I’m pursuing a degree in Psychology with minors in Spanish and International Business. What kind of careers can I find that utilize these skills?
Hi Kayla –
To paraphrase the immortal words of Dr. Seuss – “Oh the places you can go!”
The good news is that you have a lot of options! Your degree is not preparing you to do one specific thing in the same way an engineering degree prepares you to be an engineer, an architecture degree prepares you to be an architect or a social work degree prepares you for a career in social work.
The bad news is that you have a lot of options! That is, there is no clear linear career path that all Psychology majors follow, nor are there specific paths for those who study Spanish or International Business.
So – what’s a girl to do? Explore – Be Curious – Ask Questions – Test Drive Careers – Connect the Dots!
Use your entire educational experience and all of the resources at your disposal to explore your options.
The staff at your University’s Career Center will be able to help you with your exploration. They even have an online resources called “What Can I Do With This Major?” which includes specific information on careers for Psychology majors.
Use LinkedIn to keyword search for UW-LaCrosse alumni who majored in Psychology. You will find a wide variety of people in a broad spectrum of career areas at various stages in their careers; each offering a different career path with different stops along the way.
Use your coursework to explore careers. In your Psychology, Spanish, Business and general education courses, you will be required to do research projects. How can you complete these assignments and learn something about potential career areas? When ever you have a choice about the research you will do, choose in a way that will allow you to complete the assignment and explore your career options.
Exploration requires some degree of curiosity. Anytime you see someone who really enjoys their job, try to find out and understand why. Anytime you see a job and think “that might be fun” or “I’d love to do that,” try to figure out why you think it would be fun and what about it is so appealing to you. Recognizing that a career path might interest you is great! If you take the time to find out why, you will start unlocking a world of possibilities
When you find careers you would like to consider, get some first hand advice! Ask people doing the jobs that interest you about their experiences. Ask them what they like and don’t like about their jobs. Ask for their advice on your career. Do as many informational interviews as you can. Want to know what a job is really like? Go straight to the horse’s mouth!
Test Drive Careers
Do internships – as many as you can! Learn from each one and use what you learn to decide what internship to do next. build upon your experience.
Volunteer. Many volunteer opportunities also the chance to explore careers, get experience and develop skills.
Get a part-time job. The more workplace experience you have, the more valuable you will be to future employers.
Connect the Dots
Process every experience, every bit of advice and information, and every contact you make to see what they tell you about yourself and your options.
What does all of this information tell you about your likes and dislikes; skills, gifts and talents; industry preferences; work style and workplace preferences?
Connect the dots between what you are doing in the classroom and what you are doing outside the classroom and you will begin to reveal of picture of what you might do when you graduate.
As you do all of this, take full advantage of the career services, on-campus interviewing opportunities, job and internship databases, career fairs and other events and resources provided by your university. The career services team is there to help you. They won’t tell you what you should do, but they will help you identify what you can do and take steps toward getting there.
Oh, the places you can go! Just remember, the journey to where you might go begins with a first step. So, take that step and . . .
Explore – Be Curious – Ask Questions – Test Drive Careers- Connect the Dots – and discover what you might do next.
PS – You might also want to read a couple of my earlier posts. You may find them helpful: