Hayden Finch, 2009

Psychologist, Innovative Learning Professionals, Des Moines, IA

How has being a P&N graduate helped shape your professional success?

Going to Duke, I was able to conduct original research that led to a first-author publication. This is an experience most people don't get until graduate school (or even after) and made me much more competitive for graduate school than I otherwise would have been. I firmly believe if I had not gone to Duke, I would have had to spend another couple of years working in a research lab after undergrad before I would have been competitive for grad school.

What advice would you give students in Psychology?

Although I ended up using my psychology degree to actually be a psychologist, this is very rare. Most people use the degree to pursue careers in widely varying fields, so think broadly about how the knowledge gained in psychology could prepare you occupationally.

Hayden Finch, 2009