Developing Occupationally Related Skills
Thomas McGovern and Susan Ellett asked the psychology faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University to identify the skills that students could acquire from psychology courses. Readers may want to try this exercise in their own departments; the findings could be as enlightening to your faculty as they were to the VCU faculty. In a subsequent stage of the project, the authors matched those skills to job titles. They were able to list 49 discrete occupations requiring a bachelor's degree in psychology as the entry level training. This approach of identifying the match between personal characteristics and occupational demands is consistent with John Hoiland's career model.