Career Opportunities  
How will Cardiff Met support me in career development?

A degree is just the start, and we recognise the importance of career planning and thinking about the future.  Careers sessions are offered at all levels of the programme, and tailored appropriately to the needs of students at all stages of the degree. 

A degree in Psychology develops a number of transferable skills, with our students being highly numerate and literate.  Cardiff Met psychology students develop skills valued by employers, such as writing reports, statistical analysis and delivering oral presentations. As one of our graduates points out:

“The quality of teaching was just so good … It really prepared me for the work I do, and I now realise that the course was designed to give me skills that I wasn’t aware I was getting.” 

More specifically, we offer a popular optional module on Volunteering, which helps students to develop their CVs and professionalism.  Students on this module mentor pupils in schools, supporting and helping in class or providing individual support for children with learning difficulties.  The Centre for Psychology also has links Group 4 Security and local NHS Mental Health Units. 

What are our graduates doing now?

Our graduates develop careers in a wide range of areas, such as:

Clinical Psychology (James Feeney and Emma Booker), Health and Social Care, Health Promotion, Mental Health, Occupational Therapy, Sales and Marketing, Recruitment, Learning Support, Teaching, Police, Civil Service Administration, NHS Administration

Many graduates have gone onto further vocational postgraduate study in:
Occupational Psychology
Clinical Psychology
Health Psychology
Forensic Psychology
Counselling Psychology
Educational Psychology

Or to study for a PhD in a number of areas within Social and Health Sciences.

Where can I get more information about careers in psychology?
The main specialisms in psychology are clinical, counseling, educational, forensic, health, neuropsychology, occupational, sport and exercise, teaching and research. The wide choice of options in the Cardiff Met psychology degree allows you to specialize in any of these areas. Have a look at the British Psychology Society web site to find out more about these areas.

The transferable skills gained from studying psychology prepares graduates for a range of career routes, which you may not immediately think of The Higher Education Academy has gathered together a series of case studies which outline the types of careers that psychology graduates enter.