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I just completed a degree in industrial and organizational psychology and I have no work experience whatsoever. My question is which route should I take? Do l apply for internships or what?

I am a very hardworking person. I am very keen to learn new things in life.l am very humble and also very creative. #psychology #internship


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CARLA’s Answer

Hello,

Yes, definitely please apply for internships, this is a great way to get acclimated to the
industry of your interest . Shadow those who may have an assignment that helps
build other skills that will compliment your field of psychology.

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Claudia’s Answer

It´s a good idea to take an internship as many employeers ask for some experience.
And also it´s an opportunity to begin as an intern in a company and, if you do a good work, you can apply for a full time job. :)

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Karin’s Answer

Hi, so must employers will require some level of experience to go into I/O roles at a company. You definitely will need to look for internships during your Junior and Senior Years of College. Utilize the career center of your school or university as they should have individuals to help guide you. If you are in college you need to see if you can do an internship for credit potentially while you are in school. You'll want to see what types of roles are most interesting for you and learn about the field. This will also help you land a job. Best wishes!

Karin recommends the following next steps:

Student Membership at the Society for Human Resource Professionals (SHRM) to Network
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Thankyou very much. Thumelo D.

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Amy’s Answer

Hi Thumelo,

It definitely helps to have completed an internships before you apply for a full time job. It shows that you have done some research on a job and that you have confirmed your interest in that specific area. In addition, it will give you a chance to try out the job and decide if it is something that you see yourself doing for a longer period of time. You can google internships or look at job boards to find available positions.

Thanks a lot.will definitely do that Thumelo D.

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Linda’s Answer

Congratulations on getting your degree in psychology. It sounds like you have some great skill sets that will do will in an entry level job. I would apply to many jobs that interest you. From personal experience with raising children I have found out that an internship paid or unpaid is so invaluable to gain experience, confidence and help figure you what you want to do. It is also good to rule out what you do not like. When applying for a job emphasize you are a hard worker, interested in learning, working well with others and being creative/curious goes a long way. I personally have a branding statement I use. TACT - Take Risk - Ask Questions - Show Confidence - Thank Others.

I am also a Psychology major under grad went to work after college at a large Telecommunications company. Loved what I was doing went back to school in the evenings earned a MBA in marketing. Eighteen years later received a certification as a Project Management Professional, PMP and then fifteen years later received another certification. What I trying to show you that a career is a life long learning process.

Good luck on your job search. Make sure you use all your connections, utilize LinkedIn, seminars, and job fairs you will be surprised at all the resources at your disposable.

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