Advice for Psychology Graduates: The Complete Guide
Advice for graduates: the ultimate guide

The step up to a PhD can feel a little bit steep, this psychology graduate section is here to help with everything you need to know and all of the resouces you will need throughout the entire process.

To begin with your PhD application process can feel overwhelming -- writing the personal statement, contacting schools and potential advisors, getting letters of recommendation, and ordering all the transcripts and GREs.

But don't worry, we're here to help.

We have found many useful sources of information for the various tasks involved in applying to graduate school. What this site contains are links to important resources that have been developed by others and links to books that I personally feel will be useful to you. We prepared this webguide to address many of the common questions that I have been asked by prospective graduate students.

Our goal is to present the most informative and complete content sources -- not to have an exhaustive list. I hope you find this graduate portal helpful.

Although we have considerable information listed throughout these pages, our advice is that you should nearly always consult the following books. First, get a copy of the APA's Graduate Study in Psychology. It lists all programs and requirements, and it provides a starting point for considering which schools to apply to. There is a directory in this book that categorizes programs by specialty area which should save you a ton of work.

Of course, you should also get the advice of your academic advisor at your institution.

We also recommend Dr. Patricia Keith-Spiegel's The Complete Guide to Graduate School Admission. It has rich detail about more facets of the application process than the Getting In book. These books will be an excellent investment for you. I've discovered that students who consult these guides tend to produce better graduate school applications.

Doing well as an undergraduate

Now you've got in, it's time to knuckle down and do as well as you possibly can.

Below is a list of books, online resources and tools to not only make sure you do well, but also to put yourself in the best possible position for your future career.

Books that we Recommend for Undergraduate Success

Majoring in Psychology? Career Options for Psychology Undergraduates

A book every undergraduate psychology major should have. Find out what you are getting yourself into and what the future holds for you.

Topics discussed include: undergraduate preparation for the future, internships, jobs, money, resources, graduate school, and whether or not being a psychology major is the right choice for you.

Study Power: Study Skills to Improve Your Learning and Your Grades

The Study Power system detailed in this book is an excellent resource for any student looking to master study skills in order to learn more effectively, get better grades, and enjoy school more.

Based on teaching effective use and management of time, William R. Luckie and Wood Smethurst draw on years of teaching experience to develop a comprehensive instructional tool on the power of studying.

Effective Study Skills: A Step-by-step System for Achieving Student Success

This book presents a skill-based study system developed by James K. Semones. This system, ESS, consists of step-by-step procedures for tackling the main components of the system: principles, steps, skills, and tasks.

Designed for those who wish to succeed academically, ESS explains what study skills to use in pursuit of this goal, when to use them, and how to develop them to mastery.

What Smart Students Know: Maximum Grades, Optimum Learning, Minimum Time

Adam Robinson, cofounder of the Princeton Review and author of this book, has collected valuable firsthand insight from hundreds of triumphant students on how to maximize your learning potential while minimizing the time it takes.

Whether you seek drastic improvement in grades, learning, prioritizing, or just to sharpen your skills and efficiency, this is a worthwhile resource.

"Ace" Any Test

This comprehensive but compact guide to maximizing test performance is an excellent resource for anyone who desires to cultivate efficient test taking skills.

It includes preparation techniques as well as clever tools to employ during an exam to reduce stress and increase the likelihood of giving correct responses on essay and multiple choice questions. Written by Ronald W. Fry.

GRE Subject Test: Psychology

GRE Subject Test ensures that the students, who can come from a variety of different education systems, have a comparable level of knowledge when applying for a US graduate school. This book specifically trains students for the GRE Psychology exam and is thus extremely useful to any psychology student wishing to pursue a Masters or a PhD.

This book is even more important for those students who finished their undergraduate studies in another country as might not have the same skills as their American colleagues. There are two full-length practice tests and a detailed explanation of every practice question.

