Originally Posted by ncantone
I'm just finishing up my pre-doc internship and am set to graduate in September with a PsyD. During my job search, I started thinking about job possibilities in the corporate world as a consultant or something. Anyone know of someone who got into consulting right out of school with a PsyD? I know that field is for I/O folks, but I'm curious about the job possibilities and the higher pay.
ime (unrelated to psychology), it is not tremendously difficult (given some
experience, say 2-3 years, and, crucially, an entrepreneurial attitude) to establish oneself as a consultant in the HR world (or indeed, in government/NGO/quangoland). partnering with someone more established in business would help a lot, as would hanging around the right people in general. (you could, for example, team up with your MBA-holding high school buddy, who's been working for the past five years. work for an uncle. nepotism should be your first strategy, vs your last.)
i have seen some fantastically ill-equipped individuals successfully represent themselves as consultants (different field, admittedly). *so* much spin. and (as i'm sure you know) the more the consultant charges, the more convincing his/her authority (maybe especially in government).
concretely: playing up your teaching and project management experience (the last gained through your research)*, and maybe
taking a short course in instructional design/technology or adult education, should get you somewhere
in eg the 'learning and development' field. christ, try that, do a little search for 'learning and development' on indeed.com. it's shocking. a doctoral degree in psychology is absolutely sufficient to perform those tasks; it's all, as i say, a question of perception. re more typical HR functions - have seen life coaches
charge ridiculous amounts of money, and be paid it.
*put these under separate headings on your resume, ie, 'teaching experience' and 'project management experience'. use buzzwords: 'coaching', etc.
edited: just want to offer up some examples of workshoppy-type services I believe a PsyD or clinical PhD with a bit of experience could credibly help with (at least as well as life coaches do), other than learning-related stuff (which, really, I think any PhD ought to be able to do):
- stress management
- "work-life balance"
- mediation & conflict management
- individual goal-setting and performance
- "troublemakers" and victims - bullying; stalking
- probably, at least some forms of vocational assessment (I have been assessed with the bloody Meyers-Briggs
tool in the past)
- layoff trauma/exit transition/counselling*
*This is a vulture's job, if ever there was. But, my last employer paid a guy with a post-BA (college) certificate $5,000 to assist 12 of us in this way (anecdotally). 24 total hours of work for him.