UVA Psychology Alumni
Senior Consultant at IBM
Although I am working in the IT industry, I feel that I have benefited from my past training as a psychology major tremendously. Not only has it satisfied my intellectual curiosity to learn about the world, it has also trained me in a wide range of transferable skills including research, critical thinking, communication and quantitative analysis etc.I have been applying these skills every single day of my work, when I am designing user-experiences, developing digital organization strategies and well as interpreting natural language, personalities and emotions with Cognitive Data Analytics. I am always grateful to the wonderful professors like Prof.Fred Smyth and Prof.Oishi Shigehiro who made my psychology learning one of my fondest memories in UVA.
J.D. Candidate at University of Richmond
My psychology degree directly helped me in the process leading up to law school and will help me during law school and in my career. All of my psychology classes helped with logical reasoning, analytical reasoning, and reading comprehension for the LSAT and for law school. My “Science of Forensic Psychology” class helped to really confirm my interest in the law by showcasing the kind of philosophical questions I might face and the type of work I might do. The class also prepared me for the kind of critical analysis I will do in law school. “Research Methods and Data Analysis” I and II especially helped with my critical thinking as well. Classes such as Social Psychology, Personality Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Child Psychology will help me engage with my clients, other law students and lawyers, and juries and could definitely help if I choose to pursue family law. My Perception and Neural Basis of Behavior classes could especially help with personal injury law. My Science of Well-Being class changed the way I viewed the concept of happiness and will definitely help me make decisions in my law career. My favorite memories were taking "Science of Forensic Psychology" and "Science of Well-Being" as they were both very engaging courses and taught me valuable life lessons.
M.Ed. Canditate in School Counseling, William and Mary
For the past two years I have worked closely with high school students as they pursue their post-secondary plans. My degree in psychology provided me with a lens through which I could understand the students' ways of thinking and addressing situations, how to best motivate and encourage them and, most importantly, how to interact and build relationships with them.
Elementary School Counselor
PhD student in Behavioral Decision Making at the UCLA Anderson School of Management
In graduate school, I am studying how contexts in the environment influence behavior. The experiences from my undergraduate psychology major, the Research Methods and Data Analysis course series, and social psychology research at UVA motivated me to pursue a career in research. I am so grateful for the fantastic training and mentorship I received through the UVA psychology major.