1. Education

I asked you to share your experience working in psychology and reader LSK left some great insight on teaching psychology as a career:

Psychology Career Advice
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"I teach psychology at the community college level and love it. A master's degree is the minimum requirement, but one is more competitive with a doctorate. With the present economic climate, entering the study of psychology with the intention of teaching in higher education should be considered carefully. While the job market is tough right now, it should improve in a few years.

Some general advice from my been there, done that, could have done it a lot better perspective:

  • Plan on doing plenty of research during the undergraduate and graduate years to help build a solid CV as well as an area of specialty.

  • Take advantage of regional and national psychological associations by presenting at them.

  • Build strong relationships with one or more psychology professor mentors as they often have the inside track on opportunities.

  • Keep that undergraduate GPA as high as possible. If do you poorly in a core psychology course, retake it for a better grade. Admission to good graduate schools in psychology is fiercely competitive, and a marginal GPA can be a dealbreaker when choices are made among several excellent candidates.

I hope these bits of insight have been helpful."

Are you a psychologist or do you work in some type of psychology-related field? If someone thinking of entering the field of psychology asked you for advice, what would you say? If you have some words of wisdom for students thinking of entering this profession, please share it with our readers and read what others have to say.

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