From the CEO
Helping members find career opportunities has long been one of APA's top priorities. Back when I was in graduate school, everyone knew that the place to look for a job, postdoctoral fellowship or internship in the psychology field was the APA Monitor — back then an 11" x 17" tabloid with hundreds of classified ads. Today, the Monitor still offers those ads, but our career-opportunities listing has exploded on the Web as PsycCareers, APA's Online Career Center.
PsycCareers offers psychologists more comprehensive employment and training opportunities and resources than ever. The site allows job seekers to look for opportunities and post their resumes. It also enables employers to list their openings and peruse resumes. At any given time, the site lists 400 to 500 career opportunities. As I write this, the site offers 4,000 resumes and has registered with more than 22,000 job seekers and 9,100 employers.
But PsycCareers is more than a job-and-resume bank. The site houses career resources culled from other parts of the association, all in one place. It includes a "Professional Development" section, which offers articles on such topics as how job stress affects our health and the psychology of creativity and innovation in the workplace. It offers a current list of "Training and Events" — the meetings and other activities that can enhance psychologists' skills and networking opportunities, including all of APA's continuing-education sessions and meetings as well as all of psychology's regional meetings.
Also highly popular on the PsycCareers website is the "Career Development" page. Here, you'll find resources tailored specifically to psychologists' work settings, whether that be in academic psychology, practice, research or the many other nontraditional areas where psychologists are working today. This page also lists the APA books and other publications aimed at helping psychologists and students pinpoint their career interests.
The PsycCareers site is also constantly updated with a "Career News" section offering career-related content from around the Web. Recently, for example, the site's articles included "Hone In on Special Skills to Find a Job," "Master the Five Toughest Interview Questions" and "Seven Ways You Can Tap Into Your Inner Leader," all from U.S. News.
Another large portion of the PsycCareers site is dedicated to the particular needs and interests of early career psychologists, defined as those who have received their degrees within the last seven years. Here, APA members can find a wealth of information on licensure, professional development, balancing work and family, self-care, and much more. Of particular interest to this group is our highly popular guide "Financial Planning for Early Career Psychologists." This part of the PsycCareers site also links to other APA services for early career psychologists, including:
A dedicated Web page for early career psychologists, that offers information on career development, financial planning, work/life balance, funding and grants and ways to connect with other psychologists, both new and established.
The Early Career Listserv, an online resource for members to discuss and collaborate on early career initiatives, programs and strategies to increase recruitment, retention and involvement among early career psychologists. To join, send a note to APA listserv.
The Early Career Leadership Network, a listserv for early career leaders and aspiring leaders in APA governance, divisions and state, provincial and territorial psychological associations.
Also important to note is PsycCareers LIVE, the career fair we host as part of APA's Annual Convention. PsycCareers LIVE allows employers and job seekers to connect virtually before, during and after the convention and to set up interviews while there.
So, whether you are a graduate student seeking insights on the opportunities ahead, an early career psychologist who wants to build contacts and skills, an established psychologist who is considering a career change, or an employer looking to hire, check out PsycCareers. It's bigger and better than ever.
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