Counselling and career development

Job search websites

Job search websites are useful when researching specific job titles linked to different industries. Finding job advertisements that interest you is a worthwhile activity, even if you are not currently applying for jobs. You may not yet be eligible to apply for your dream job, but you can still gain a lot of information that can be applied to your career planning.

You can use this information to make career goals and think strategically about how you can develop experiences which will help you meet more of the selection criteria in the future.

Job search sites include:

Activity: Job search portals

Use the Indeed.co.za website to search for job advertisements that mention the words “[your field of study] graduate”, “[your field of study] degree”.  Write down the job titles that you find. The table below provides examples of job titles found related to "psychology graduate" and "psychology degree".

An example list of job titles related to a bachelor’s degree in psychology:
  • User experience designer
  • Join a Graduate Development Programme / Graduate trainee
  • Recruitment consultant
  • Researcher
  • Community engagement officer

Activity: Job descriptions

Use one of the websites above to search for “[name of your major, e.g. economics]”. Read through at least three advertisements and note the information as per the example.

Example (used indeed.co.za)

Job title

Report writer

Salary

R10 000 per month

Organisation (name, location)

For a psychologist; working hours 8:00-16:00 on Mondays to Thursdays; Cape Town

Responsibilities/ duties/ tasks

Writing reports

Requirements (qualifications)

Honours or Master’s Degree in Psychology; Being a Registered Psychometrist would be an advantage; Experience in report writing and psychometric testing will also be an advantage.

Requirements (experience)

Did not state

Requirements (skills)

  • Writing skills
  • Willingness to adapt to the report template and the use of professional language, learn and become familiar with psychological and medical terms
  • Attention to detail
  • Self-management
  • Excellent reading and writing skills
  • Self-editing skills
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Willing to take and follow instructions, to work in a disciplined and focused way, balanced with the ability to work independently when needed
  • Ability to think and integrate information from multiple records and documents, identify discrepancies
  • Willingness to take and work with feedback, ask for help when required; willing to work and grow from mistakes
  • Honest appraisal of strengths and weaknesses
  • Communicates well
  • Good computer skills (Microsoft Word)
  • Passionate about psychology and personal development
  • Ability to work in a team.

Last modified: 2019/02/27