Writing Literature Reviews: A Guide for Students of the Social and Behavioral Sciences

Aside from writing your own papers, you will most definitely be required to write some literature reviews throughout your postgraduate education and possibly beyond.

This book is a simple and clear guide, written for students of social and behavioral sciences.
What makes it extremely helpful are the examples it provides, so that students don’t have to just understand the written theory but can see it through practice.

Although this can definitely help all students, those doing their Masters or PhDs will benefit the most.
Writing Literature Reviews: A Guide for Students of the Social and Behavioral Sciences is accessible both in print and as an e-textbook for easier transport. 

Concise Rules of APA Style

The concise rules of APA Style will lead you through your academic writing life. Although it may seem that you have everything under control, with time you forget certain rules and need to refresh your memory.

Moreover, at times you get a very unusual source type that you’ve never cited before so you need to learn how to do it. And that is what this book is for!

While much of the information can be find online for free, sometimes the information is very erroneous or simply confusing. Plus, very often it does not cover exactly those unusual cases that you need to look up. As this book is so affordable, why risk it?

General Resources for Succeeding

Marky Lloyd's Careers in Psychology Page
A site developed by Marky Lloyd to help undergraduate students learn what they can do with a degree in psychology. The main focus is on the career options available for the varying psychology degrees and on academic information concerning the different levels of study.

Making the Most of Your Undergraduate Years
Taken from the above site, this is a great source of advice aimed to help you focus on your goals for college and your career. This page challenges you to consider what you want and what qualities you need to develop to be hired in the "real world."

Study Skills Guide
An excellent site provided by the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University that contains a guide to developing effective study skills. Topics covered include: time management, effective listening, lecture note taking, test-taking skills, skimming, highlighting, stress management, and various others. This site provides some really great information and guidance that is essential to becoming a highly successful student.

Study Strategies Homepage
An excellent site from the University of Minnesota, Duluth that provides links to assessment tests as well as advice on various learning opportunities that include: learning about study skills, practicing effective study strategies, and teaching and/or managing study skills.

Outlook on all Professions
Find out about the current status and the predictions for the employment outlook for your career of choice. Brought to you by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs you can get with your BA/BS in psychology!

Making yourself look good

Honors Program
Find out about Honors Programs -- their benefits, who is eligible, if they are right for you, and how to find out about the Honors Program at your college or university. Being in an Honors Program looks great on your application to graduate school

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)
Research can be a pivotal aspect of your graduate school application. CUR is a council designed to promote research by undergraduate students. They offer many benefits to those students whose faculty are involved. Search to see if a professor at your school is a member, and if not, tell them about it!

A Suggested Plan of Action for Graduate School Admission

This site contains a lot of information already in our Applying section, but you need to get started on these things WAY before you are applying to a graduate program. This timetable pretty much covers everything, so if you follow it, you will be in great shape. Also--check out the section on publication. Provided by PSI CHI (see below).

PSI CHI: The National Honor Society in Psychology
Another great way to make yourself look good when applying to a graduate program. PSI CHI is a separate Honors-type program than those usually offered through your university or college, but it is designed for psychology students and carries certain added benefits and options. Check this site out!

Useful Tools

A glossary of terms used in psychology with examples and descriptions to help you understand what you are studying or what your professor is actually saying. Provided by

Class Notes
A way to read sample class notes or post your own. Also, if you missed a particular topic in class, read up on the topic and what points you probably need to know. Also provided by

The Unvalidated Graduate School Potential Test
Find out if you have what it takes to be a good graduate student, and what areas you need to improve in. Developed by Patricia Keith-Spiegel.

Useful Websites
Not necessarily psychology related but this list of super useful websites can help you out in many situations as an undergrad. 

Well-being advice 

Throughout your journey as a psychology student you may have times when you are overwhelmed with work, or under other pressures in your life. Unfortunately this is normal for everyone and you will need to develop robust coping skills.

