Careers and Entrepreneurship

Psychology

Find out what you can do with a Psychology degree and what previous graduates have done

Explore your options

Use your degree to get you started. Look at career areas that might fit with what you are studying. Find out about the job roles available, the entry routes and how to gain experience:

PsychologyCivil Service - Social Work and Welfare - HR & Recruitment - Marketing, Advertising and PR - Charity and not-for-profit 

Most graduate opportunities are open to graduates from any degree discipline. If you want to look at other career areas, try looking at our sector guides for information and inspiration.

What do Sussex Psychology graduates do?

Find out what previous Sussex Psychology graduates went on to do.

15 months after graduating in 2018, 85% of respondents from Psychology were in work or further study. 64% of those in work were in graduate jobs.

Here are some examples of job roles, employers and further study that Psychology graduates have gone on to do over the last few years:

Employers: Brighton and Hove Eating Disorder Service - Mind - The Practice MK - McKeown Psychology Associates - Auditory Verbal UK - Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust - Barclays - PwC

Job roles: Assistant PsychologistCivil Service Fast Streamer - Community Wellbeing Manager - Healthcare Assistant - Psychology Graduate Intern - HR Graduate scheme - ResearcherMental Health Support WorkerBusiness AnalystManagement Consultant - Trainee Residential Childcare Worker - Choice Architect - Assurance Associate

Further study: MSc Foundations of Clinical Psychology and Mental Health (Sussex)MSc Marketing and Consumer Psychology (Sussex)PGCert Mental Health Practice (Sussex)MSc Psychology in Fashion (UCL)MSc Mental Health Social Work (University of York)MSc Occupational Therapy (University of Brighton)

More ideas

  • Your degree in Psychology - an in-depth look at relevant job options, career areas and further study, from Graduate Prospects
  • What Our Graduates Do - find out what Sussex Psychology graduates have done (ITS login required)
  • Sussex Connectmake connections with Sussex graduates from around the world. Find out what a job or sector is really like and how they got where they are today
  • University of Sussex Students & Alumni on Linkedin - search Sussex alumni by location, employer, sector, degree subject and skills. Really useful for getting ideas and making contacts (Linkedin login required)
  • Networking and social media - look at different ways to network, from information interviews to social media

Build your experience

Building experience while you are at Sussex will be invaluable when you come to apply for graduate jobs. It can also help you to figure out what you like doing and what sort of things you are good at. Part-time work, insight days, summer internships and placements are a great way to start. You could also try volunteering or joining a student society.

Gaining experience with relevant client groups is key if you want to work as a psychologist and volunteering is a great way to do this. You may also be interested in voluntary (unpaid) psychology placements with the NHS, which are available with Sussex NHS Foundation Trust and the School of Psychology. 

When writing your CV and covering letter for work experience, don't forget about the transferable skills you are developing on your course. Just a few skills you will get from Psychology include analysis, autonomy and interpersonal skills, data analysis and interpretation, ethical ensitivity and awareness, research skills and self-confidence. 

Find out more about identifying and writing about your skills.

Finding opportunities

  • Jobsgopublic - look for psychology/psychologist, mental health, crime, education and other relevant roles
  • NHS Jobs - search for assistant psychologist and trainee psychology wellbeing practitioner roles
  • Charity Jobfor psychology roles, or linked areas like mental health, brain injury, education or crime
  • Graduate jobs, schemes and internships - start here for jobs in the UK and internationally
  • Further study - postgraduate study in Psychology or another subject