Title

Reoccurring Themes Among WOU Psychology Graduates: Uncertainty and Relationships that Influence Decision Making

Date

6-1-2017 8:30 AM

End Time

1-6-2017 10:30 AM

Location

WUC Pacific Room

Department

Behavioral Sciences

Session Chair

Jaime Cloud

Session Title

Behavioral Sciences poster Session

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Chehalis Strapp

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

Many psychology programs are developing approaches to facilitate student career exploration. Alumni are a valuable resource for providing information about jobs, graduate school, and for countering the myth that “you can’t get a job with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.” This presentation describes a project designed to connect current psychology undergraduates with alumni from the same program. Purposive sampling was used to recruit diverse alumni following different career paths (i.e., graduate school or straight to work). Trained undergraduate research assistants conducted semi-structured interviews with alumni. Interviews were audio-taped, transcribed, checked for reliability, and then coded and analyzed using the consensual qualitative research (CQR) model (Hill, Thompson, Williams, 1997). Researchers explored the ideas that emerged when alumni reflected on their ending time as an undergraduate psychology major, specifically, how alumni chose to attend graduate school or get a job immediately following graduation. Themes included uncertainty about next steps, relationships that influenced decision making, and willingness to explore different options.

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Reoccurring Themes Among WOU Psychology Graduates: Uncertainty and Relationships that Influence Decision Making

WUC Pacific Room

Many psychology programs are developing approaches to facilitate student career exploration. Alumni are a valuable resource for providing information about jobs, graduate school, and for countering the myth that “you can’t get a job with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.” This presentation describes a project designed to connect current psychology undergraduates with alumni from the same program. Purposive sampling was used to recruit diverse alumni following different career paths (i.e., graduate school or straight to work). Trained undergraduate research assistants conducted semi-structured interviews with alumni. Interviews were audio-taped, transcribed, checked for reliability, and then coded and analyzed using the consensual qualitative research (CQR) model (Hill, Thompson, Williams, 1997). Researchers explored the ideas that emerged when alumni reflected on their ending time as an undergraduate psychology major, specifically, how alumni chose to attend graduate school or get a job immediately following graduation. Themes included uncertainty about next steps, relationships that influenced decision making, and willingness to explore different options.