Ten principles of success for psychology trainees embarking on their careers

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American Psychological Association


During this challenging and rapidly changing period in the mental health field, one often hears a great deal of concern and pessimism being expressed by psychologists and psychology trainees alike concerning the future of professional psychology. Concerns regarding the impact of managed health care, the availability of jobs, and diminishing career options and opportunities are on the lips of many. The purpose of this brief article is to offer 10 principles to consider for trainees about to embark on their professional careers following internship or postdoctoral training. Although it is a difficult and challenging time to be embarking on a new career in psychology, the rewards and satisfaction of the field can still be enormous. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)