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.