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Undergraduate psychology training and workplace needs: student perspectives on the extent to which their education prepares them for their chosen career

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Abstract


  • The current study surveyed 195 first to fourth

    year psychology students at a regional university

    in New South Wales about the amount of

    applied content in undergraduate psychology

    training and post-graduate opportunities for

    employment as a psychologist. Eighty-nine

    percent of students believed that the level of

    applied psychological training was either nonexistent

    or inadequate, and therefore did not

    equip them for finding work as a psychologist.

    Ninety-six percent of students who wished to

    become intern psychologists believed that

    opportunities for working as intern generalist

    psychologists were either non-existent or

    insufficient. Concerns around employment and

    registration opportunities reflected this group’s

    disillusionment with undergraduate training.

    Availability of work-place supervision and

    associated worry about paying for alternative

    private supervision was also evident.

    Recommendations for further investigation of

    the ‘goodness of fit’ between undergraduate

    psychology training and the ability of students to

    be competitive in the workplace following

    graduation will be articulated.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Stoyles, G., Caputi, P., Byrne, M. K. & Crowe, T. (2010). Undergraduate psychology training and workplace needs: student perspectives on the extent to which their education prepares them for their chosen career. In V. Mrowinski, M. Kyrios & N. Voudouris (Eds.), Abstracts of the 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology (pp. 1004-1004). Australian Psychological Society.

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Abstract


  • The current study surveyed 195 first to fourth

    year psychology students at a regional university

    in New South Wales about the amount of

    applied content in undergraduate psychology

    training and post-graduate opportunities for

    employment as a psychologist. Eighty-nine

    percent of students believed that the level of

    applied psychological training was either nonexistent

    or inadequate, and therefore did not

    equip them for finding work as a psychologist.

    Ninety-six percent of students who wished to

    become intern psychologists believed that

    opportunities for working as intern generalist

    psychologists were either non-existent or

    insufficient. Concerns around employment and

    registration opportunities reflected this group’s

    disillusionment with undergraduate training.

    Availability of work-place supervision and

    associated worry about paying for alternative

    private supervision was also evident.

    Recommendations for further investigation of

    the ‘goodness of fit’ between undergraduate

    psychology training and the ability of students to

    be competitive in the workplace following

    graduation will be articulated.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Stoyles, G., Caputi, P., Byrne, M. K. & Crowe, T. (2010). Undergraduate psychology training and workplace needs: student perspectives on the extent to which their education prepares them for their chosen career. In V. Mrowinski, M. Kyrios & N. Voudouris (Eds.), Abstracts of the 27th International Congress of Applied Psychology (pp. 1004-1004). Australian Psychological Society.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2090&context=hbspapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/hbspapers/1041

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