In M3: Assignment 2, you will submit a written account of an informational interview you will conduct with a professional in the field of psychology. An informational interview is a recommended tool for exploring career options.

In M3: Assignment 2, you will submit a written account of an informational interview you will conduct with a professional in the field of psychology. An informational interview is a recommended tool for exploring career options.

You will ask the interviewee to describe the educational and training steps (the career paths) taken to reach his or her current position. You will also ask the interviewee to describe, in some detail, the job responsibilities associated with those positions. The interview must be at least 30 minutes in length. Ideally, it should be conducted in person. If that is not feasible, a phone interview is adequate.

For this assignment, do the following;

Begin to prepare for this informational interview by identifying the professional you plan to interview. Ideally, the professional should be engaged in a career that you hope to pursue. (You may want to identify a second candidate in case your initial choice is unable to complete the interview with you.) This professional may work in your local area, but that is not necessarily required. If you cannot identify a professional easily, ask your friends and family if they know anyone who works in the field of psychology. You may also want to phone your local community mental health center or social services agency to ask for names and contact information of potential professionals you could interview. Contact your facilitator for guidance, if you have difficulty identifying someone.

Provide the following identifying information about the individual you have selected:
His or her name
Job title (licensed psychologist, social worker, or case manager)
Level of education (bachelor’s, master’s, or a doctoral degree)
Description of job responsibilities or day-to-day tasks
Type of license, if applicable
State of residence/practice
E-mail address or phone number

Develop a list of at least ten questions to ask in your informational interview. Research possible questions to include using the Argosy University online library resources, and the Internet. You can also refer to the Job Resources document which can be downloaded from the sidebar. You may want to do an Internet search using the search terms, “informational interview questions” in order to find suggested questions. Be sure to put them into your own words for the purposes of this assignment and to give credit to your source by using in-text citations and a reference list in APA format.

This assignment is preparation work for the interview to be conducted later in this course. Do not conduct the interview for this assignment.

Write a 1–2-page paper in Word format. Apply APA standards to citation of sources. Use the following file naming convention: LastnameFirstInitial_M1_A3.doc. For example, if your name is John Smith, your document will be named SmithJ_M1_A3.doc.

Job Search Resources
Career Information:

National Association of Colleges and Employers. (2011). Your rights and responsibilities as a job seeker. Retrieved from http://www.naceweb.org/playing_fair/

National Association of Colleges and Employers. (2011). Retrieved from http://www.naceweb.org/Home.aspx

National Center for O*NET Development. (2011). Interest Inventory and Career Information. Retrieved from http://www.mynextmove.org/

Lloyd, M.A. (1997, July 16). Entry level positions obtained by psychology majors. Psych Web! Retrieved from http://www.psywww.com/careers/entry.htm
Recommended Book:

American Psychological Association (APA). (2011). Career Paths in Psychology: Where Your Degree Can Take You, Second Edition. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/pubs/books/4313008.aspx
APA Guide for Careers in Psychology:

American Psychological Association (APA). (2011). Careers in Psychology. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/careers/resources/guides/careers.aspx#

American Counseling Association. (2011). Your Counseling Career. Retrieved from http://www.counseling.org/careercenter/
APA Articles about non-academic psychologist positions:

American Psychological Association (APA). (2011). Non-Academ


 

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