Alumni Quotes

How is your Psychology major helpful in your current occupation?

To understand people and their differences, to be aware of the human progression and the different stages that individuals go through in life. (1998)

Through psychology I can now have a better perspective of helicopter parents, I can assess the type of aid a student needs without the student telling me, and fulfill those needs (whether it’s counseling, how to better prepare for college admissions, or how to better the transition between HS and college) (2004)

I teach several social sciences including human geography, so there are many similarities between psychology and other courses I teach. Naturally, any academic training I have is going to be helpful. (1993)

The training I was given in the field of research helped me to obtain this job and excel in it. Also, training in general psychology has helped me to relate to and better understand the approximately 30,000 patients that I manage care for. (2001)

I am in sales and project management dealing with internal employees, customers, and vendors. The tools I learned from The PLNC Psych program are helpful in understanding the different personality types I encounter as well as adjusting my approach to those people to attain the end results I need. (1995)

It will help me very much when I begin working with individuals of all populations. With my classroom studies and personal experience in practicums I have a firm foundation of one's behaviors and motivations. This knowledge will assist me in assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of my clients once I am in the field. In addition, I gained the skills of group facilitation which will be invaluable in my profession. (2003)

Group Dynamics and Neuropsychology (1995)

I suppose at its most basic level Psychology has taught me that people are individuals and this means they require my full attention if I am to understand them as they are communicating with me. I have learned that many disagreements are developed out of a lack of understanding rather than true conflict. This has allowed me to slow down my reactions to people and to listen instead. (2006)

Insight into human development and behavior gives me some tools as a new mother and in working for our church (1999)

Psychology has helped me be able to read patients more accurately so I can respond to their needs in a more appropriate way. I am also able to give a better listening ear than most of our technicians because of my background in learning how to listen to people. (2006)

Solid clinical foundation and taught the basics of making assessments (1999)

I interact w/ a diverse group of people, from offenders to judges, and my psychology degree has given insight into dealing with people in all different situations. In addition, my degree allows me a certain level of understanding of various treatment programs or mental health issues faced by those in the criminal justice system. (1999)

Understanding a 2 year old (1993)

Allowed me to earn my commission in the military and I receive an educational pay out from the county. (1992)

I work with seniors, so I often draw upon the course in Developmental Adulthood. (2000)

I think having a psych background helps people no matter what field of work they go into. In the world of strategic planning as it relates to the Navy, I use my background in psych as we are looking to better optimize our program office. I am interfacing with my clients daily getting them to openly discuss issues that are not working well; to then move towards a solution. As well as how to better improve areas that are functioning. (2004)

Psychology is helpful in daily life no matter what you do. If you interact with people at all, psychology is helpful. (2006)

I think in general my psychology degree helped me to understand different personality types and that is huge when you are working with vendors/employees and such. (1995)

Child development theory and possible deficiencies in development; understanding how different personalities work together (1998)

1) People skills 2) Leadership skills (2000)

It doesn't necessarily help me with my job occupation, but it definitely helps me as a parent understand my children. (2001)

It provided me with all the prerequisite courses I needed for grad school, so I could begin graduate coursework immediately. It also gave me a good general foundation for grad school. (1999)

It helps to have the background knowledge in my social work classes. (2004)

It provided me with a strong foundation to build upon in grad school. (2003)

Understanding how kids learn and how to help them best, working with adults in terms of leadership and communication (2002)

I work with children so child development has come in very handy. (2000)

I am further encouraged to continue my education and training in the field! (2005)

Pre-knowledge on some of the ways people learn and ideas on what different possible deeper issues could be leading to me being a more understanding teacher (2001)

Understanding and Experience (2004)

I understand how the people around me are operating (2003)

Being forced through testing, measurements, stats, etc., gave me a great foundation for being able to think critically and analyze data. The general psych, personal development, personality, theology/psych, and developmental courses helped me develop an appreciation for individual nuances and common human experiences. I take this to work everyday as I interact with peers, select candidates for positions, and provide resources for development personally and professionally. (1999)

Communication and creating interpersonal relationships (2001)

Understanding of disorders and treatments. Physiology and function of the brain. Balance between treating people with medication vs. behavior modification or psychotherapy. (2004)

It was the foundation for graduate school and I still use concepts and ideas I learned on a daily basis. (2000)

