Psychology - From Classroom to Career Freshman Year

cas_flag_freshmanDream Job
What is your "dream job" after graduation? What are you passionate about? Talk to your faculty advisor and other mentors. As a Psychology major, how can you use your remaining time at Fairfield to prepare for it through class work, internships, volunteer activities, summer jobs, leadership positions with clubs and organizations, and other relevant out of class experiences. The analytic and communicative skills essential to the Psychology major also prepare students for professional study in law, social work, medicine, nursing, physical and occupational therapy, education, and business. In addition, students with a degree in psychology are particularly well suited for any entry-level position that demands a solid liberal arts education.

I love Classroom to Career. I think this information is exactly what's missing. I remember at the end of the four years feeling like "why didn't they tell me x,y,z. It also makes Fairfield feel much more student friendly. I think a lot of students get lost in the shuffle unless they are really standouts and a professor takes special interest. 
- Lynn Hartigan, Psychology major; founder, Center for Growth and Development in Norwalk, CT

BASE (Broadening Access to Science Education)phys_ctc_students3 Camp projects offer students an informative and fun week-long experience with actual scientific research, across all scientific disciplines at Fairfield. Projects change every year, allowing students to choose from a variety of topics including biomedical science, medicinal chemistry, forensics, developmental biology, evolutionary biology, marine ecology, software engineering, behavioral psychology, neuroscience, biophysics, and applied mathematics. This camp is for Bridgeport high school students, and Psychology majors can serve as counselors, learning and, at the same time, gaining experience in tutoring and education.

Academic Advising
Use your academic advisor and the peer advising program to explore Psychology and other potential majors, minors, programs and courses, given your interest. What core courses fit best with your career goals? Work them into your schedule.

What to do with a Psychology Degree
Do your own Internet research at sites like About Careers in Psychology.

Many Related Pursuits. Talk to your faculty advisor about these potential options: Psychology students interested in a career in the health professions can become part of a careful mentoring and advising process beginning in the first year (or whenever they decide to pursue a health professions career). A faculty advisor will guide each student in the selection of an appropriate course of study for a wide variety of careers in the health professions; review the academic standards applied by the various medical/professional schools, and the specific tests required by these schools; help students to identify internships, research, and volunteer opportunities; discuss a range of other important issues related to the world of the health professions; and organize program meetings where health care workers or professional school admissions officers present information. Here is the four-year course of study.

psy_ctc_students3Many students majoring in Psychology follow the pre-med concentration and have become surgeons, family physicians, psychiatrists, dentists, and veterinarians. In addition to medicine and advanced study, career paths chosen by graduates of recent years include allied health fields such as Chiropractic, Epidemiology, Mortuary Science, Nutrition, Medical Lab Technology, Optometry, Osteopathy, Physiotherapy, Physician Assistants, Public Health, and Podiatry.

There is no single "pre-health" major at the University. Students should explore all their interests regarding potential majors. There is no "best major" for a health professions program student. Freshman year, introduce yourself to the health professions advisor and pick up a copy of the Health Professions Handbook. They will meet with you and discuss your plans or thoughts about a career in the health professions. Due to the number of required courses, your schedule is tight.

Psi Chi
Psi Chi, the national honor society in Psychology, was founded in 1929 for the purpose of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology. It inducts both undergraduate and graduate members. It currently has 868 chapters nationwide. Contact Dr. Judy Primavera, advisor, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2233 or e-mail jprimavera@fairfield.edu.

Freshman Housing Option
psy_ctc_students4Take a look at the WiSTEM (Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Living and Learning Community at Fairfield. This community is located in Gonzaga Hall and is home to about 30 first-year student participants and two upper-class Resident Assistants. The mission of WiSTEM is to provide services and programming to women pursuing the STEM fields through a residential community which emphasizes connections with faculty, alumni, professionals, and peers in an effort to create a supportive environment where women can succeed at Fairfield University. The WiSTEM community enhances the educational experiences by providing academic development and leadership opportunities through its various services and programs.

Sigma Xi
Attend the annual Sigma Xi poster session, held every spring. See the work of other Psychology majors, and imagine how your work will be displayed in future years.

Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, was founded in 1886 as an honor society for scientists and engineers. Headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C., it is an international research society whose programs and activities promote the health of the scientific enterprise and honor scientific achievement. There are more than 80,000 Sigma Xi members in about 500 chapters at colleges and universities, industrial research centers, and government laboratories. Each year the Society initiates nearly 5,000 new members. The Society is a diverse chapter-based organization dedicated to the advancement of science and engineering through outstanding programs and services delivered in a collegial and supportive environment. The mission of Sigma Xi is to enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science and engineering, and promote the public's understanding of science for the purpose of improving the human condition. Vision: To be the global honor society of science and engineering. Contact: Dr. Jim Biardi, advisor, (203) 254-4000, ext. 3465 or e-mail jbiardi@fairfield.edu.

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That's just the start. Take a look at this career information from other University offices that we think is also valuable to Psychology majors.

Psychology career activities by class year

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