Which of these skills have your courses and experiences helped you develop?
Generally speaking, there are three sets of skills that make a psychology major employable.
- First, your general liberal arts skills such as critical thinking,
reading, writing, and analyzing are useful in a wide range of
- Second, psychology majors have learned how to do research on
people. These research skills are unique to psychology majors and are
one reason that employers may want to hire psychology majors.
- Third, psychology majors learn a core set of knowledge about how and
why people think, feel, and behave: this knowledge (based in research)
is useful in many people-centered jobs.
Good advice from the Forbes article,
"The good news for grads: No matter what you have studied in school,
whether anthropology or French or computer science, you will have had to
learn the top five skills on the list. The trick is to demonstrate that
you have those skills through your cover letter, résumé and interview.
Think about class projects where you have been a team member or leader
and jobs where you have had to plan and prioritize. Describe those
skills specifically in your résumé and cover letter and in your job