Psychology future careers

Studying Psychology at Goldsmiths could be the starting point for a career as a chartered psychologist, or you may decide to go into a related field that draws on your particular interests and the skills and knowledge you have developed during your degree.

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What skills will I gain from a Psychology degree?

Psychology is an excellent degree for gaining a range of skills that you can use in the workplace, from working on projects, gathering and analysing data to writing reports and developing qualitative and quantitative research skills. Some of the transferable skills that are commonly associated with psychology include:

  • Critical thinking
  • Oral and written communication
  • Analytical skills
  • Reflection
  • Self-motivation
  • Planning and organising

What kind of industries do Psychology graduates work in?

If you want to use your Psychology degree clinically, professional chartered psychologist roles usually involve psychological assessment and working with individuals or groups to deliver psychological support or development.

  • Clinical psychologists help people suffering from mental health conditions or addictions.
  • Educational psychologists work with young people who are having problems in an educational setting.
  • Forensic psychologists usually work in prisons with offenders.
  • Occupational psychologists work with organisations to improve employee performance.

There are many other chartered psychology roles. For more information visit the British Psychological Society.

Psychology graduates are also valued in many other working environments, such as:

  • Advertising and marketing
    An understanding of human behaviour is fundamental in these job sectors. Psychologists might work in research or roles such as an account planner.
  • Counselling and advice work
    Many of our Psychology students want to help people. One way might be through counselling and advice work. You could consider roles in career guidance or social work.
  • Human resources
    If you are interested in occupational psychology then a career in human resources might be for you. This job can involve recruitment, psychometric assessment and staff development all of which will use your skills as a psychologist.

What do Goldsmiths Psychology graduates do?

A number of Psychology graduates each year take on roles in education and health in order to build up the experience needed to enter doctorate programmes in clinical and educational psychology. Below are some of the graduate-level careers that Goldsmiths Psychology graduates have gone into:

  • Behavioural Mental Health Support Worker
  • Marketing Manager
  • Brain Injury Recovery Worker
  • Mental Health Mentor
  • Planning Assistant
  • Community Interpreter
  • Personal Support Assistant
  • Tutor (Science, English and Maths)
  • Family Support Worker
  • Project Leader
  • Community Recovery Support Worker