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.

The Career Services Office

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Sep 26, 2011 in , , | No Comments

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

Introduce yourself to the staff, let them know you will be stopping in frequently (weekly, if not daily in your last year) and utilize their knowledge. They can assist in all your job search (and research) needs.

Before getting your heart set on a major, you may want to discuss with the career services staff the latest information available regarding your choices. If your first choice seems to have a negative 5 to 10 year forecast, it’s best to research your second and third choices–giving you more options. Consider taking a short career quiz to help narrow down the set of possible career options.

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.

Green Industry Engineers Wanted

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Apr 28, 2011 in , , | No Comments

Undecided about your major and future career?

Consider going green.

In The Economist, Oliver Morton sites the world has a shortage of “green engineers.” Morton states, “The commitments already made by some large economies require an extremely large capacity to get new energy systems in place quickly. That includes making sure that there are the people around to design and build them.”

Why the shortage of people? Very few Western countries are producing engineers. But without strong government funding of research on the table, Morton believes that won’t help to captivate students to enter this field. However, the future job opportunities might entice them. With the solar and wind industries beginning to benefit from government programs, those industries will be competing for engineers and designers.

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.

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.