6 August 2020
As a third year psychology student, it is time for me to think about where my degree will take me and what I have to do to get to this next step…
I was lucky enough to complete a 35 hour work placement during summer, thanks to my ‘Psychology in the workplace’ module. During this I worked in the HR department at a counselling charity alongside the human resources (HR) manager. Since then, I have been interested in pursuing a career in HR and I’ve decided from my experiences here that this role would be suited to me.
I have currently been applying for a number of graduate schemes, from national schemes to local schemes set up by small independent businesses. Graduate schemes are great ways to start a career in the particular area you are interested in, and often the first year involves getting a taste for all aspects of the job role. Some of the graduate schemes that I have applied for include working in HR in organisations such as local government, police and the public sector, as well as insurance and property businesses.
It is important to point out that graduate schemes can be really competitive and include many different stages of the application. So far, I have experienced online verbal and numerical testing, online interviews as well as writing cover letters and submitting my CV. Although at first I found all this testing quite daunting, the employability service at ARU has been a massive help when improving my CV and also providing workshops allowing me to improve my interview skills, making it seem a little less overwhelming!
Whilst I have my fingers crossed for the graduate scheme, many other students on my course are taking completely different paths with their psychology degree; some are continuing education and doing their masters, whilst some are applying for research assistant jobs in the hope to become a lab researcher. I think that the best thing about my course is that there are so many routes to take. Psychology is a great choice if you are still unsure what you want to do as it equips you with a range of skills that lead to specific psychology careers such as a clinical or forensic psychologist, as well as other jobs where this degree would be useful, such as marketing, social work, finance, counselling or human resources.