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CAREERS IN PSYCHOLOGY – FINAL INTERVIEW PROJECT
STEP 1: FINDING THE INTERVIEWEE
Suggestions…
 Call the psych department (at FIU) and ask for the contact information of a person in your
specific field. There are career advisors in the main office that might be able to direct you.
 Google the career and contact people practicing in your area. Politely ask the staff if anyone
would be able to answer some questions for a school project on a career in that field.
o Note: FIU has many mental health resources on campus. You can try contacting CAPS,
the medical school, career services, or the Center for Children & Families for help.
o You can also look for faculty via the FIU psychology website that have research interests
in the area you’re looking to work in.
 Utilize the discussion board (on Canvas) to network with other students who have done this
project. If you’ve had success finding someone to interview, please help your fellow students in
doing the same.
 If you still can’t find a professional to interview, contact me.
STEP 2: ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS
Please remember when you’re conducting your interview to be as polite and respectful as possible. The
person you’re interviewing is donating their time and knowledge to you, and you should be sure to
thank them for doing so.
Do ask…
 What made you choose this career path?
 What advice do you have for those hoping to enter this career path?
 What were some obstacles you faced upon graduating from college?
 Does your career require graduate school? What programs would be acceptable?
 Is there anything you wish you would have done differently?
 Is it difficult to find a job in this area?
 What is a typical work week like?
Etcetera, depending on the field and what you’re interested in.
Don’t ask…
 What is your salary?
 Can you get me a job?
 Anything else that’s rude or invasive!
STEP 3: WRITING THE PAPER
Your paper should be about 3 pages in length and follow standard APA formatting. I will not be grading
for formatting in general, but if your paper is illegible and full of grammar errors you will receive some
sort of penalty. In the paper you should go over
 The questions that you asked, the interviewee’s answers, and your reaction/reflection to/upon
these answers.
 How your view of the career you chose has changed upon completing the interview: did it
reinforce your desires to attain this career, or deter you from pursuing it? How?
 A list of things that you will need to do to realistically attain this career (or the new career you’re
interested in, if you’ve decided this one isn’t for you).
 The contact information for your interviewee, including name, job title & company, level of
education completed, and a phone number or email address where they can be contact
STEP 3: WRITING THE PAPER
Your paper should be about 3 pages in length and follow standard APA formatting. I will not be grading
for formatting in general, but if your paper is illegible and full of grammar errors you will receive some
sort of penalty. In the paper you should go over
 The questions that you asked, the interviewee’s answers, and your reaction/reflection to/upon
these answers.
 How your view of the career you chose has changed upon completing the interview: did it
reinforce your desires to attain this career, or deter you from pursuing it? How?
 A list of things that you will need to do to realistically attain this career (or the new career you’re
interested in, if you’ve decided this one isn’t for you).
 The contact information for your interviewee, including name, job title & company, level of
education completed, and a phone number or email address where they can be contact

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