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Graduate Jobs for Psychology Students

Psychology gives graduates a wealth of skills and knowledge that is more applicable in the world of work than you might first think. Knowing behavioural patterns and an understanding of the human mind are a valuable asset for any company. Below are our jobs for psychology graduates, plus our guide to getting a job with a psychology degree.

Job title Location Salary
Underwriter, London, £22,000 London £22,000 + benefits
New 2015 Graduate Training Schemes - Recruitment London 20 to 22k Basic + Commission + benefits + OTE + Bonus
HP Intern Programme – Business Nationwide Competitive + benefits
Financial Trader, London, £26,000 London £26,000 + benefits + Bonus
Aston & Fincher - Graduate Direct Sales Consultant London 24,000 depending on experience + benefits + OTE + Bonus + expenses
Internship Opportunities with Barclays Nationwide Competitive + benefits
Decathlon - Digital Project Placement Scheme (London) London Competitive + benefits
Industrial Placement - Communications & Government Affairs - GSK Nationwide Competitive + benefits
HPI Trainee Research Executive - London London competitive + benefits
HP Graduate Programme – Business Nationwide Competitive + benefits

What can you do with your Psychology degree?

Psychology as a subject has grown in popularity in recent years. A thoroughly academic degree with aspects of meticulous scientific research, it is a Psychology graduate's understanding of human thinking and behaviour that gives them that extra edge when applying for jobs. The mixture of human, theoretical and scientific understandings make Psychology graduates some of the most versatile and attractive graduates in the market.

What you can offer employers?

Analysis - Psychology graduates have excellent analytic skills which allow them to study large amounts of information, discover trends and notice themes or recurring ideas. This is a skill that is not just limited to scientific research but also can be applied in financial or business settings.

Behavioural Understanding - Understanding how people think and act to a university level can be a vital skill for graduates to have. The opportunity for this skill is endless and can be a real attribute on a graduate's CV. This could provide companies witha real insight into audiences, customers and markets.

Communication - As a heavily academic and research based subject, Psychology graduates are able to express their ideas through intelligent, written reports and are also able to present complex ideas to an audience of possibly varied understanding.

Data and Numerical Skills - Psychology graduates spend a lot of time handling and working with data and statistics. Being able to manipulate numbers to create and analyse statistics is an attractive skill to have, especially when the nature of the role requires graduates to be confident when influencing a company's direction.

Research Skills - Thorough and comprehensive research skills are impressive for employers. If Psychology graduates can show that they are able to construct detailed and accurate reports or provide useful information, employers are likely to see the benefit of such a skill. Similar to analysis, this might no longer be in an academic setting, however the skills are applicable across the board.

Source HECSU - What do graduates do? September 2013.

What employers can you impress?

Employers are always impressed with the mixture and variety of skills that Psychology graduates can offer. First and foremost, a grounding in communication and intelligence, both of which are required and enhanced by Psychology degrees, should be stressed when applying for any position in any sector.

Skills like research skills or data and numerical skills can really persuade employers in sectors like Finance, Banking, Accountancy or Insurance. The ability to work with numbers, apply them in the real world situation and subject them to an analytic process is something employers want applicants to be confident at.

Likewise to research skills, being able to understand people's thought processes and behaviour is an attractive proposition for graduates. This knowledge and experience is important and valued in fields like Advertising and PR, Retail, Management, Media and Human Resources. Psychology degrees are applicable to nearly any customer or client focused industry, as long as graduates are able to persuade employers that their specialities are able to help the company.

by James Howell

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