For periods of low level anxiety or low-mood you may want to try:

- Making time for activities you enjoy, even when you are very busy
- Taking regular exercise, even if it's just a brisk walk around the park
- Talking through problems with close friends and family

These are very basic tips but often when you have your head stuck in a book you can easily loose sight of why you're feeling like you are.

Applying to graduate schools

Although we have considerable information on our graduate section, my advice is that you should consult the following books.

First, get a copy of the APA’s Graduate Study in Psychology.

A great resource from the American Psychological Association to assist those interested in graduate study in psychology. This book lists over 500 graduate departments and schools of psychology and provides information for each. A useful guide for choosing which schools to apply to.

It lists all programs and their requirements and provides a starting point for considering which school to apply to. There is a directory in this book that categorizes programs by specialty area, which should save you a ton of work.

Of course, you should also get the advice of your academic advisor at your undergraduate institution.

The other two books provide substantial guidance on the actual application process and what graduate programs look for. Both are excellent. However, in general, I recommend Patricia Keith-Spiegel's The Complete Guide to Graduate School Admission.

A book you should definitely have in your collection. It guides you through the entire application process: deciding which schools to apply to, finding the information you need, completing the tasks you need to before you apply, the application itself, and managing the post application period. A very thorough resource. 

Books like these will be an excellent investment, and I've discovered that students who consult the following guides tend to produce better graduate school applications, and also make better graduate students.

The remaining two recommendations are also great and worth checking to make sure you cover all bases:

Getting In: A Step-by-step Plan for Gaining Admission to Graduate School in Psychology

Having an inside knowledge of how graduate schools evaluate applications can be the deciding factor in being accepted to a good school.

This book attempts to help you maximize your chances for success by allowing you to make informed choices and giving you insider knowledge what you need to do to have a competitive application. Provided by the American Psychological Association.

Preparing for Graduate Study in Psychology: 101 Questions and Answers

This book addresses the many questions asked about the graduate application process. It is split into two major sections, including FAQs of undergraduates. and a series of appendices on the ins and outs of the paperwork involved in the application process.

Short and concise, this is a great tool to use when filling out applications. Written by William Buskist and Thomas R. Sherburne.

Books to help get in to Graduate School

Getting In: A Step-By-Step Plan for Gaining Admission to Graduate School in Psychology

Getting into a graduate school can seem like a big challenge and we often find ourselves without anyone to ask the million burning questions.

This book provides a great step-to-step plan so that you can understand the path towards a post-graduate degree much more easily. What is even better, this book is specifically concerned with graduate schools in psychology, so you no longer have to ask yourself whether that general rule applies to you as well. 

However, remember that this book is issued by the American Psychological Association and as such works exclusively for graduate schools in America. This cannot be transferred to European or other schools.

General resources about applying to graduate school

Many of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) article that gives general information on applying to graduate and professional schools can be accessed through their website.

Graduate options at William and Mary
A great source from The College of William & Mary for advice on evaluating and choosing a graduate program and also for tips on how to tackle the different elements of the graduate school application.

Graduate Record Examinations Website
All you need to know about the GRE--find out about the computerized administration, download a demo program (Mac users: prepare to be discriminated against...)--plus a directory of graduate programs and an online application service.

A Guide to Getting Into Graduate School

The APA Education Directorate's three keys to graduate school acceptance: preparation, application know-how, and patience.

Applying to Graduate School
A summary from SUNY Brockport designed to help you make an informed decision on whether or not to go to graduate school and what it entails. If you are still trying to decide your next step after graduating or want to know what applying involves, read through this site.

Insiders Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology, 2018/19

Listings of Universities and Psychology Departments

Ranking of U.S. Psychology Ph.D. Programs This site on contains a listing of 185 psychology PhD programs that are rank according to quality by the National Research Council. Separate links for departments!

College and University Home Pages Christine DeMello's huge list (>3000 entries) of university sites in more than 80 countries.

