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―You know, it is not one of my priorities right now. I am really interested in determining whether this position is a good fit for me. I am confident that you will offer a fair salary if we decide that there is a mutual fit.‖ The next step in negotiating salary is after you have an offer for the position. In this phase of salary negotiation, you need to be ready to present an argument for your case. If the offer is lower than you expect, then it may be best to respond with your research and the range that you are expecting. You can say something like ―I am really excited that we‘ve found a mutual fit here. However, my research shows that the range for a similar position is between ……. to ………. What are you able to do in that range?‖ The critical pieces of this phase are that you can back up your research, and that you continue to be enthusiastic about this opportunity.
If they are able to meet your needs, then the next step is to get it in writing so that you can review it, and get back to them shortly. If not, you can continue to negotiate. If it is clear that this is their best offer, you will still want to respond with enthusiasm, get it in writing, and take some time to think it over. It may also be appropriate to explore other negotiable items such as vacation time, flexible work schedule, bonuses etc. to get your offer into an acceptable range.
The Differences Between Psy.D’s and Ph.D’s Many graduate students contemplate going on for an advanced degree in psychology and then become confused by the letters Psy.D or Ph.D. The differences are slim to be honest, but there are some. There are also great resources out there to help students understand the differences even further, and then prepare you to apply for one or both of these degree programs.
The Psy.D is a Doctorate of Psychology and the Ph.D is a Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology. The Psy.D emphasizes more clinical skills like how to work with people, and is based on a practitioner-scholar model, and the Ph.D emphasizes more research behind why people do things, and can be seen as more of a scientist-as-practitioner model; utilizing research to help people with their issues.
Because of their emphasis, most Ph.D programs require a Master‘s research project en route to a doctorate. The Psy.D usually requires only a doctoral research project or dissertation. Therefore, when applying to different programs, Ph.D‘s are looking for more research experience than a Psy.D.
As far as entrance requirements go, both degree programs are extremely competitive. Ph.D programs typically have lower enrollment slots available and Psy.D programs tend to have a few more openings. Financial aid is another difference. For some, funding can be better via a Ph.D program due to research grants various faculty members of the program have secured. Psy.D programs typically have less funding available for student support.
Both degrees train you to become a licensed psychologist (given you pass your courses), fulfill your requirements for internships and post-doc hours, and sit for the license exam. To become a licensed psychologist, it is important that you look into accredited schools. By attending an accredited school, pursuing licensure will be a lot easier. A list of accredited schools can be found at: www.apa.org.
When deciding which degree to pursue and what school to attend, think about what area you want to become an expert in. Is it a certain population, theory, diagnosis, etc? Also, research the faculty at the schools you are interested in applying to and see what research they have been conducting or areas of focus their backgrounds include. What letters follow their names?
Also, think about your career goals and what you want to do with your advanced degree. If you want to teach at a traditional four-year college, you will most likely need a Ph.D. If you want to teach at a small, liberal arts school, then the Psy.D would be just fine. If you want to purely work with clients and provide counseling and therapy, run groups or agency programs, then the Psy.D will work. If you like research studies and combining research and therapy, then the Ph.D might be a better fit.
An additional resource that can be helpful is www.gradschools.com; this site helps you learn about a variety of psychology programs and what schools offer what programs. It also has financial aid information, as well as application tips. A good book to invest in is: Graduate Study in Psychology, 2008 Edition, American Psychological Association, ISBN: 1-4338-0128-0, publication date: August 2007.
GSEP Career Services is also available to assist you with the process of applying to advanced degrees. We can review resumes and CV‘s, cover letters and conduct mock interviews tailored to Ph.D or Psy.D interview questions.