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What can I do with a B.A. in Psychology?

If you’ve been yearning for a new career path or wanting to finish what you started years ago, you may find what you’re looking for through our Bachelors Completion program in Psychology.

Our unique program offers a rich and transformative learning experience through a flexible online format, which is suitable for working professionals, parents, and global students. This completion program allows you to complete your Bachelor’s degree online so you can finally start your career in the field of psychology.

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Loretta Farris, one of our BAC graduates said:

I had my doubts about receiving an education on-line, but I’m pleased to say that the experience was an overall success. I was fortunate to have a kind academic advisor who provided the guidance and encouragement I needed to help me complete my capstone project. Instructors with real-world expertise in their respective fields showed me how to go beyond my expectations of learning. Perhaps most importantly, my classmates shared their experiences with love, honesty and integrity and I will always be grateful to have been a part of their journey at Sofia University.

But what can one do after graduating with a B.A. in Psychology?

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BA Completion graduate, Devi Prem shares her success story:

I am most grateful to the quality and flexibility that the Sofia offers. For my BA completion I have received the most wonderful support to create my own body of work “Seven Sacred Rhythms of Leadership”, a dance meditation coaching offering. I will be continuing with the Global MA in Transpersonal Psychology program, which is truly a choice of my heart.

And BAC graduate Nisha Jumn shares:

I have nothing but great things to say about Sofia. This is an amazing program which offers students the stepping stones that propels us into worlds we may never have thought of entering. I am grateful for my professors and all they had to offer. The BAC program and the knowledge I gained from it resulted in me creating, Adi Shaktee, as an oasis for healing and a platform which I intend using for my women’s movement.

Below is a list of key elements that might help you increase the chances of landing the job of your dreams.

  • Plan early. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your career interests and options and identify the unique constellation of knowledge, skills and characteristics you need to enter the career of your choice.
  • Assess yourself. Figure out who you are and what you want from a job. Consider these questions: ‘What are the 10 traits that describe you best? What working conditions must you have? How much money do you need to make? What are your long-term goals? What skills do you have and which do you most enjoy using?’ Your answers will provide a foundation for your job search and enable you to pinpoint the opportunities best suited to you.
  • Capitalize on your connections. Think about the people you’ve met who could give you job leads—perhaps you completed an internship, participated in a service learning event or volunteered at a school. Be sure to stay in touch with your professors since local agencies may contact them looking for “good” graduates to fill a job. And don’t forget, even after you graduate, you will need references or letters of recommendation, so staying connected with faculty is a smart choice.
  • Look beyond Internet job postings. With such sites as careerbuilder.com and monster.com, Indeed.com, linkedin.com, and ideal.org, the Internet is a wonderful tool for finding jobs. Many corporations may not list their jobs there, so be sure to visit company websites that may interest you and send an email to introduce yourself.
  • Take advantage of campus services, even after you graduate. Your campus career center and alumni office are both interested in your long-term success.

Kendra Cherry wrote an article on Verywell.com (About, Inc. company) entitled “Careers Options With a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology”.

In this article Kendra mentions that as an undergraduate, chances are you have done a considerable amount of research and writing, and these skills would be useful in positions as a library assistant, probation officer, business manager, case worker and many other related areas. She also points out that the biggest advantage of a bachelor’s degree in psychology is its adaptability.

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So what are the most commonly held careers for those with a bachelors degree in psychology? According to The College Majors Handbook, some of the top occupations that employ those with a bachelor’s psychology degree are:

  1. Top- and mid-level management and administration
  2. Sales
  3. Social work
  4. Other management occupations
  5. Labor-relations, personnel and training
  6. Administrative positions
  7. Real estate, business services and insurance
  8. Marketing

As you enter the job market, consider jobs that require the skills you obtained during your psychology education. These abilities include:

  • Critical thinking
  • One-on-one and small group communication
  • Effective written communication skills
  • Understanding of individual human behavior
  • Knowledge of group and organizational behavior
  • Creative thinking skills

Some students even decide to continue their education due to specific careers that require further training. Therefore, many graduates of B.A. in Psychology programs eventually go on for their Masters in Counseling Psychology to become licensed therapists, the Masters in Tranpersonal Psychology to become educators and authors, or choose our doctorate level programs to become licensed psychologists and/or researchers.