University Pages Another list of U.S. Universities. Categorized by state.

America's Best Graduate Schools According to U.S. News & World Reports, anyway. To navigate to a university web page, use one of the above lists.

Psychology Schools Directory A directory from that allows you to search for a graduate school that offers the graduate program you want. You pick the subject area and the database provides schools from the US, Canada, Europe, or elsewhere. Problem: not all programs are listed here since schools pay to be listed -- double check with APA's Graduate Study in Psychology which has an index that categorizes graduate programs (e.g., clinical, cognitive, etc).

Listings of Types of Psychology Programs

Clinical Psychology Programs Ranking of U.S. and Canadian Clinical Psychology Programs. Another great site is, which contains a listing of 183 clinical psychology PhD programs that are rank ordered by how well their graduates did on the Examination for Professional Practice.

APA's list of accredited psychology programs (e.g., clinical/school, counseling/school)

Developmental Psychology Programs A searchable list of Developmental programs sponsored by List may not be comprehensive -- programs pay to be listed here.

Evolutionary Psychology Programs. Brought to you by the Center for Evolutionary Psychology at UCSB.

Also take a look at John Nickols' Forensic Page, and outstanding information source, where you will find extensive listings on criminal psychology, forensics, the forensic dictionary, and much more - a must see site in forensics. Forensic psychology students also have a group over at

You may also want to consult the Society for Health Psychologists.

Human Factors Programs A list of programmes provided by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. HFES also has a number of free brochures on their publications page. If you are interested in Human Factors you should definitely visit this site.

Industrial/Organizational Psychology Programs A searchable list of I/O programs sponsored by Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology The site has considerable information about I/O psychology.

Neuroscience Programs A great starting point for some of the top Neuroscience programs around the world.

Personality Psychology Programs Schools with political psychology courses. This is a fantastic resource. If you are interested in personality issues, you should spend a little time at The Personality Project.

Political Psychology Programs A resource from the International Society of Political Psychology. Also, these are Great links from the Center for the Study of Political Psychology and the American Political Science Association. Likewise, see this from the Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence brought to you by the American Psychological Association.

Positive Psychology Researchers This is a list developed by Dr. Martin Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania on positive psychology.

School Psychology Programs The Department of Education at UC Berkeley’s page on school psychology.

Social Psychology Programs A list maintained by the Social Psychology Network. One stop shopping for social psychology. A great website!

Sports Psychology Programs

This is not an exhaustive list. APA's Graduate Study in Psychology has a great index by program type. Be careful though of websites such as They have listings for many areas, but they only list schools that have paid a fee to be listed -- so this might not provide representative search results.

We still need program listings for developmental disabilities, educational psychology, psychometrics, quantitative, mathematical psychology, and psychopharmacology, and possibly others. Let us know if you know of any links we should know about.

Letters of Recommendation

How to Ask for Letters of Recommendation
Dr. Ann Fischer, of Southern Illinois University, offers thoughtful advice on what information you should give your letter writers so they can do the best job on your behalf.

How To Get Good Letters of Recommendation
More advice from Dr. Margaret Lloyd's Careers in Psychology Page. Here, she gives important information on what the letter of recommendation is, what needs to go into it, and what it can do for you. Plus, "the single best thing you can do to get a good letter of recommendation."

Writing the Personal Statement

Writing the Personal Statement
Writing the personal statement is often one of the most difficult parts of the application process for students. The Writing Center at Colgate University offers suggestions on writing style for the personal statement in a downloadable PDF.

Writing Effective Personal Statements
Excellent suggestions for the personal statement including self-analysis questions, general advice, some examples of successful statements, and invaluable advice from admissions representatives. Provided by The Purdue University Online Writing Center.

Writer's Handbook
What is the personal statement and the application essay? This site explains what they are, gives tips on writing them, and answers frequently asked questions. It also provides spaces for you to write notes, draft parts of your essay, and get some extra help. An excellent tool from the University of Wisconsin.

