Psychology Down Under: Career Training Decisions of Australian Psychology Graduates

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Lancaster, Sandra and Smith, David (2004) Psychology Down Under: Career Training Decisions of Australian Psychology Graduates. North American Journal of Psychology, 6 (1). pp. 71-84. ISSN 1527-7143


Professional psychology practice in Australia is entered via postgraduate coursework degrees or a 4-year undergraduate degree followed by a 2-year 'apprenticeship' involving supervised practice. Information about students' preferences for these alternatives is vital to strategic planning and the future development of the profession. This study provides a profile of Australian 4th year psychology graduates and their decision making about entry to professional practice. Results indicate a strong demand for both pathways, and a preference for clinical psychology amongst the specialisations. Student academic achievement differed according to pathway entered, and for those in postgraduate study, selections were most strongly influenced by course profile and university status. The implications of these results for future training and employment of psychologists are discussed.

Item type Article
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Historical > FOR Classification > 1702 Cognitive Science
Keywords ResPubID10068, psychology graduates, students, career path
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