Need psychology help with Assignment 3: Preparing for the Informational Interview

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An
informational interview is a recommended tool for exploring career
options. This assignment is designed to prepare you for an informational
interview of a professional in the field of psychology. You will
conduct this informational interview during Module 2. Here, in Module 1,
you will create a script, design a list of questions, and identify the
person you hope to interview. You also need to schedule the interview.

In M3 Assignment 2 LASA 1, you will submit a written account of the informational interview you conducted with the psychology professional.

You will ask the interviewee to describe the
educational and training steps (the career paths) he or she took to
reach the current position. You will also ask the interviewee to
describe, in some detail, the job responsibilities associated with the
position. The interview must be at least thirty minutes long. Ideally,
it should be conducted in person. If that is not feasible, a phone
interview is adequate.

For this assignment, do the following:

  • Begin to prepare for this informational interview by
    identifying the professional you plan to interview. Ideally, the
    professional should be engaged in a career that you hope to pursue. (You
    may want to identify a second candidate in case your initial choice is
    unable to complete the interview with you.) This professional may work
    in your local area, but that is not necessary. If you cannot identify a
    professional easily, ask your friends and family if they know anyone who
    works in the field of psychology. You may also want to phone your local
    community mental health center or social services agency to ask for
    names and contact information of potential professionals you could
    interview. Contact your facilitator for guidance if you have difficulty
    in identifying someone.
  • Provide the following identifying information about the individual you have selected:
    • The name
    • The job title (licensed psychologist, social worker, or case manager)
    • The level of education (a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree)
    • A description of job responsibilities or day-to-day tasks
    • The type of license, if applicable
    • The state of residence and practice
    • The e-mail address or phone number
  • Develop a list of at least
    fifteen questions to ask in your informational interview. Research
    possible questions to include using the Argosy University online library
    resources and the Internet. Click here
    to download a copy of the “Job Resources” document and save it to your
    computer. Refer to the “Job Resources” document to do an Internet search
    using the search terms “informational interview questions” in order to
    find suggested questions. Be sure to put them into your own words for
    the purpose of this assignment and to give credit to your source by
    using in-text citations and a reference list in APA format.
  • Ask the interviewee about
    his or her work, academic preparation, and advice. In addition, include
    the interviewee’s answers to questions on the following topics:
    • The experience, skills, and knowledge necessary for success in a career in psychology or in graduate school
    • Relevant professional organizations
    • His or her views on professional ethics and academic integrity
    • The role of psychological research in his or her work
    • His or her greatest challenges and rewards
    • His or her reasons for choosing the field
  • Develop a script
    (word-for-word written statement) that you will use during the warm-up
    (meet-and-greet) portion of the interview. What will you say to the
    interviewee when you meet him or her? What will you do? For example,
    will you shake the person’s hand and introduce yourself? Include small
    talk of a professional nature that will serve as an introduction and
    explanation of the purpose of the interview. Demonstrate in your script
    your ability to interact professionally and effectively in a
    professional environment.
  • This assignment is preparatory work for the interview to be conducted later in this course. Do not conduct the interview for this assignment.

Submission Details:

  • Write a 1–2-page paper in Microsoft Word format.
    Apply APA standards to cite sources. Use the following file-naming
    convention: M1_A3_Lastname_Firstname.doc.
  • By Wednesday, December 16, 2015, deliver your assignment to the M1 Assignment 3 Dropbox.
Assignment 3 Grading Criteria

Maximum Points

Identified an appropriate professional who met the requirements for the interview.

12

Gave the necessary identifying information about the professional.

12

Created
a list of at least fifteen questions relevant to the professional’s
career and designed to gather the required information.

28

Created a professional script for the warm-up (meet-and-greet) portion of the interview.

24

Wrote
in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical
scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; and
displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

24

Total:

100

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