Writing Personal Statements for Graduate School
How to conquer the three C's of writing the personal statement: clarity (word choice, organization, mechanics, formatting), content/creativity, and conciseness according to the University of Washington's Psychology Writing Center.

Writing a Compelling Vita (or Resume)  

Curriculum Vitae (CV)
A general overview of the CV from the MIT Careers Handbook. Provides a sample CV that can be downloaded in an Adobe Acrobat format or Microsoft Word format.

Writing Your Vita
Provides a blueprint to use when preparing your vita. What information goes where? What's the basic form? Also, provides info on other general considerations to take into account.

Preparing a Curriculum Vitae (CV)
An article that gives a general breakdown of typical categories and headings that go into a CV provided by LiveCareer. This site also gives links to helpful books, articles, and other websites about vitas.

Resume Resources
A collection of resume resources on the Web provided by the same site that will help answer all your resume questions.

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)

Graduate Record Examinations Website
All you need to know about the GRE.

GRE Test Preparation
Find out about the GRE and answer some sample questions from Peterson'

Once You Are Accepted!

Rules for Acceptance of Offers for Admission and Financial Aid
On this site,the CDSPP provides info on accepting offers and the financial aid that may be available to you.

What If You Do Not Get In??

You're screwed, right? Well, it isn't quite that simple and catastrophic. There are resources to help you, such as several pages in Getting In: A Step-by-step Plan for Gaining Admission to Graduate School in Psychology.

Other Stuff to Worry About... 

Don’t fall into a ‘debt trap’
Learn from experience what you are getting yourself into when choosing a costly education via student loans. Use this valuable advice while you are looking at universities and make a more educated decision.

Psychology Doctorate Recipients: How Much Financial Debt at Graduation?

An article from the National Science Foundation (NSF) that explores the factors that lead to more debt for psychology majors than in the other science and engineering fields. Be sure to take a look at the section titled: "Do debt levels vary among different psychology subfields?" Though the article is relatively old, it does still contain some valuable advice.

Psychological Associations  

The Interview

Interviewing at a University that is considering your application will be informative but stressful. The only resource that we have found that discusses this situation is Getting In: A Step-by-step Plan for Gaining Admission to Graduate School in Psychology . (If you know of other sources, please let us know.)

Financial Aid

Financing a Graduate Education
A breakdown of the three basic ways to finance your graduate education--fellowships and traineeships, teaching and research assistantships, and loans. It does, though, incur a small cost of $1.

Scholarships and grants.
Information on grants for students provided by U.S. government, international, corporate and private funding services, in addition to departments within NYU. 

Success in graduate school

Once you've secured your place in graduate school it's time to absorb as much knowledge as possible to prepare for your career.

You should already be thinking about your career options once you finish grad school and make sure you gain experience in the relevant areas.

Hopefully the below books and resources will help you to succeed in grad school and beyond.

Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student's Guide to Earning an M.A. or a Ph.D.

Considered a must read for graduate students, this book is packed with information and advice on topics that include: choosing to pursue a Ph.D., choosing a school, financial aid, qualifying exams, what you need to survive and thrive, managing academic politics, writing a thesis, and even buying and setting up a personal computer.

A very exhaustive resource, this book is based on interviews with career counselors, graduate students, and professors.

Dissertations and Theses from Start to Finish: Psychology and Related Fields

A compilation of advice and suggestions from 35 years of supervising students completing theses and doctoral dissertations, this book was developed to aid students in making the process less mysterious and a more exciting educational experience.

The topics covered are the nuts and bolts needed to complete your task from start to finish. This is a great resource to make sure you have covered all your bases and presented the best thesis or dissertation possible.

Academic Paths: Career Decisions and Experiences of Psychologists

A collection of 13 autobiographies from psychologists who work in academia. Read about their experiences as students and what led them to become professors and researchers.