Whichever path you choose, you are sure to set a solid foundation for your career success with our Bachelors Completion program.

For more information about our B.A. in Psychology program, please contact our Admissions team at admission@sofia.edu or 1-888-98-SOFIA.

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What can I do with Sofia’s Double Major: Masters in Computer Science and Masters in Transpersonal Psychology?

At Sofia University, we offer both a Masters in Computer Science as well as a Double Major M.S. in Computer Science and M.A. in Transpersonal Psychology. At first glance, you might not think psychology is even remotely related to computer science, but psychology is an essential component in creating technology as people are who create the computer applications and people are also who use the applications. In order for computers to be useful, programs and applications need to be intuitive, easy to use, and aimed at resolving problems or supporting our lives.DSC07067

Have you ever been frustrated trying to figure out how to use an app on your cell phone or, conversely, loved an app because it didn’t take much time to figure out how to use it? This process is called human-computer interaction, and people who understand psychology are better at understanding how people think. This makes for bettmaxresdefaulter user experiences while using computers and technology, whether it’s a cell phone or iPad app, an Excel spreadsheet, or a complicated database.

According to psychology degree 411 there are many opportunities for a Computer Programmer with a psychology background. It might be surprising to learn that psychology graduates have opportunities in computer programming, but when the continual advances in user-friendly technology are considered, this career trahqdefaultck makes sense to a growing number of students with a psychology background.

Computer programmers develop and execute programs for an end user or group of end users, and also work to improve and broaden programs that have already been built. Programming professionals frequently help write step-by-step user guides to new programs and features. The critical thinking skills and understanding of user psychology that psychology majors can bring to this field are especially helpful.

Some of the possible outcomes of your degree:

  • Analyze users’ experiences to help make software appealing, usable, and useful
  • Help develop software for rehabilitation technology
  • Create new and better user interfaces
  • Create new styles of games for education and fun

If you find yourself drawn to the world of technology, but also desiring to learn more about human behavior and development, this double major could be the perfect blend of interests for your future career. Plus, we are located in the heart of Silicon Valley, connecting you to the plethora of opportunities in this area.

For more information about this program or to visit our campus and attend a class, please contact our admissions office at admissions@sofia.edu, or 1-888-98-SOFIA.

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What can I do with my Masters in Counseling Psychology?

According to MastersinPsychologyguide.com those who graduate with a Masters in Counseling Psychology may find employment in an array of different settings, from working in their own private practice to assessing mental disorders out in social care settings. They may specialize in subcategories such as health psychology, transpersonal psychology, or learning disabilities, which could also influence their chances of finding employment in a certain specialty area.

Many of our counseling psychology program students focus their interest in the following areas of this unique helping profession:

Private Practice Counselor or Therapist (LPCC/LMFT)

The primary role of a counselor or therapist is woman-and-man-on-couch-near-therapistto assess, diagnose, and treat client mental and emotional disorders. Most counselors and therapists desire to work in a private practice so they can set their own hours while working with as many or as few patients as they prefer.

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Alumna Crystal Stokes  is a great example of a graduate of the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program who also works in private practice. Crystal is a Consciousness Coach at Crystal Stokes Coaching. She combines eastern and western approaches towards psychotherapy, in conjunction with functional fitness, holistic nutrition, consciousness, and mindfulness.

Substance Abuse Counselor

Some counselors and therapists specialize in helping individuals and families who struggle with addiction. These therapists may work with groups or individuals as part of an outpatient program, or within a hospital setting. Sometimes additional certification is required to serve this population.

Rehabilitation Counselor

While some addiction therapists work in hospitals, others work in rehabilitation facilities. holly-daniels-outreach-sober-college

Alumna Holly Daniels, is another example of a Sofia graduate who has become a successful licensed marriage and family therapist. Holly works as a substance abuse and rehabilitation counselor and also serves as a meditation teacher, mental health advocate, and most recently as the Clinical Outreach Director at Sober College.

In her role as Clinical Outreach Director at Sober College, Holly is able to integrate her complex clinical expertise with her passions for connecting people and spreading the word that the path of recovery, health and wholeness can be both exciting and fulfilling.

Geriatric Counseling Therapist

With more and more people living well into their 80’s and 90’s, there is a growing need for counselors who can work with the elderly, especially those who suffer from mental illnesses as a result of the aging process.

