Making connections while online

While completing your courses online, you want to make sure your not only gaining relevant experience, but making connections with professionals who can vouch for your ability to attend graduate school.

To get closer with a faculty member in the psychology department, you can ask them about being a Teaching Assistant from a distance. If you have a 3.0 UCF GPA, and earned an A in that psych class that you want to TA for, you can ask the professor if they have the availability. While you’re doing well in your courses, be sure to reach out to your professors to talk about the material to show you’re interested and willing to learn more. If the professor says you can TA for them, just forward their yes to the advising center and we will get you enrolled for the 3 credit PSY 4942 Teaching Assistant course that you take along with helping the professor.

You can connect with professionals in the field in your place of work, volunteer, or internship that is relevant. You need to gain this experience anyways to show that this is the right path for you, but your supervisor is oftentimes someone that can write a letter of recommendation for you.

If you work full time, make sure it’s in a career that is relevant or that you’re spending time volunteering in a field that is related to what you want to go into. If not, you can consider changing careers- there are jobs posted on CareerShift that you search for after making an account:

Check out our webpage on relevant experience to learn more about the TA opportunity and more: http://sciences.ucf.edu/psychology/undergraduate-advising/opportunities-in-psychology/internships/

Check out our information on gaining letters of recommendation as well: http://sciences.ucf.edu/psychology/undergraduate-advising/preparing-for-graduate-school/letters-of-recommendation/

As always, talk with psychadvising@ucf.edu if you have additional questions!

-Erin

Getting involved as an online student

How do you get involved when you live so far away from UCF? Use the internet!

Do a general search of the career field you are interested in and include your location. For example: Sports Psychology, Miami FL.

Try to contact with people who are in the career you have in mind. Ask if you can meet with them to do an “informational interview” to learn more about that career. Some example interview questions are here. Maybe one of your questions could be, “what are some internship opportunities I should be looking for?” Who knows, maybe they are in need of an office assistant and you can gain experience with them?

Anywhere you can volunteer with your relevant clientele is a great way to get experience. What nonprofit organizations around you work with children, veterans, abused women, mental health, drug abuse, etc?

You have to remember a degree alone will not land you a job nor will it get you into a graduate program. You need to have relevant connections that can write you letters of recommendation and help mentor you. Remember, this is not just a line on your resume/CV, you also need that experience to help you decide which path is right for you. You don’t want to say, “yes I am going to be a Mental Health Counselor”, if you’ve never met one and got to see what their life is like!

Keep searching, and keep asking!

Good luck!

-Erin

If you have specific questions about this blog post or about being an online Psych major, email us at psychadvising@ucf.edu with the title “online advising”

Getting Started: Psych B.S. at UCF Online

Are you interested in completing your Psychology degree online through UCF?

Start with reading the requirements for a Psych degree at UCF from the Undergraduate Catalog!

To complete the Psych B.S. fully online, you need to have already completed your A.A. degree as recognized as UCF’s General Education Program from a Florida State institution. Also keep in mind, that UCF may not have your requirements of College Level Foreign Language, 2 science/math electives, Biology requirement, and Statistics requirement available online, so be sure to complete those before transferring to UCF.

Once you’re ready, apply through UCF Admissions!

-Erin

If you have specific questions about this blog post or about being an online Psych major, email us at psychadvising@ucf.edu with the title “online advising”