There’s a New Psychology in Town

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Feb 6, 2012 in , , | No Comments

 

The mental health benefits of Mother Nature are now being acknowledged.

If you’re considering psychology, or are a psych major, you’ll find this fascinating! And if you’re depressed, angry, and tense, it just might help you.

I read an interesting excerpt from Richard Louv’s book entitled Mother’s Care, in an issue of UNTE Reader based on his book The Nature Principal (2011). In it, Mr. Louv explains that, “Spending time in natural settings is no panacea…but it can be a powerful tool in maintaining or improving mental health.” This new type of psychology is called ecopsychology (ecotherapy), and it’s benefits are remarkable.

Choose Your Major Carefully

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Sep 14, 2011 in , , | No Comments

College students and grads may be going down the wrong road…

A Rutgers study found 62% of grads believe they need more education to be successful, however a ManpowerGroup study found 1/3 of employers worldwide complain they can’t find qualified workers. The good news is we have an abundance of college grads–the bad news is they don’t hold degrees in fields where they are most needed.

Online Assessment and Video

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on May 16, 2011 in , , | No Comments

Assessments and videos are extremely helpful if you are undecided as to what field to pursue, or unemployed.

Two sites I suggest are, Literacyworks and The Good Work Project. When you enter the Literacyworks site, click “Multiple Intelligences” to find the Multiple Intelligences Assessment, written by Professor Howard Gardner, Developmental Psychologist. It may help you discover hidden work abilities, preferences, and interests that can be applied to certain fields. Additionally, job seekers who have become discouraged can use the information to strike out on a fresh path.

Was that Major Your Choice?

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Apr 18, 2011 in , , | No Comments

It seems like a simple question, but the answer may be complicated.

A large number of people go through life living what they think they want, often finding what they are doing is not really what they want. Society’s standards, parental hopes, peer pressure–even the media–can push and prod us into a college major, career field, or lifestyle we later discover is not what we would have chosen had we taken the time to ask “What do I really want?”

“Modern man lives under the illusion that he knows what he wants, while he actually wants what he is supposed to want.”–Eric Fromm [This statement also applies to women!]

Can You Hear Your Music?

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Jan 6, 2011 in , , | No Comments

In Life Coach Dan Miller’s article, Is Your Music Still In You?, he quotes

Oliver Wendell Holmes, “Many people die with their music still in them.”

Why is this so? Too often it’s because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out. This could be a wake-up call to unemployed workers, or college grads, who now find themselves questioning what they want to do next.

Research Your Future

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Nov 22, 2010 in , , | 1 Comment


If you haven’t visited your career services office on campus, do take time long before graduation to do so.

Introduce yourself to the staff, let them know you will be stopping in frequently (daily if you are in your last year) and utilize their knowledge. They can assist you in all your job search (and research) needs. Before you get your heart set on a major, you may want to discuss with the career services staff the latest information available regarding your choices. You can also try a career quiz to help determine a career based on your personality and interests. If your first choice seems to have a negative 5 to 10 year projection, it’s best to research your second and third choices, giving you more options. Keep your focus on what transpires as you go through school, monitoring how your field of interest is fairing. Be sure to watch the unemployment rate in the area you wish to eventually settle down in after graduation. Should that unemployment rate remain high, it’s wise to discuss with the career services staff other locations they might suggest you consider, and then research.

Planning Ahead

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Nov 22, 2010 in , , | 1 Comment

Long-Term Career Goals

You’ve worked for good grades in school, joined the Work Experience Program, and have a job. Or perhaps you have focused in on a major and plan to follow that path into a university for your Masters Degree. Maybe you plan to work full-time after you graduate with your two year degree.

Whatever the situation, have you thought much about your long-term career goals? For instance; will the field you’ve chosen be a lucrative one, thriving 5 or 10 years from now? These are important questions that need to be answered. Don’t rely on chance–map out your career future so you know just where you’re headed–planning ahead brings success.

Tips On Choosing a Major

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Nov 5, 2010 in , , | No Comments

Choosing a major can be nerve-racking, but it doesn’t have to be.  Here are some nuggets of advice for undergraduates unsure about the major to choose:

  1. Be practical.  The major you choose impacts the course of your career, so it’s important for your major to correspond to the career you’d like to have.  If you are an undergraduate who’s also unsure about a fitting occupation, you should take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) or look at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS.gov).  The MBTI is a test which gauges your personality ‘type’ and can help you by suggesting occupations fitting that ‘type.’  Moreover, it is simple to take and can make out your ‘type’ with reasonable accuracy.  BLS.gov is a good resource for undergraduates, too.  The site gives labor statistics for each industry and its ‘jobseekers’ webpage has a subsection for students about choosing a job fitting your skills.