Because one degree is never enough! Always the overachievers, Psychology students heart academia. Nearly 25%* of psych grads go on to get that coveted MSc.
However, with most Masters degrees being self-funded, many of these gluttons for punishment choose to work at the same time. Hats off to you who can face more stats after well... stats.
2. Make Money
The student loan debt struggle is real and the sometimes the only way to keep your head above water is to get a job. Any job you can. Around 65% of psych grads go straight into employment in their first 6 months after graduation.
As much as everyone would love to land straight into a psychology-based job, it’s highly unlikely. About 17%* of Psychology degree holders end up working in the service industry. And let’s get real, we all know that bartenders make excellent therapists.
Say “sayonara” to your dissertation and then put those epic foreign language skills to good use. After 15 years in education, you need a break. But that break doesn’t have to mean spending months horizontal on a beach drinking out of a bucket.
Use the skills you gained to do some good work abroad. Make sure you research the organisation you go with and make sure you’re not contributing to the “voluntourism” problem. Our Mental Health Placements are designed contribute the local communities where we work in ways that benefit countries long term.
If you’re part of the 5%* of Psychology graduates with a serious case of itchy feet, why not cool your heels in the ocean at the same time as improving your CV?
We hate to sound like a broken record, but volunteering, whether in your own community or abroad, is never going to be something you regret. Having just spent 3-4 years of your life packing your brains full of theoretical knowledge, isn’t it time to put it into practice?
Roughly 5%* of recent Psychology grads took time out before starting work to give back. From your local befriending service and suicide prevention hotlines to helping in underprivileged communities across the globe, this is an awesome way to occupy some of that time, which until recently, you’ve been spending in lectures.
Donating your skills and time teaches you how to apply your knowledge in a way that can directly impact someone else and nothing feels better than that. Our Mental Health Placements specialise in bolstering the resources allocated to mental health services in countries that need a bit of extra support. Travel and expand your knowledge? It’s possible.
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That’s right, all that time at university inspires about 17%* of Psychology grads to flip the script and get behind that lectern themselves. Why not?
If you had a particularly inspiring tutor, the allure to help mould young minds seems like a pretty legit career option.
*Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency