1st Edition

The Psychology Student’s Career Survival Guide Here Be Dragons

By Alex Forsythe Copyright 2021
    230 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    230 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Psychology Student’s Career Survival Guide is designed to aid students in identifying their ideal career pathway and imbue them with the right tools and skills to not only achieve their desired job but to progress and thrive within the workplace.

    The first half of the book focuses on how to find and get a suitable job. The remaining chapters explore gaining success in the workplace in terms of personal growth, navigating criticism, workplace relations and the critical job assignments that every graduate should pursue. Forsythe, an experienced organisational psychologist, helps students recognise and apply the acquired psychological skill set to develop a personal brand, increase personal visibility and develop professional networks. This smooths the transition from university into the world of work by developing effective working practices that will support personal performance and that of the workplace. This book can also serve as a practical guide for academics looking to bridge the gap between the developing student at university and demands of their future employers. It explicitly calls for vocational elements such as communication, team-working, goal setting and planning within the curriculum.

    This engaging book comes with an abundance of resources to support students' individual development and to help academics run workshops. These resources include tool kits which include self-diagnostic tools and strengths finders, networking skill development, job search strategies, difficult interview questions, personal branding and so on. This is an essential text for psychology students at all levels looking for employability guidance and for psychology academics who are seeking supportive resources and guidance on helping students achieve their career ambitions.


    1. Here be dragons
    2. My Psychology DNA
    3. Tell me what you want, what you really, really want?
    4. Your personal brand
    5. From applications to interviews that win
    6. Starting work
    7. Good relationships at work
    8. Influence and persuasion
    9. Chart your own course and set sail!



    Alex Forsythe is Professor of Applied Psychology at the University of Wolverhampton, UK; Chartered Psychologist and Chair of Europe’s largest governing body for business psychologists, the Association for Business Psychology. Alex specialises in improving outcomes for high-stakes graduates in the fields of medicine, dentistry and psychology and has been awarded two national awards for outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession: the National Teaching Fellowship and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

    "An invaluable, brilliantly written book full of insight and original ideas for young people hoping to start their first job or already in business life. The Psychology Student's Career Survival Guide gives outstanding advice, tips and actions on how to advance your career in the modern workplace. There is a great deal to think about here. I cannot recommend the book more highly".Peter Saville, Fellow of the British Psychological Society, UK, and Founder and Chairman of the Saville Consulting Group and 10x Consulting, UK

    "The most fun I have had reading an academic text. An honest, entertaining and original resource that will help students with diverse career interests". – Debbie Stevens-Gill, CPsych, SFHEA, University of Wolverhampton, UK

    "This book made the endless list of careers available to a psychology graduate less overwhelming; it offers a simple, less academic guide of how to tackle not only the usual obstacles one is faced with when job hunting, but the extra hoops you may have to jump through after the year 2020. It made me feel less alone in the idea that I have absolutely no idea what I want to do with my life". – Ruby Allgood, Student, University of Liverpool, UK

    "This is the book we all need a practical, research-based guide for psychology students to help develop and market your skills and get that dream graduate job, written in a light-hearted and accessible way". – Julie Hulme, Keele University, UK