Not only is this book a good read, but it is very insightful about what life in academia is about. This is a useful resource if you are trying to decide between a professional or academic career in psychology.

Preparing for Graduate Study in Psychology: 101 Questions and Answers

This is a book you should have had preparing for graduate school and completing your application, but the last chapter deals with the first year of graduate school and how to survive it.

This book is written in question/answer format, so you can look up all your questions and get insightful answers from experts who actually know what they are talking about.

Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates (SAGE Study Skills Series)

Once accepted to a postgraduate course, you will be expected to show very well developed critical reading and writing skills.

These skills are especially important if you are continuing with psychology, a subject in which you will need to critically assess studies, yours or the ones found in the academic literature. You will find yourself needing to criticize some of the biggest names in the field – and you will need have well-thought out arguments for that.

This book guides you in a well-organized manner. It is one of those rare academic sources used in classroom that everyone says was useful to them. You can even buy it in a Kindle form for easier usage. 

How To Prepare A Dissertation Proposal: Suggestions for Students in Education & the Social and Behavioral Sciences by David Krathwohl

Another in the list of skills that an aspiring graduate student has to acquire is the skill of writing proposals – soon you will have to hand in yours, for a PhD dissertation.

This is not as simple as one might imagine since you have to convince everyone that your topic is exactly the one worth exploring and that you are the right person to do it.

This is where this book comes in very handy. It is written in a very clear manner, so that everyone can understand and follow its advice. Students absolutely love it, especially since it is specifically aimed at their field: Social and Behavioral Sciences! 

A Guide to Academia: Getting into and Surviving Grad School, Postdocs, and a Research Job

Academia is not only difficult to get into but also can be difficult to survive once you enter the kingdom. There is a lot of pressure to be innovative yet accepted.

This book offers a lot of valuable advice to graduate students and postdocs regarding staying in academia. It is written in an easy and approachable style so you can enjoy it with a cup of tea as you consider your future.

However, since it is not subject-specific, do also consult your trusted colleagues and professors.
The is one of the rare books on this list that can be recommended as a beach read. Take the chance.

The Psychology Research Handbook: A Guide for Graduate Students and Research Assistants

For graduate students of psychology, this is one of the most useful books out there. It explains in detail how to conduct every step of the research.

From forming the research question and designing a study to writing the paper on that same research – this book covers it all. It even adds additional chapters such as the one on applying for research grants, which is an extremely important yet often ignored topic.

But rather than to list all the benefits of the book here, you can take a ‘look inside’ on Amazon to make sure this is really the book you need. 

General Resources for Graduate School Success

Advice on Research and Writing
This site was created by Mark Leone primarily for computer scientists, but it contains great links for advice on how to do research, communicate effectively (speaking and writing), and how to successfully write your dissertation.

Looking for External Funding
Check out the section entitled "Miscellaneous Pearls of Wisdom" for tips on applying to NSF for fellowships.

APA Graduate Students (APAGS)
The home for graduate student concerns within the APA. Take a look at their newsletter and see what they offer for graduates who join.

APA Style Resources

Guidelines for Writing in APA
Another reference tool for writing in APA. This site goes over: checkpoints for the manuscript, rules of APA, headings, citations, references, miscellaneous points, plus examples of page layouts.

APA Style Guide
This is a comprehensive style guide for references in APA provided by the University of Southern Mississippi Libraries. Take a look at how to format books, journals, electronic information (including the Internet), and other media.

Psychology With Style: A Hypertext Writing Guide
Another summary of the APA Publication Manual. This site was designed by Dr. M. Plonsky with hints to avoid common mistakes and was organized well so you can easily find the information you are looking for.

Statistical Resources

Government Statistics
This is a powerful tool that allows you to access the full range of official statistical information available to the public from the Federal Government. FedStats is comprised of over 70 Federal agencies and allows you to benefit from official statistics they collect and publish.