Maybe most important is Maslow's hierarchy of needs. As a teacher I need to make sure in any way that I can that my student's basic needs are met if I expect them to learn anything. Teaching in such a ghetto area, the best thing I can do for them is to create an environment that lowers their affective filters so that they can feel safe and comfortable. How I handle behavior issues in the classroom. Students act out (transfer) many of the issues they have on me because I am the most stable person in their life. Psychology helps me to understand that how they act out is just a front to push me away. (2001)

I do a lot of counseling with middle school and high school students. (2000)

My psychology training helps me understand my clients. It has given me the ability to have my clients "buy-in" to me by being able to overcome their obstacles and walls they have up. In sales, it is all about building a relationship with the Doctors. I use psychology to understand my clients and establish that relationship. (2003)

I was able to conduct research and complete poster presentations. I received experience working with youth through a practicum experience I completed with the juvenile probation department. (1998)

As a behavioral specialist that went into clients’ homes to do cognitive and behavioral interventions with at-risk adolescents I felt well prepared to meet their needs because of my earlier experience with youth at a day treatment that was done through PLNU's practicum placement. (2006)

It has helped me to understand more of abnormal behaviors with my clients. Also it has helped me with being aware of transference issues I may have. (1999)

It has given me an open door to placement exams. Also, it has helped me to better understand what answers interviewers and exams are searching for, and helps me to understand and cope with the daily idiosyncrasies of my husband’s behavior :). (2006)

I teach Advanced Placement Psychology. Majoring in Psychology at PLNU has given me a contextual knowledge base that is simultaneously much broader and more detailed than that of many of my colleagues. In particular, my experiences in undergraduate research (poster presentations at RMPA and WPA) have played a key role in inspiring me to integrate research design into my curriculum. My AP students conduct their own beginning-to-end experimental designs as a final project. (1997)

My main responsibility at my company is media buying and creating ads so my studies in the way people think/behave have helped me create more effective ads. I am also responsible for market research and researching perceptions on our products. I have been using concepts that I learned in my research classes for many of these research projects. I also meet with many people whether it is one on one or in small groups. The concepts I learned in my small group class and counseling classes have helped me to be a better listener and taught me how to communicate my ideas more effectively. (2004)

I am currently enrolled in a Teaching Credential Program, and I do not have to take one of the classes because I took it in college. Also, I feel I have a better grasp on relationships, which helps me in my marriage, learning styles, which helps with teaching and tutoring, and many other things. (2005)

Working with students with disabilities and working in the counseling center, encountering students with psychological distress, it is invaluable to me to have a background in psychology. My major equipped me with the skills to interact with these students and empathize with them. I have not started my chosen career (as a school counselor) but I'm sure when I get that far, the skills I learned in undergrad will carry through. (2006)

Knowing how to work well with people, helping them embrace change and confront anxiety concerning changes (2005)

I deal with people everyday and my Psychology background helps in reading personalities and understanding what my customers are looking for. (1991)

I was given the tools to work in a field - using my education in neurophysiology, learning theory. (2003)

I am a psychologist. That pretty much covers it. (1992)

Overall my graduate experience was no where near as difficult as my undergraduate work. Additionally, many of the assignments completed at PLNU I was able to reuse and I was overall more prepared than many of my peers. (2002)

My psychology major (as was my intent) is the foundation of who I am, how I live and parent and grow in my personal life and marriage everyday. It was the beginning of what has become a very intentional life for my family. I greatly appreciate all that I learned. (1999)

Of course, my psych background is clutch for my psychiatry course! I also find I have an easier time interviewing patients and reading people than most of my peers. Also, the neuropsych course put me far ahead of the curve heading into my neuroscience course last year, and I anticipate the same when I start neuropath in a couple weeks. (2003)

I learned how people think and how people learn. I learned to look beyond what people say and how they act to what may really be going on in their lives. My PSY research project on learning styles was also really helpful. (2004)

It provided a solid base to further pursue a graduate degree, which is absolutely necessary to perform my work. (1997)

Everything I do with my clients revolves around psychology. (2003)

I'm passing on to others the wise and meaningful concepts I was taught. (2003)

Excellent background in neuropsychology, and emotional disturbances. (1994)

The undergraduate degree in psychology helped tremendously with graduate studies. Having a good background in the studies of psychology. (1994)

Learning about child development and family dynamics. (2005)

Has helped me with my kids and also to work with people and clients (2001)

(1)Counseling skills and (2)providing a frame of reference when dealing with individuals who are simply behaving in a criminal/delinquent manner and ascertaining issues before a psychological evaluation has been completed by the forensics staff. (1995)

