PSY 496 WEEK 4,
Week 4 – Assignment
Careers in Psychology
This assignment has two major sections. However, you will be creating a single document for submission.
In Section I, you will read the case scenarios of three adults who are about to complete their bachelor’s degree in psychology and provide responses based on your reading and research to address the concerns in the scenarios.
In Section II, you will evaluate yourself and rate your own credentials in terms of your readiness for the next step after obtaining your bachelor’s degree, should you be interested in pursuing your education further.
Please label the sections as Section I and Section II in your document.
Use the information presented in Chapter 8 of your course text as well as the required websites to assist you in addressing the scenarios. You will also need to do some additional research. Recommended websites are provided and you will find useful information on the websites of graduate programs in psychology and other mental health-related fields.
Denise has decided she wants to counsel children and adolescents. She has a modest amount of interest in reading research findings that are relevant to counseling children and youth. She has little interest in conducting research. She is exploring the following options for her degree after her bachelor’s degree:
Master of Arts/ Master of Science in Clinical Psychology
Master of Arts/ Master of Science in Counseling Psychology
Master of Education in Counseling Psychology
Master of Social Work
Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling
Master of Science in Counseling.
Research the programs Denise is considering and list at least two pros and cons for each option.
Raul always thought he wanted to be a clinical or counseling psychologist until he did some volunteer work in a psychiatric clinic and interviewed several psychologists and counselors. Now, as a senior who is months away from graduation, Raul is trying to decide what his next academic and career steps should be. He has a moderate interest in research but does not care much for writing papers. He could see himself teaching, if necessary, but it is not his passion. He already has a wife and two children, so earning potential is important to him.
What advice would you give Raul based on the information from this week’s resources?
After many years in the corporate world, John was let go from his company due to down-sizing. He is interested in integrating what he learned in business with psychology. He believes that Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology might be a good fit for him.
What types of graduate options are available for John?
How competitive are graduate programs in I/O psychology?
What does he need to do to make sure he is competitive enough to be accepted into a graduate program?
For this section, copy and paste the information from Table 8.4 in your text and then rate yourself for each of the items. Be sure to include an explanation for each at the bottom of the individual sections. See the document with the information attached here. ( Section II )
Writing Careers in Psychology
Must be at least three to four double-spaced pages in length (excluding title and reference pages), and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Must include a separate title page with the following:
Title of paper
Course name and number
Must include all the information listed in Section I of the prompt as well as the copied information from the Section II document.
Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Must include a separate reference page that lists any cited sources and is formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.
Read Chapter 8 in your course text and review the subfields listed in Table 8.3. Locate an additional outside source that lists subfields in psychology or a related field that includes one or more subfields not listed in Table 8.3. Cite the additional source according to APA guidelines in your initial post:
• Which three subfields in psychology that most interest you?
• What personal characteristics (knowledge, skills, abilities) do you possess that might make these areas a good fit for you?
• Which three subfields interest you the least?
• If you were challenged with creating a new subfield, what would be the name of your subfield and what would it consist of?
Guided Response: Review several of your classmates’ posts. Provide a substantive response to at least two of your peers. What subfields did they discuss that are of interest to you? Comment on the new subfield they proposed and provide at least one practical problem that might be solved as a result of work done in their proposed subfield.
Identify the next step in your academic and/or professional career after graduation. Whether applying to a graduate or professional school or for employment, it is common that applicants are asked to write personal statements. Unfortunately, some applicants have developed habits frowned upon by admissions committees and potential employers (e.g., divulging personal or sensitive information about problems or crises).
• Consider the prompt: Tell us about yourself and why you are interested in a position in our graduate program (or organization).
• Review the advice in section 8.4 in your text and write a two-paragraph answer to the prompt. Your response should be of the quality to be submitted with an actual application.
Guided Response: Review several of your classmates’ posts. Provide a substantive response to at least two of your peers. Analyze their personal statements in accordance with the guidelines in Section 8.4 of the course text. What feedback do you have for your peers?
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