Your career options

Employability events

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We have lots of careers events and workshops running this term, all designed to help you develop skills, research future career options and meet employers. Some are one-off annual events, so don't miss out.

Skills

Studying psychology gives you a broad range of transferable skills that employers value, in addition to your training in psychology itself. You will leave us with:

  • clear and accurate writing and proficient oral presentation skills
  • critical thinking
  • the ability to assimilate and evaluate complex information
  • numerical competency and thorough training in research methods and statistics
  • formal report writing.

Professional accreditation

Many of our courses are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), giving you a pathway to membership after your time spent studying with us. Accreditation is a mark of the quality of our courses which will be recognised by future employers.

Your career options

Our BPS accreditation helps many of our graduates to pursue careers as clinical, forensic, educational or occupational psychologists. Others work in related fields such as social work or mental health care.

The training we provide in transferable skills also means that our graduates have gone on to work in a wide variety of other fields such as management, personnel, financial services, the media, information technology and market research.

Our courses also provide an excellent platform for postgraduate study. Recent graduates have gone on to complete Masters or PhD programmes in forensic psychology, cognitive neuropsychology, research methods and relationship therapy.

Employability

As part of completing a degree with us, you will take modules devoted to career development, designed to boost your career prospects. The modules provide you with opportunities to:

  • reflect and decide upon career aspirations
  • help you identify the steps required to reach those goals
  • introduce you to opportunities and resources that help to complete these steps.

Each year you will take an employability and careers module tailored to your stage of career development. These modules are run jointly by the Psychology department and the Employability and Careers Centre.

These comprise lectures, workshops and assessments designed to enhance your CV, application and cover letter techniques, and develop your career pursuit in a supportive, low-intensity approach.

Gain experience

Within our Department we offer a Research Experience Scheme, which gives you the opportunity to volunteer on a research project. You will help an academic member of staff with their research, learning essential research skills such as experiment design and transferable skills such as project management.

Our University offers a wide variety of ways in which you can gain further experience to enhance your CV and throughout your time with us you will be supported by our Employability and Careers Centre.

frontrunners placements

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frontrunners is our original placement scheme that offers students paid work opportunities on campus. You'll get on-placement training and great experience to add to your CV.

UROP placements

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Our Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme gives you the chance to help an academic with a research project. You'll learn new skills to enhance your CV and get paid a bursary.

Essex Interns

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Internships are an excellent way to earn money and develop a stand-out CV. Register with us for information on paid internship opportunities with local, national and even international employers.

Big Essex Award

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Join the 2,000+ students who have completed The Big Essex Award so far and get University recognition for all of your extra-curricular activities. We’ll help you identify your skills and sell your experience to employers.