For obvious "psychology" reasons. Helped form different areas in which I wanted to work in. Encouraged me to branch out in different fields which helped me decide the career route. (2002)

The psychology major helped me to prepare for graduate school. It also gave me small group counseling experience that I am able to use to this day. (2001)

Counseling mentors regarding problems with their matches; comprehension of the population of children our agency provides mentors for (emotionally disturbed, violent environments, drug use, child abuse, low income, mental disturbances, medication, learning disabilities, etc.) (2005)

Strong in child and adolescent development
The classes I took on special education from the education dept. (1996)

Understanding of people (1995)

Most of the work I have done up to now has involved survey work. I had a very good foundation in developing, designing, and analyzing surveys. (1995)

I'm continuing my education in psychology. (2006)

I have understood the material we cover much more thoroughly in my M.Ed. of College Student Affairs Program, we have talked about Erikson, and Piaget, etc. (2006)

Excellent foundation (1998)

I work directly in the field of mental health, my Psychology major was essential to working in this field. (1994)

It prepared me to teach the subject matter. (2002)

Helps me think more objectively about the people I come into contact with at my job. (2005)

My psychology major is not too helpful in my occupation, but it has been and continues to be very helpful in life in general and as such, I value it very highly. (2005)

All classes focusing on practical meaning of principles--rather than learning DSM IV for its own sake--have been helpful. (2002)

Provided the base of my knowledge for much of the information I teach my students. (1998)

Resolving employee relations issues. (1997)

Very helpful in developing discernment necessary for spiritual counseling (1996)

My psychology major and graduate degree training and education have given me the tools to effectively read and understand people's needs and expectations. I have developed skills that are crucial to sales: knowing how to build rapport, creating a relationship of trust and value, being an effective communicator, and knowing how to resolve conflict. (2003)

Each day working with adolescent girls in dealing with the trauma in their life and overcoming it (1997)

I am a psychotherapist in private practice thus use my training especially pertaining to reading and understanding literature in the field. Case in point is that I understand statistics, proper research as well as theories on the brain and its relation to personality. (1995)

It helps me to take care of my patients not only with their physical needs, also with their emotional/psychological needs. (1999)

It has helped me to be more tolerant of people's odd/annoying behavior. (2004)

It is largely social work and family intervention... learning about relating to and helping people and especially families has been beneficial for me. (2005)

Employee relations cases that are employee development related. Assisting and counseling individuals with their career path. (1995)

Understanding individuals I work with as well as the general public on a deeper level. I have the awareness to be sensitive in situations where mental illness is involved. (2005)

My psychology major provided me with the basic building blocks that I needed in order to jump into a masters program. Without the training that I received in behavioral psychology, neuropsych, abnormal psych and research, I would have been completely lost. (2004)

I had several textbooks assigned in my graduate program that I was familiar with from various PLNU psychology department classes. I also felt that the rigor of PLNU's psychology department adequately prepared me for graduate school coursework. Internship experience at Point Loma introduced me to the non-profit world so that I was prepared for my graduate level internship. (2004)

I deal a lot with people and often have to use counseling and diagnosing skills. (2003)

I am a teacher and work with children and their families everyday. Though I am not directly counseling them, I use it in my work. (2005)

I can better understand people because I am aware of how people grow and mature. I am able to connect with people because I have learned how to empathize with them and how to communicate and actively listen to people. (2005)

I think it has helped me become a better person overall, but specifically for my work with autism it gave me knowledge and appropriate tools to work with in my field. (2006)

I understand the therapeutic approach used to address developmental delays, namely applied behavior analysis. (2005)

Gave me interesting topics to discuss with co-workers. (2002)

I use the skills I learned to help me deal with the students. (2003)

General understanding of Child Development (2001)

Having knowledge of child development has been completely essential in the fields I am working in and I believe I learned a lot in that class! (2005)

Dealing with people in the workplace - understanding others' personality differences and how that motivates the way we interact with each other. The company I work for also designs special needs facilities for school districts and I've been able to educate the Architects on the nature of autism, etc. and assist with the design concepts. (2004)

I believe having a Psychology background is helpful anytime you are dealing or working with people. (2001)

My background in psychology helped with testing and interviewing candidates. It has also been beneficial when meeting with clients and assessing their needs and best fit scenarios. (2002)

Most trainers I work with have a psychology degree. Operant and classical conditioning models are the foundations of the training that is done at the NMMP. (2002)

