The cornucopia of information available on the Web can be overwhelming for even the most Web-savvy graduate student.
"There is a wealth of information out there, but it can be difficult to find it," says Widener University graduate student David Ballard. "If you're using search engines, you pull up all kinds of garbage sites."
But many graduate students have discovered Web sites that have helped them write their dissertations, publish research articles, secure research funding or find jobs. To help psychology graduate students help each other, the Monitor asked students which sites they'd found to be worthwhile resources for information on careers, research, professional development and graduate school survival.
Here's what they recommend:
Science's NextWave: Resources for the Next Generation of Scientists
Published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, this site offers job market news, research funding news, a section on science policy and articles on topics such as alternative careers and how to apply for a grant. Graduate students will find articles on trends in graduate education, mentoring, dissertations and careers. The site also links to ScienceCareers, http://recruit.sciencemag.org, where job seekers can post their resume or curriculum vitae and find information on available jobs and employers.
The Counseling Center Village
This site is a compilation of home pages and Web resources created by college and university counseling centers around the world. It offers a wide range of resources for the counseling center professional--including practice resources, online psychoeducational pamphlets, sample forms and professional development materials.
PhDs.org--Science, Math and Engineering Career Resources
PhDs.org offers articles for scientists, postdoctoral students and graduate students on such topics as the job market, journal publishing and funding trends. The site includes resources for women and minorities in the sciences, information on pursuing a nonacademic career, interviewing tips and networking.
The American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS)
The APAGS Web site offers online access to APAGS's quarterly newsletter, which includes regular features for graduate students on internships, student advocacy, teaching and careers. The site also includes scholarship, award and conference information and provides instructions for joining the student listservs APAGS sponsors.
PsycHits: The Graduate Student's Psychology Reference Site
Psychology graduate student David Ballard created this Web site to offer fellow psychology graduate students "one-stop shopping" for career information, psychology reference materials and current events that affect graduate students. The site links to hundreds of sites on topics such as policy-making, ethics, history, research statistics, professional development and careers.
Psychwatch.com: The Online Resource for Professionals in Psychology and Psychiatry
This site offers a list of journals sorted by category that can be accessed online and contact information for each state office that handles licensure for psychologists. A section for graduate students offers information and related links on topics such as funding, internships and statistics, and includes full text reprints of many classic and seminal articles in psychology. The site also includes a job listing section and a grant opportunities page.
Social Psychology Network
Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, this site is a database with more than 5,000 links to psychology-related information. Highlights include a career center with links to job listings, articles on employment searching strategies and minority resources and information on financial aid and internships. The site links to social psychology studies being conducted on the Web, as well as to an online student discussion forum.
Graduate Student Resources on the Web
Created by psychology graduate student Dan Horn at the University of Michigan, this site links to dozens of articles, essays and other Web sites that focus on surviving graduate school. The site covers topics such as how to write a curriculum vitae, how to find a job outside of academe and how to prepare for an academic interview.
Students' favorite Web sites specifically for online job searching include:
Employment listings from APA's Monitor on Psychology sorted by state and country.
On PsycCAREERS.com, APA's Career Resource Center, job seekers can search online job listings and add their resume and salary requirements free of charge to a database that can be searched by employers. To learn more about salary levels and employment outlook, site visitors can click onto APA's Research Office for the latest statistics. In addition, career coach and clinician Lynn Friedman, PhD, offers tips about the workplace and building a career in psychology.
The job listing Web site of the American Psychological Society.
The employment and training opportunities page of the American Academy of Doctors of Psychology.
The Career Network page of the Chronicle of Higher Education has an e-mail service that notifies subscribers of new job listings, as well as an online job search engine.