According to studies of graduates of bachelor-degree programs in psychology, entry-level positions tend to pay relatively little and may be relatively unsatisfying. Although the positions, pay, and reported job satisfaction of psychology majors tend to significantly improve many years after graduation, those who enter the workforce immediately upon graduation risk at least a few years of less-than-satisfactory employment (Landrum & Elison-Bowers, 2009; Rajecki & Borden, 2011).
Although graduate school can be a route to a better paying, more satisfying job and career, it is quite expensive. According to the APA (2003), a doctoral degree results in most students entering into debts worth $50,000 to $75,000 or even more. The median debt incurred for a master’s degree is approximately $25,000 (Kantrowitz, 2011).
Using your textbook, the Internet, and the Argosy University online library resources, research choices such as entering the workforce immediately upon graduation or enrolling in a graduate school. On the basis of your research, respond to the following:
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American Psychological Association. (2003). Frequently asked questions
about graduate school. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/education/
Kantrowitz, M. (2011). Student loans. Retrieved from http://www.finaid.org/
Landrum, R. E., & Elison-Bowers, P. (2009). The post-baccalaureate
perceptions of psychology alumni. The College Student Journal,
Rajecki, D. W., & Borden, V. M. H. (2011). Psychology degrees:
Employment, wage, and career trajectory consequences.
Perspectives on Psychological Science, 6(4), 321–335.
|Assignment 2 Grading Criteria||
|Correctly identified five benefits and five risks associated with the selected option, showing application of research and analysis. Cited at least two sources.||
|Created a visually appealing presentation explaining the risks and benefits of the selected option to the relevant audience.||
|Included a slide with a persuasive speech or narrative designed to persuade others to choose either the workforce or graduate school.||
|Included at least one slide with a discussion of recent trends in the job market and an analysis of whether this is an optimal time to work or seek a higher-level degree.||
|Included at least one slide addressing the pitfalls recent graduates face, ensuring that one of the pitfalls mentioned is financially related.||
|Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; and displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.||
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