Remember that there are thousands of graduates with Psychology majors every year, and you need to find ways to set yourself apart. Here are some suggestions:
- Strive to achieve academic success – This goes without saying, but here are some tips to actually do it.
- Develop relationships with your professors – Ask thoughtful questions in class, go to their office hours, and make yourself memorable (in a good way!). Positive recommendation letters from faculty can go a long way!
- Study abroad – In addition to having a fabulous experience, you can practice your skills in foreign language and show people that you’re open to new experiences.
- Participate in the honors program – Show people that you’re willing to do more than the bare minimum with respect to coursework.
- Participate in a club – Don’t just join a club, get involved! Become a leader or active member so that you can later explain what your roles/activities were (the Psychology club is a great option!).
- Complete a research project – If you’re at all interested in applying to graduate school, this is the single best thing that you can do to prepare for it — the earlier the better! To get involved, contact a faculty member individually.
- Complete an internship – You can earn course credit in Psychology and gain field experience at the same time. Many internships also lead to careers after graduation!
- Volunteer – If you’re not quite ready for an internship, try volunteering in the community. Even if it’s just 5 hours per month, you’ll be gaining experience and letting your supervisors know that you’re a responsible and dedicated person who would later make an outstanding intern/employee.
- Learn to market yourself – There are tons of available classes in career exploration that will instruct you in how to create a resume, search for jobs, and have a successful interview. Upper-level students should try Career Development (earn credit for both INCO and WECO!) or Professional Employment (WECO).