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Non-academic Careers for Psychologists

Friday, November 17, 2017,
  • Location: Wilson Hall • 111 21St Ave S • Nashville, TN 37240
  • Room: Room 126

Robert Rauschenberger

Exponent Inc.

Non-academic Careers for Psychologists

As someone who had started his professional trajectory as an academic cognitive psychologist, I have, over the years, acquired a number of lessons learned and best practices across different areas of employment outside of academia that I would like to impart to other academic psychologists flirting with the idea of transitioning out of academia.  Topics covered in my talk include: the non-academic landscape, how to conduct a job search, obstacles one might encounter during one’s pursuit of non-academic jobs, how to tailor one’s resume to specific non-academic jobs, a word about the timing of one’s application, tips on interviewing, and some words about “research” and “publications” outside of academia.  I will deliberately keep the formal part of the talk brief, to provide everyone with an opportunity to ask follow-up questions.  (Hint: please come armed with questions!)  My aim is not to recruit talent away from academia but to provide someone who is exploring the possibility of a career change a (hopefully) unbiased perspective on the true color of the proverbial grass on the “other side,” and to provide guidance on how to get from one side to the other with as few bruises as possible.