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Assignment OverviewYou will go out into the field and interview a professional with a background in or career in psychology or in your majorAsk the individual ALL of the mandatory questions below and at least FIVE of the suggested questions below. Then, generate TWO of your own questions and ask them of your interviewee.Write a brief, informal report of this interview. Include the answers to the questions you obtained from the interview AND include answers to the summary questions given below (these will require you to reflect on your perception of the interview).You can conduct the interview in-person, via remote video chat, through email, or through some other communication medium. However, keep in mind that interviews via email are not usually informative.Mandatory Questions – you must ask the individual ALL of these questionsWhat is your name?What is your title and where do you work?What is your highest earned degree?How long were you in school to obtain this degree?On a scale of 1 to 5, how much of your job is directly related to principles you learned as a psychology major? (Ask the interviewee to be specific in this response).What is the biggest challenge associated with your job?What do you like MOST about your job?If you attended graduate school, please rate the difficulty of the experience on a scale of 1 to 5 (Ask the interviewee to be specific in this response. The goal here is to get information about whether graduate school is for you).If you’re interviewing a therapist, counselor, or social worker: What were the specific certifications you needed to do your job BEYOND earning your degree?Suggested Questions – you must ask the individual as least FIVE of these questionsIf you went to graduate school, what was your undergraduate GPA?Did you end up in the career you intended to when you were getting your degree?If you could “redo” your college career, would you have psychology as your major?How long have you been working in this field?If you’re interviewing a therapist, counselor, or social worker: Do you find yourself having trouble detaching from your patients? When do you know that your caseload is too high?Do you have any advice for someone getting a bachelor’s degree in psychology?YOUR Questions – you must ask the individual at least TWO questions that you generate on your ownQuestion 1Question 2Summary Questions – to be answered by you in your write-up of the interview; you must answer ALL of these questionsDid this interview make you more or less likely to continue down your intended career path? Be thoughtful and thorough in your answer.Did this interview change your perception of graduate school? Did it make you more confident about going or less confident?What did you learn in the interview? Do NOT say “nothing.”Link this interview to at least one other topic you’ve learned in this course this semester. Be specific and clear in your response.Grading and EvaluationThis assignment is worth 20% of your grade in the courseYour grade will be based onFollowing directions (asking all of the mandatory questions, at least FIVE of the suggested questions, two of your own questions, and all of the summary questions)The thoughtfulness of your write-up, especially in the summary section. Be specific and think about the questions you’re being asked.Overall presentation of the write-up (grammar, formatting, etc.)The timeliness of your submission (turning it in by the due date); you will receive a 5% deduction for each day the assignment is submitted late and assignments received more than 7 days past the due date will not be accepted.Tips for Contacting ProfessionalsStart with people you know (parents, friends, former teachers). If they aren’t working in this discipline, there’s a good chance they know someone who is. It’s a very broad field.If you do not know this person on a personal level, please be courteous when you attempt to contact them.In an email, state your name, what you’re trying to accomplish, and an estimate of how much of their time this will take (about 20 minutes). Also include your own contact information.Use full sentences, correct grammar, and proofread any correspondence you have with your potential interviewee. People like to do favors for people who take the time to engage in professional correspondence.Remember, they’re doing YOU the favor.
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What is your name?
Josanne Moonsewah
What is your title and where do you work?
Mrs. Moonsewah
“Currently, I own several store outlets and spas and I am also a therapist by appointment and
referrals.”
What is your highest earned degree?
Master’s in Psychology
How long were you in school to obtain this degree?
“It took about 6 years, four years for my undergraduate degree and 2 years for my masters.”
On a scale of 1 to 5, how much of your job is directly related to principles you learned as a
psychology major? (Ask the interviewee to be specific in this response).
“I would say about 3 however they do not train you for the stories that people come into the
office with”
What is the biggest challenge associated with your job?
“I am a very compassionate person, sometimes I have a bit more concern than I should for my
clients.”
“I always want the best for my patients and I try my best to help them and cure them as soon as
possible.”
“Also, sometimes I need to refer someone to a Psychiatrist because they need further help but
they refuse to because they do not want to take medication. This is a challenge because some of
them need the medication prescribed by a psychiatrist to get better. If they don’t go their
condition only gets worse.
For example, if a person comes to me with signs of depression, I recommend them to a
psychiatrist so they can get meds to cure themselves however if they choose to not go, I cannot
do anything.”
What do you like MOST about your job?
“The thing that I enjoy the most about my job is the fact that I get to see different people every
day. Of course I see them again but in different time periods. If I worked in an office I would see
the same faces and personalities every day. I enjoy working with different people and cases.”
If you attended graduate school, please rate the difficulty of the experience on a scale of 1
to 5 (Ask the interviewee to be specific in this response. The goal here is to get information
about whether graduate school is for you).
“I did attend graduate school, my highest earned degree is my Masters, I took four years to do
my undergraduate degree, and two years to do my masters.
If you’re interviewing a therapist, counselor, or social worker: What were the specific
certifications you needed to do your job BEYOND earning your degree?
“I would say emotional stability. When I am working with clients all day and listening to their
problems, sometimes I forget to have time for myself or even eat lunch because I am so busy.
Also, when people come to me, the appointment time varies depending on the issue. Time
management is key in this field.”
My Questions:
You said you owned restaurant branches as well as a spa, what inspired you to do this
along with your career?
“ Besides having a higher income bracket, sometimes change is good. I do not work on
weekends as a therapist but I would go visit some of my branches on weekends. Also, when I
finished school and moved back home, my parents told me to do something along with
counseling as they were not sure if it would be a success or not”
Were your parents or family members supportive of you pursuing a degree in psychology?
“When I told my parents about my major, they were not too keen in my decision. My father has
businesses and my mother does not work. I told my father about the degree and he said if I did
not get a job when I came back home, that I can work for him. Knowing that I had a second plan
made me feel more confident and comfortable. The rest of my family who were my aunts,
cousins etc, were confused when I said that I am studying psychology. They had a preconceived
notion that this is one of the fields that people go into when they are studying just to have a
degree.”
“After all of this, I proved them wrong and I am successful at what I do.” The same family
members are recommending their friends to me.”
Interview: Josanne Monsewah
I would really like to become a counselor to help those in need. My dream is to go to
great heights in trying my best in my psychology profession. I was privileged to interview
background information on this hard working individual, Josanne Moonsewah.

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