Writing skills; general awareness of personality types (1995)

An understanding of basic adolescent psychology is absolutely crucial to be able to work with students this age. It is also critically important to understand the impact of social psychology at this age, as well as the dynamics of family systems. (1991)

My Psychology major is helpful in all areas of life and was helpful in my previous job as a School Based Counselor. (2001)

Writing Skills - practical knowledge i.e. 499 (2005)

Child Development, Attachment theories, learning the basics of play therapy (1998)

Any time work involves interpersonal communication, motivation of employees, conflict resolution and other relational aspects my psychology background has been very helpful (1998)

The integrative focus (interrelating psychology and theology) was helpful in fostering critical thinking skills and perspective-taking. The small class size and approachable faculty helped me get personal interaction and research involvement that was formative, setting the stage for further research involvement in grad school and my current position. The willingness of faculty to discuss developmental/spiritual issues was helpful. (1999)

Character analysis is a major part of understanding any person or personality I hope to emulate and realistically portray on stage. (2005)

This degree helps me work with children from the inner city. They come to me with home and social issues. (1997)

I had a stronger background to use as a resource. (2002)

Understanding the dynamics of counseling youth. (2002)

I also learned important info and some counseling techniques in undergrad that I use now in my job with kids. (2003)

Understanding people. Personal relationships. (1999)

It helped me understand the complexities of families and individuals with severe stress and emotional problems. (2003)

It helps me understand people better, especially my abnormal psychology class because we do get a lot of clients that have a lot of issues and with psychology I can understand what’s going on with them. (2006)

I have, since my love of Psychology began, believed that Psychology is as fundamental to have an understanding of like math and English. It helps with dealing with others as well as one's self. (2000)

In dealing with others in a business environment. Identifying personality types and being able to adjust my own behavior to create a positive work environment. (1991)

Helps me be an active listener to students' needs, and gives me tools to understand and encourage them to meet their potential. (2004)

I needed it to even get through the door to apply for grad school, also I was prepared when in grad school. I didn't feel like there were gaps in my education. (1994)

1. Ability to relate and understand diversity in people's thinking processes.
2. Insight into Personality Characteristics and how to work within groups of various personalities. (2004)

Education and credibility (2000)

I counsel high school special education students. (2003)

Have a good read on People (1998)

Knowledge of probation/parole courses, I was very active in internships, which was very helpful. (1990)

I have an understanding of people and personalities that helps me work effectively with colleagues and the students that come into my office. (2003)

It provided the foundation that I needed in order to qualify me for the Master's program in counseling psychology that I applied for. (1993)

Helping me understand others (2005)

Helpful to be empathetic and a counselor within the workplace and helpful to be able to see where people came from (1999)

Child Development Knowledge, Critical constructive thinking regarding relationship issue fulfillment (2003)

Past occupation (Human Resources Manager) I managed people including mediation and counseling. (2000)

I have been able to use my psychology major using the things I learned in the counseling courses as well as being able to recognize classic signs of mental disorders. (2004)

My psychology degree gave me a great foundation for my graduate degrees in psychology and public health. I found that I knew a great deal more psychological theory than my peers entering graduate school. (1996)

Psychology is always useful when raising children! It doesn't hurt in the marriage department either. Prior to being a homemaker, I was a social worker for 12 years. My psychology degree helped greatly in that field, especially during my 5 years as an Adult Protective Services Investigator. (1990)

I am constantly pulling information I have learned in all of my Psych classes. From stereotypes, to neurology, general psych, to child.....all of it! It's great to have my books and notes to look back on for a quick refresher. (2004)

Prepared me well for graduate school in counseling (2001)

Helps me relate with all types of people and predict some behavior. (2003)

I often times know why people act the way they do, or at least can come up with a reason or two. Also, it helps me understand that attitudes, feeling, and actions are all a result of one's thoughts (beliefs). (2004)

My degree has helped me gain insight into my students’ motivation for starting or returning to school. I am also better able to adapt to the varying needs of my students. (1994)

Simply in working and dealing with people on a daily basis. I think a background in PSY is extremely helpful in understanding others; knowing their tendencies and the motivations for their actions definitely gives a competitive edge in business. (2005)

Understanding people, reading people, knowing better how to interact, and overall my outlook on the world was influenced by my Degree at PLNU (2002)

Psychology gave me a better understanding of people and problems they face psychologically. This has made me more empathetic toward people. (1994)