Psychology

What will I gain from my subject?

Psychology students are good all-rounders, tending to be inquisitive, analytical and happy with both ‘big picture’ issues and fine detail. Studying Psychology gives you a broad range of skills that span both science and arts and opens up opportunities with a wide variety of employers.

Here are some skills you will gain during your course that employers value:

  • Communication Skills (written and oral)
  • Research skills
  • Analytical, data collection and problem-solving skills
  • Ethical awareness
  • Teamwork and awareness of group processes
  • Leadership
  • Report writing
  • Interpreting and evaluating events, information and ideas
  • Time management and organisational skills
  • Open-mindedness

What can I do with my subject?

Psychology graduates excel in jobs that require them to engage with a range of complex issues and develop a strong understanding of areas that may be new to them in a relatively short space of time. Possible areas include:

  • Advertising/marketing
  • Banking and insurance
  • Business management
  • Charity work
  • Education
  • Health-related fields
  • Local and national government
  • Market research
  • Media
  • Administration (e.g. as a Personal Assistant)
  • Politics
  • Retail and sales
  • Survey writing
  • Teaching
  • Therapy
  • Tourism

Job Options (Chartered professions – requiring Postgraduate study):

See here for a full list of broader description of Chartered professions

Job Options (relevant to your degree):

Most employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don’t restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here. Think about your strengths and look at the job profiles to see whether these roles are suited to you and how you could develop the skills and/or knowledge they are asking for.

Work Experience

It’s a good idea to build up your work experience as soon as you can. Working on a voluntary basis first can help you to get experience but it is also worth applying for internships, summer work placement opportunities and work shadowing while you’re at university. For those interested in Chartered roles then it is important to gain relevant work experience. Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships. Below are useful resources for finding work experience related to psychology.

Further Study

Postgraduate training and study is a requirement to become a chartered psychologist. Due to course entry requirements, many psychology graduates spend a year or more getting work experience before embarking on PG study. Psychology graduates may also choose to do a PG qualification in other career areas, e.g. teaching, advertising, marketing or HR. For more information on further study and to find a course that interests you, see Masters degrees and search postgraduate courses.

What do Aber graduates do?

Two thirds of Aber psychology graduates are in employment or undertaking further study within six months of graduating, above the UK average, they go into various fields and have wide-ranging careers. Take a look below at what Aberystwyth psychology graduates and postgraduates go on to do.

It’s also worth looking at the Aberystwyth University profile on LinkedIn where you can access over 30,000 alumni and research their career paths as well as build your network!

  • Account Executive Business Developer
  • Activities Co-ordinator
  • Administrator
  • Appropriate Adult
  • Assistant Clinical Psychologist
  • Assistant Manager
  • Client Manager
  • Commercial Trainee
  • Corporate Communications Officer
  • Customer Service Consultant
  • Customer Service Executive
  • Development Officer
  • Graduate Trainee
  • Graduate Trainee Conference Manager
  • Immigration Liaison Analyst
  • Knowledge Transfer Partner
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Research Assistant
  • Researcher
  • Residential Education Worker
  • Special Needs Teaching Assistant
  • Sport Psychologist (Level 1 placement)
  • Student Support Worker
  • Support Worker
  • Therapeutic Care Worker
  • Trainee ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) Tutor
Examples of employers that Aberystwyth psychology graduates and postgraduates have gone to work for:
  • Age Cymru
  • Alliance Boots
  • Baschruch Care
  • Care UK
  • Cartrefi Cymru
  • Chester Therapy Centre
  • Debenhams
  • Home Office
  • IMAP Centre
  • National Health Service
  • Next
  • Premier Healthcare Solutions
  • Sainsburys
  • West Mercia Police
  • Various Schools, Colleges and Universities
  • Young Epilepsy

What help is available?

  • PDP (Personal Development Plan, PS11710) is delivered in your department and is designed to help with career management and personal development
  • The Psychology Careers Consultant, informal drop-ins will run weekly on Tuesdays from 2.15 to 4.15pm in P5, you can chat about anything careers-related no matter which stage you are at
  • Guidance interviews for more in-depth careers support, you can book a 30 minute ‘careers guidance’ appointment. (How We Can Help link)
  • There are also regular workshops to help build your careers skills which will be promoted within the department so check your emails for updates
  • The Careers Office is next to the Union shop and you can drop in for further information and advice at any time

Find out more

Useful resources

UK

Professional bodies and associations

These organisations promote the interests of people working in particular professions. Some have listings of employers who are members of the association and may advertise jobs while others may be a useful source of information when researching employers for applications or considering a speculative application.