Here are some ways you can prepare yourself for Peace Corps:
* Apply online. Visit www.peacecorps.gov/application to start the online application. We accept applications year-round, and the application process typically takes 9-12 months. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen and in good health. Competitive applicants have a college degree and/or applicable experience.
* Attend a Regional Event and speak to a recruiter. Visit www.peacecorps.gov to see a list of events near you (left side-bar), including our online information sessions facilitated by a live recruiter. At Peace Corps events, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and Peace Corps staff members speak about their overseas service and answer your questions about Peace Corps and the application process.
* Research. Visit www.peacecorps.gov to learn more about the types of assignments available for Peace Corps Volunteers and details on the benefits of serving. Peace Corps also has several social networking sites that are good resources to check out. See the links in my signature below.
* Gain more skills and become competitive. While we have programs in many areas, currently, our highest need is for applicants with interest and experience in English teaching, environmental science and agriculture. Gaining at least three months (10 or more hours/month) of English, foreign language or literacy tutoring/teaching experience at the middle school, high school or adult level can make you more competitive for service. We are also looking for applicants with French or Spanish language ability – studying or taking up to Elementary French II or Intermediate Spanish II classes can make you a more competitive applicant.
Article 1: What you can do with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology:
The good news is there are plenty of things that you can do with your bachelor’s degree in psychologyyou just won’t be a working psychologist. Statistics tell us that only about 25 percent of undergraduate psychology majors nationally go on to graduate school and become a psychologist, or go to medical school and start a practice as a psychiatrist.
Shelly K. Schwartz, in an article called “Working Your Degree,” reported that the top 10 occupations that employ students with only a bachelor’s degree in psychology are:
- Top- or mid-level managers, executives and administrators
- Social Work
- Management-related occupations
- Personnel, training and human resources or labor-relations
- Administrative jobs
- Insurance, real estate and business services
- Registered nurse, pharmacist, therapist and physician’s assistant
- Accountant, auditor and other financial specialists
As you review the list, you’ll notice that most of these jobs involve dealing with people. Since psychology is the study of human behavior and organizational behavior, a 4-year degree in the field offers you a good understanding of people, their motivations and why they act as they do. In addition, psychology teaches students to think critically as well as creatively, so graduates generally have excellent communications skills. This kind of versatility is desirable in professions that demand interacting with other human beings, which opens the door to most professions. So hold your bachelor in psychology degree high—it offers you more opportunities than you may have ever imagined.
Article 2: Explore Your Psychology Career Options
The wonderful thing about a psychology degree is that it is much more
flexible and adaptable than any other degree–in other words, your have
options in psychology! After all, no matter what career path you are
on, other people are sure to be involved—as customers, co-workers,
employees, and bosses. A quality undergraduate education in psychology
prepares you to be a good citizen and a critical thinker, and the skills
and abilities that psychology majors acquire through their coursework
and out-of-class experiences make them marketable for a wide variety of
employment options. Even though the bachelor’s degree in psychology is
not a professional degree, it is still a great way to become a well
rounded, well-educated citizen and person—and who doesn’t want to hire a
person like that? With a degree in psychology, career options abound.
Here are just a few of the professions that value those with a psychology degree:
• Human Services. Federal, state, and local governments
as well as many non-profit organizations are eager to hire those with
an undergraduate degree in psychology.
• Administration. Any administrative position in
government or in other organizations can utilize those with a psychology
degree. Throw in a business double major or minor, and any company will
find you indispensable.
• Community Relations. This fascinating field covers a
wide range of jobs—working as an advocate, an outreach coordinator, an
event coordinator and more.
• Public Relations. As a public relations specialist,
you’ll work with the media, write press releases and other materials, do
research and fundraising, organize events and more.
• Advertising & Market Research. More and more Advertising Agencies are hiring those with a psychology background to help formulate advertising strategies.
• Teaching. If you also obtain a teaching certificate along with your degree, you can teach in both public and private schools.
• Retail and Sales. Every retail organization
understands the power that a psychology degree can bring to their bottom
line; these companies are always eager to hire those with a background
The Southeastern Institute of
Research (SIR) was founded 46 years ago on one simple but powerful idea —
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