of work. To identify additional skills and abilities you have developed through coursework, activities and work, take TypeFocus.

Skills and Abilities1

  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Knowledge

  • Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods
  • Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  • Quantitative and research skills, rigorous training in the scientific method—thorough, objective research, analyze data logically, and put forth the findings with clarity.

1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development


Sample of Possible Occupations

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Crisis Intervention Counselor
International Student Advisor
Admissions Evaluator
Customer Service Representative
Job Developer
Advertising Assistant
Customs/Immigration Officer
Junior Market Analyst
Account Executive
Employment Agency Counselor
Labor Relations Specialist
Community and Social Service Worker
Food and Beverage Assistant Manager
Market Research Analyst
Case Worker
Marketing/Sales Manager
Community Relations Representative 
Hospice Coordinator
Media Buyer

School Psychologist

Clinical Psychologist

Research Assistant

Account Manager

Architect

Organizational Consultant

Compensation Analyst

Management Consultant

Human Resources Director

Procurement Specialist

Elementary School English Teacher

Research Scientist

Copywriter
Hotel Event Management
Media Planner
Corporate Merchandising
Human Resources
Mental Health Coordinator
Corrections Officer
Public Opinion Surveyor
Personnel Assistant
Correctional Caseworker
Public Relations Assist.
Personnel Interviewer
Recreation Specialist
Statistician Assistant
Probation Officer
Teacher
Professional Employment Recruiter
Social Service Professional Staff
Television/Media Research
Youth Corrections Officer 

1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development

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