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

Provides a wide range of statistical data from the Federal government's principal vital and health statistics agency. NCHS works with other Federal agencies, researchers, and academic institutions and provides data to policymakers in Congress and the Administration as well as to researchers and others in the health community.

Research Randomizer
A great site designed to assist researchers in preparing a random sampling or in assigning subjects to experimental conditions. Research Randomizer utilizes a program with a JavaScript random number generator to produce sets of random numbers that can be used in a variety of experimental situations.


Association of Psychology Postdoctoral & Internship Centers (APPIC)
If you are looking for an internship, this site provides a way to view openings and be matched to the right program. This site also promotes high quality training and recruitment practices at professional internship and training sites throughout the US and Canada.

Life after graduate school

Once you're done at graduate school things start getting pretty real.

It's time to find a job, but before you find a job you need to know what job you want.

Many difficult decisions lay ahead, we hope some of the below resources help to make those decisions a little easier. 

Academic Paths: Career Decisions and Experiences of Psychologists

A collection of 13 autobiographies from psychologists who work in academia. Read about their experiences as students and what led them to become professors and researchers.

Not only is this book a good read, but it is very insightful about what life in academia is about. This is a useful resource if you are trying to decide between a professional or academic career in psychology.

Faculty in New Jobs: A Guide to Settling In, Becoming Established, and Building Support

A guide to succeeding and adapting in academia as a faculty member.

A collaboration of the experiences and advice from 18 contributors coming from different viewpoints designed to nurture faculty and to aid in their professional development. Start your new position ahead of the game.

The Compleat Academic

A book that covers a range of issues new academic social scientists face from job-hunting to being an assistant professor, teaching, and graduate student supervision.

Get a head start on these issues and get an idea of things you should be aware of and will face when just starting off. Although this is a 1987 book and out of print, used copies are available--and the book still is relevant and helpful.

Advice for New Faculty Members

Designed to teach new faculty how to work--with constancy and moderation in their new field.

The main sections provide advice for teaching, writing, and socialization and have been proven effective through years of experience and research in the area. This book teaches you how to do the least to get the most out of your work.

The Psychologist's Guide to an Academic Career

A very well written book with specific advice for psychologists entering the academic field.

Topics cover the end of graduate school, steps to your career, advice on how to organize your day and your life, and how to develop your career and become an influential professional.

College Grad Job Hunter: Insider Techniques and Tactics for Finding a Top-Paying Entry Level Job

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

As you advance in your academic career, chances are you will start publishing articles (and possibly longer works later on). No one is born with the knowledge of how to write for academic publications, so don’t be afraid if the task does not come easily at first. This is why this book exists.

Written by the American Psychological Association, the book really comes from the best authorities in academic writing on psychology. Unlike the previous example, this source can be useful around the world as the style is generally accepted.

Although there are some negative reviews, many do find the book useful. Moreover, there is a ‘look inside’ option so you can check for yourself whether this is something you could use.

Careers in Psychology: Opportunities in a Changing World

If you have just finished your course and are faced with the question: “What now?” but you don’t seem to have an answer – then you need this book.

There are many paths that you can follow after a psychology qualification. This is one of most versatile university degrees – so much that it takes a whole 200+ pages book to cover all the options available.

Rather than being scared of the number of choices you have, embrace how lucky you are to still be able to choose.

Important to note: this book also gives an overview of what types of further academic study you can take!

General Resources for Life after Graduate School

Career Builder
A great jobs search engine to find the right opportunities. You can upload your CV and see what opportunities might come your way as well.

Outlook on all Professions
Find out about the current status and the predictions for the employment outlook for your career of choice. Brought to you by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

​This is the APA's Career Resource Center. You have to register (it's free), but the perks include posting your resume on a database and searching online job classifieds.

Miscellaneous Resources

Applying Advice
​For those interested in applying for a position at a small, liberal arts institution. Take advantage of over 15 years of experience and learn how to put together a successful application. Compiled by Hugh Foley.