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As a psychology graduate you will be equipped with a range of subject-specific and transferable skills that are highly valued by employers enabling you to enter a wide range of careers. 

Nationally, the most popular job areas psychology graduates enter are: childcare, health and education (16.2%), legal, social and welfare professions (14%), business, HR and finance (8.4%), education professionals, marketing, PR and sales (5.9%) Source: HECSU - What do Graduates do 2017/8

 

What skills will I gain during my degree?

In addition to your subject specific knowledge, your psychology degree will equip you with a range of transferable skills including:

  • written, verbal and visual communication skills
  • the ability to offer and receive constructive criticism
  • understanding human behaviour
  • handling data and statistics
  • proficiency with using information technology
  • problem solving
  • project management
 
 

How can I develop my skills and gain experience during my degree?

Due to the range of career options and sectors open to you, it is important to consider your options early on in your course and look for opportunities to gain relevant experience and skills.  As well as improving your CV, gaining experience can also help you to make choices about your future career.

Work experience

Depending on what area of work or role you might be interested in, and where, there will be specific strategies, from speculative applications to formal processes you need to be familiar with.

Work experience - what, how and when

Nottingham Internship Scheme

We work closely with a huge variety of local and national businesses to bring you an exciting range of internship opportunities, for both current students and recent graduates

Nottingham Internship Scheme

Volunteering

There are lots of opportunities to volunteer locally through the Students' Union's Student Volunteer Centre and volunteering centres in the city and beyond.

Where to look for volunteer opportunities

Nottingham Advantage Award

The Nottingham Advantage Award offers interesting extracurricular modules to develop your employability. With over more than 200 modules across our three campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia, you're bound to find modules that appeal, 

There a number of modules specifically for you including Psychology Internships, Engaging the Public With Psychology and Career Skills for Psychology Students.

Nottingham Advantage Award

Students' Union

Get involved in a society or sports club whether you are a team member, treasurer or marketing officer, you'll gain valuable skills and experiences that employers will love!

Students' Union

Students in Classrooms

There are three initiatives which will give you the opportunity to work in a local educational setting.  These initiatives support the academic attainment and raise the aspirations of primary and secondary pupils, whilst developing the skills and employability of those involved. 

These are excellent opportunities for students considering teaching, youth work or community engagement as a career.

Students in Classrooms

Exclusive to School of Psychology students

Browse the school's pages for information on study abroad options, summer internships within the school and outreach opportunities.

School of Psychology

Part-time work

You could build your communication, commercial awareness, problem- solving and teamwork skills through part-time jobs. Unitemps is our recruitment service for part-time and temporary work on campus and in the local area.

Find out about part-time jobs

 
 

What are the range of careers I can enter?

Psychology graduates enter a diverse range of occupations and further study.  About 20% of UK psychology graduates become chartered psychologists progressing in fields such as clinical, forensic, educational and occupational psychology. Take a look at the BPS and Careers in Psychology websites.

If you are interested in a professional psychology career it is really important to gain substantial paid or voluntary work experience with the client group you are interested in working with.

Psychology graduates often use their skills to help others within roles such as community work, counselling and advice work, mental health work, research or teaching.  

As an alternative to clinical psychology graduates could also investigate careers such as Psychological Well-being Practitioner or High Intensity Therapist, both of these roles are based within NHS IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapy) services. 

Some graduates progress to more business related jobs such as marketing, PR and advertising, human resources (HR), consultancy, finance and retail management.

 
 

Destinations of Nottingham psychology students. Includes case study from UoN alumna

In 2017 96.2% of psychology graduates were employed or in further study six months after graduation. Here are some examples of the graduate employment destinations.

Business, HR and finance

  • Accountant
  • Graduate Trainee – Finance
  • HR Adviser
  • Recruiter
  • Recruitment Analyst

Childcare, Health and Education

  • Assistant psychologist
  • Healthcare Assistant
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Psychology Trainee
  • Teacher
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Therapy Assistant

Legal, social and welfare professions

  • Civil Servant
  • Paralegal
  • Police Officer
  • Researcher
  • Support Worker
  • Welfare and Equal Opportunities Officer

Marketing, PR and sales

  • Account Executive
  • Marketing Executive
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM Analyst)

Retail

  • Merchandising Assistant
  • Buying Assistant
  • Retail Manager
  • Retail Graduate Trainee

Case study - Jessica Fath, 2018 graduate

Jessica Fath

About one hour after my graduation ceremony, I received a call from my future employer offering me the job I had applied for a few days earlier. I am now working for a charity called Rethink Mental Illness. 

They are training me to become a psychological wellbeing practitioner (PWP) which means that I am currently working three days a week in prison and two days a week I am at university learning the skill-sets necessary to become a fully qualified PWP. 

 

 

Read Jessica's blog post

 
 

What are my further study options? Includes video from PhD alumna

Every year 25-35% of psychology graduates choose to build on their undergraduate study by undertaking a psychology related taught masters course. 

Graduates have successful achieved places on courses including:

  • Brain Imaging
  • Health Psychology
  • Mental Health Research
  • Occupational Psychology
  • PGCE courses 
  • Psychology Research Methods
  • Rehabilitation Psychology

Most students who wish to progress to a PhD will have studied at postgraduate taught level. Other students opt to take a postgraduate qualification which will allow them to pursue a particular career interest, such as teaching.

For careers in professional psychology a specific doctorate-level qualification is often a requirement.  These doctorate courses offer a combination of academic teaching and service based learning alongside research.  Entry is extremely competitive and students should gain as much relevant experience as possible before applying. 

Spotlight On: Science into Business

Kiri Granger,  PhD alumna and Director of Neuroscience at Cambridge Cognition, talks about her job role and working in a commercial setting.

She explores the differences in working in this type of environment and the activities undertaken to ensure there is a return on investment (ROI) for the company.

 
 

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