Career Reflection Paper (adapted from Dr. Drew Appleby at UIPUI, used with permission)
You will write an APA-style review paper whose topic is the particular area of specialization in psychology that is of most relevance to the occupation you would like to eventually enter (e.g., industrial/organizational psychology if you want to become a human resources director, counseling if you wish to become a school counselor, and developmental psychology if you would like to own and operate a daycare center). Specific guidance and rubrics for this assignment will be provided in the Assignments area of the classroom.
A title page that includes a running head, the title of your paper, your name, and your institutional affiliation
An abstract that briefly identifies the following six sections of your paper in a clear and succinct manner
The history of this area including its relationship to other areas of psychology and/or other academic disciplines
Two of this area’s psychological theories that are relevant to the work.
Two of the research methods that researchers in this area commonly use to gather data and test hypotheses
A description of two empirical studies from the professional literature of this area and an explanation how the results of each of these studies can or have been used to promote human welfare. The studies must come from a peer-reviewed journal.
A specific occupation in this area that you plan to eventually enter; an accurate description of this occupation, the tasks a person in this occupation is required to perform; and a list of the specific types of knowledge, skills, and characteristics (i.e., work styles) a person needs in order to be successful in this occupation. The information for this section must be gathered from O*NET (http://online.onetcenter.org/) or a similarly credible source that has been approved by the instructor.
An explanation of how you have used specific curricular (e.g., classes) and extracurricular (e.g., internships) opportunities during your undergraduate education to accomplish the knowledge, skills, and characteristics you identified in the previous section.
A reference section containing at least 5 scholarly references (Do not use generic dictionaries/encyclopedias and use only Web sites ending in edu, org, or gov. When in doubt about the scholarliness of a reference, check with the instructor.) You must use at least 4(3 peer-reviewed journal articles. Textbooks should not be used as part of the required sources.
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