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Why employers value psychology graduates

Thinking about and understanding the skills or competences you have developed during your Cambridge degree is a fundamental aspect of career planning. You will find useful information via the Cambridge Skills Portal.

Employers tell us that they are looking for candidates that can show that they have the following skills:

  • Willingness to learn
  • Research, analysis and evaluation ability
  • Curiosity
  • Self-motivation and desire to achieve
  • Teamwork
  • Communication skills (oral and written)
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Problem solving
  • Initiative and creativity
  • Time management producing work to deadlines, and prioritising

A Psychological and Behavioural Sciences graduate will have all of these and more. Through your studies you can:

  • Communicate effectively, both face-to-face or in writing
  • Conduct primary research
  • Understand, analyse and use complex qualitative and quantitative data
  • Retrieve and organise information from different sources
  • Handle primary source material critically
  • Engage in effective team work
  • Solve problems and reason scientifically to consider alternative approaches and solutions
  • Make critical judgements and evaluations to gain different perspectives on a question
  • Be sensitive to contextual and interpersonal factors, including behaviour and social interaction
  • Use personal planning and project management skills to become more independent and pragmatic
  • Be computer literate