Hello and WELCOME to PsychAssist. One of our most popular articles (and most popular YouTube video) is the 6 jobs for a psychology graduate straight out of University. This article has helped tens of thousands of psychology graduate find their way in this career path. However, there were many that would ask us, “but what if I don’t want to do anything clinical? What can I do then?” This is why we thought we’d write this article, to give those who want to follow a different path, but still using their psychology degree.
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Ok, so I know that this is the most common avenue for Psychology Graduates who don’t wish to pursue any form of clinical work, but it’s the most practical avenue also. Just think about it, we are trained to understand the human mind and people’s behaviours. This is a marketing companies dream as the whole point of marketing is to influence as many people of possible to buy your product. We previously wrote an article called Why Psychologists Should Be Millionaires which outlined this especially in a world where there’s a lot of noise and competition to attract people’s attention. A Psychology Graduate could easily utilise their training to really progress in this area.
PsychAssist Tip: Start thinking how different theories could apply to marketing for example; The Social Learning Theory could really help give you a theoretical basis if you were advertising a product to teenagers. This is the sort of things you could be bringing to a marketing company.
“….plus the Dr title isn’t half bad as well!”
The next “non-clinical” route you could take could be to complete a PhD in a particular area. Now, we haven’t met anyone who has completed a psychology degree who hasn’t found at least one topic or area that they’ve been interested in (you would have probably dropped out a long time ago!). This is partially why Psychology undergraduate degrees can be very generic and broad. It’s to allow students to gain a taste of each topic area to see what peaks your interest. The higher up you go in academia, the more specific and narrow your area gets (you go an inch wide and a mile deep!). This is why you might speak to a PhD student about their area of research and it will be something so specific that half the time you haven’t ever heard of it. There could be something that you’re interested in from your undergraduate degree that you would like to explore further which could form the basis of your PhD research (plus the Dr title isn’t half bad as well!).
PsychAssist Tip: Get in contact with some of your old academic supervisors with an idea within a specific area of research. They’ll probably ask you to write up a rationale for the research to see if it’s feasible for a PhD. You could always google paid PhD’s if you’re struggling for finances or ideas. Plus, there is always the new Doctoral Loan which could cover your finances for the PhD.
“..Love what you do, so do what you love”
Build A Brand
This final point is for those that are more creative and entrepreneurial. In this new digital age, there are more opportunities to build the life that you want. This could be achieved by building a brand, whether that’s personal or for your own company. This aspect utilises all the skills learnt within a psychology degree as building this would consist of conducting extensive research into what’s currently working within and also outside of your business. You could also use your understanding of human behaviour to predict what your next move should be and also what products a certain demographic would be more likely to purchase. Finally, as psychology graduates, we are taught how to reflect which would really help you in building a brand as you will be able to look back and critique your progress and if there is anything that you need to change. All of these skills are perfect for building your own brand and building the life that you want to live. Just like my dad used to always say “Love what you do, so do what you love”.
PsychAssist Tip: Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. We had no idea what we were doing when we first started PsychAssist as no one else was doing this so we didn’t have a blueprint to work from. However, it’s because we stepped out of our comfort zone that we are now in a position where opportunities are flying towards us. This could easily happen for you too if you’re willing to work hard and be persistent. If you’re doing what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life!
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