5 Resources for Networking in the Psychology Field
By: Jenna Savage
If you are planning to establish a career in the field of psychology, one of the best ways to give yourself an advantage over your peers is to network. By establishing connections with psychology professionals, potential employers, and even psychology instructors, you can open up your world to include multiple avenues for finding employment. Often, the right connections can help you get a foot in the door with companies, graduate schools, and research departments. Though networking does take some time and effort, the Internet provides some easy means through which you can reach out to others within your field. Listed below and five resources with which you can become affiliated, so as to improve your networking prospects.
- LinkedIn. One of the most popular social networking websites for professionals, LinkedIn gives users the opportunity to create a profile and fill it in with information from their resumes, like work experience and skills. It puts professionals in touch with each other and allows users to join groups relevant to their professional interests. It also allows individuals to vouch for each other’s experiences. It is a great starting point for up-and-coming professionals.
- American Psychological Association. You have to become a member with this association in order to reap the benefits, but it can be worth it, if you plan on becoming a psychology professional in the future. Members of the American Psychological Association get subscriptions to journals and online databases, and are also awarded with networking opportunities, including a discount to an annual convention. It’s a good place for professionals to connect and to stay informed on psychology news and studies.
- Association for Psychological Science. In addition to providing normal membership, the Association for Psychological Science also has a student caucus, which allows students to network with each other and keeps students up-to-date on a variety of issues relevant to the psychology student experience. Members also have access to journals and conferences.
- Networking For Professionals. This social networking website allows users to upload resumes and connect with people within their fields. It puts business professionals in contact with each other, and also provides face-to-face networking events for its members.
- Xing. Xing is another social networking website geared toward professionals. It gives users the opportunity to connect with each other and with companies. It keeps its users involved with industry news, and also assists users in finding jobs. In addition, it holds local events, conferences, and training opportunities.
This is by no means an exhaustive list – there are many other resources for interacting with professionals within the psychology field. Check your college or university to see if there are any clubs, associations, or career fairs that you can attend. Also look into making connections on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking websites – just be sure not to post anything questionable if you do. A little research can go a long way when it comes to establishing connections.