Learning Disabilities Specialist

Some counselors work in elementary or high schools to provide support to students with learning disabilities. These counselors and therapists may also help diagnose disorders suchspeechkid as ADD and Autism, which can affect a student’s ability to learn.

Child Mental Health Specialist

Those who enjoy working with children may wish to specialize in child development and work as a child counselor or therapist. Becoming a child mental health specialist is a way to help children work through problems at school and at home, and to diagnose mental health issues early enough in life to make a difference.

Adult Mental Health Counselor

While some mental health counselors choose to work with children, others specialize in adult mental disorders. This generalized position is usually available in hospital settings or a private clinic.

Below are more job options for MFT’s or LPCC licensed professionals.

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Schools

MFT’s work at all levels of the school system – from treating families with troubled elementary school students to counseling parents on how to understand and cope with an out-of-control teenager.

Social Service Agencies

MFT’s are hired to work for government, non-profit, and for-profit agencies that provide social services to children, youth, families, seniors, and communities. Sometimes, marriage and family therapists are hired to take on administration roles, such as supervising other counselors and social service staff.

Medical Centers

From conducting psychosocial assessments to making resource referrals for patients in need of outpatient assistance, therapists also work at a medical centers and collaborate with other team members to ensure patients receive and maintain adequate treatment. They may provide both clinical and therapeutic services to patients on an individual basis and/or within a group setting.

In addition, there are other career opportunities for MFT’s that help counselors obtain success and professional growth such as:

Nursing and Residential Care Facilities. 

Marriage and family therapists are hired by nursing homes and residential care facilities to diagnose and treat mental and emotional issues related to married couples and families. Oftentimes, therapists provide counseling related to coping with a spouse’s or family member’s illness.

Legal and Correctional Systems

MFT’s also help families and couples in legal crisis, and with those who are working through issues in the correctional system. Sometimes therapists work are called upon to make recommendations to courts regarding the outcome of child custody cases or visitation disputes. To make a fair determination, the therapist often contacts doctors, schools, social starticle-0-1E07829300000578-884_964x598aff, juvenile counselors, and law enforcement personnel. It is also not uncommon to see therapists testify in court.

In regards to correctional system work, therapists may assume the role of counselor for families of spouses who are newly released from prison. Therapists may also hold therapy sessions for incarcerated individuals to address issues concerning their family ties or spouses before gaining reentry into society. Other cases may involve sexual abuse victims and perpetrators, as well as juvenile offenders, and mental health cases found in the criminal justice system.

Health Maintenance Organizations – HMO’s

Health maintenance organizations provide or make managed care arrangements for health insurance, self-funded health care benefit plans, and individual patients. They work with a range of health care prmaxresdefaultoviders (such as hospitals and doctors) on a prepaid basis, hiring MFT’s to treat clients.

For example, Kaiser Permanente, the largest not-for-profit health maintenance organization in the U.S, hires marriage and family therapists to work in their related behavioral health centers, chemical dependency treatment programs, and mental health facilities.

The Government

MFT’s employed by the government assume roles that can influence decision-making on a government and political level. According to the BLS, therapists working with the government on both the state and local level, are typically paid the highest salaries for this occupation in the U.S.

The Military

Marriage and family therapists are employed at clinical resource centers dedicated to assisting and supporting current service members, veterans, and their families. Often providing PTSD and TBI counseling to Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard servicemen, therapists typically complete additional coursework or training, or experience assuming a role with the military, such as the Therapy with Military Families Specialization.090818-N-2541H-001

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Facilities

It wasn’t too long ago that Marriage and Family Therapists were not eligible to be hired by the Department of Veterans Affairs to work in VA facilities, but the Department has since expanded access to such mental health services. Now therapists working in VA facilities conduct screenings and assessments; develop treatment plans and goals for patients; provide crisis intervention; and offer individual, conjoint, family and group therapy.

Industrial-Organizational Psychologist

Industrial-Organizational Psychologists are human efficiency experts who specialize in working with companies and corporations to keep employees efficient, healthy, and working hard. The majority of industrial-organizational psychologists enter their careers with a master’s in I/O psychology, but salaries increase substantially with doctoral education. The industry for this career is one of the most stable and expanding on this list. Companies around the world are dedicating time and money to making their employees more efficient and happier, and are hiring I/O psychologists right out of school to make this happen.

Churches and Religious Settings

According to American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), 25% of specialty family therapists work in faith-based settings.

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Although they receive the same training as secular family therapists, MFT’s who complete additional coursework in religion and counseling can become a faith-based therapy provider, such as a Christian family therapist. This kind of therapist provides counsel to married couples and families regarding mental health problems, relationship issues, and parenting concerns – all while following a treatment and counseling approach that falls in line with the Christian faith.

In conclusion, this is not an exhaustive list of all the places that people with MFT or LPCC degrees can work, but aims to highlight some of the employment opportunities offering the highest number of available possibilities.

From working as case managers for insurance companies to negotiating psychiatric care for employees of large corporations, the number of job positions that marriage and family therapy professionals qualify for continues to increase with experience, further training, and education.

You can refer to CareersinPsychology.org for more insight into the job opportunities available to licensed Marriage and Family therapists.

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5 Ways to use your personality to increase visibility on LinkedIn

By Liam Austin–Founder of Small Today

The results your LinkedIn presence will have on your business, naturally comes down to your contacts.

You can post great updates and write amazing Pulse posts, but if you don’t put yourself in front of the right people you won’t get the result ysocial-media-552411_960_720ou want.
The huge benefit of LinkedIn is the possibility to build relationships with people you might not have met otherwise, and build on existing ones.
I can attribute a huge part of the success of our business to partnerships that often started out and grew on LinkedIn. I know the importance of making an effort to create an extensive network of valuable contacts.
A rule of thumb when connecting is: quality before quantity.
Don’t be afraid to aim high.
Request to connect with people you admire and look up to, who have a way of doing business that interests you and would be a really valuable person in your network.
But before you just go ahead and click that connect button, take the time to make your invitation personal and I guarantee you chances of getting accepted will be much higher.
This is what I do when asking people to join my network:509659503_1280x720
1. Delete LinkedIn’s generic invite request. It’s impersonal and gives the impression that you didn’t make an effort to write something personal – show your personality.
2. People respond to effort and personalisation. Highlight shared experience, refer to a Pulse post they wrote, tell them in what way their work has inspired you and let them know why you’d like to connect. Spend a few minutes researching the person to find touch points to include in your invitation.
3. Give value by offering your assistance and help, but remember: never, ever try to sell anything in your invite. You won’t be taken seriously, you will be seen as spamming and chances are quite high your request will be declined.
4. Your existing relationships. Dedicate 10 minutes each daymaxresdefault to like posts, say congratulations to new positions, comment on discussions and respond to messages. Be consistent and efficient, and you will see results.
Try this next time you connect, and you’ll be off to a good start in building strong relationships that are crucial for growing your business.
Good luck!

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5 Ways to Get Your LinkedIn Profile Noticed

By Liam Austin–Founder of Small Today
Finding success outside of the university experience can be daunting. This June, we decided to focus on sharing some career tips and success stories to help you move toward capturing that coveted job, or at least the attention of a few great recruiters or organizations. Let us know what you think!
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I’ve listened to a number of experts claim that too many LinkedIn users forget to promote their biggest asset – their personality. With over 400 million users worldwide, it’s your best chance to differentiate yourself from the masses and get seen by the right people.

So what can you do to increase visibility through your personality?socialmouths_self-promotion

Here are my top tips to get you started:

1. Always write the summary session in first person –  your profile will come alive when this section is less abstract.

2. Don’t hold back on showing your vision, beliefs and values. This will definitely get you a step closer to your dream clients. If they see you sharing important core values, chances are much higher that you will get along and appreciate working together.

3. Let your profile picture show your personality – you can still keep it professional. Wear a color that represents you, try different poses like looking a bit to the sid3649959539_e9a80b984be. And don’t forget to SMILE! Done the right way it will not come across unprofessional, but portray you as friendly and fun to work with.

4. Be memorable by showing intelligence and humour when participating in LinkedIn discussions – always keep it professional, but with a twist to let people get to know you.

5. Ask yourself; what are 3 key highlights in your life/career/business? Write them down and pull out the common threads. Why? This will tell you a lot of what you have to offer and what makes you special – make sure you use this in your profile.

Where did I learn this?

From the 37 experts at the LinkedIn Success Summit.

I’ve used LinkedIn for years, but there were so many things I needed to improve, change and start doing. Have I seen results? Yes.

You can too!

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