'13, BA, Psychology
United Way Americorps Graduation Coach
Spring Elementary, Toledo Public Schools
An individual who has achieved a bachelor’s degree in psychology can choose to enter the career field or pursue a graduate degree. Job possibilities fall into several categories depending on the level of education achieved.
- Clinical psychologist
- Health psychologist
- Counseling psychologist
- Developmental psychologist
- Forensic psychologist
- Industrial-organizational psychologist
- School psychologist
- Social psychologist
Nicole Cappelletty’s post-bachelor’s position offers her the opportunity to hone her skills and gain essential professional development. As one of two United Way Americorps Graduation Coaches at Spring Elementary, Nicole handles case management and other duties for 20 students. “My role is to work with 6th, 7th and 8th graders on their academics, provide after-hours tutoring if necessary, monitor their grades and attendance, and connect with family members to provide access to United Way resources.”
Spring Elementary is a new member of Toledo Public School’s Young Women of Excellence program which assists students who are below the poverty line and connects girls with the Girl Scouts to help develop their leadership skills. “The position is really challenging and rewarding. I enjoy the variety of tasks whether I am in the classroom, shadowing the students, working with them individually or in group situations, or coaching them. I can already see the positive change in their behavior. In the end, if I can make a difference in just one of their lives, then I’ve done a good job!”
Nicole is nearing the halfway point of her appointment. After she completes a total of 1,700 hours, she will receive a $5,500 award that can be applied towards her school loans. Throughout her appointment, she is required to make a full-time commitment, and once completed, she has the possibility to continue coaching for one more year.
The United Way Americorps position also offers tremendous professional development opportunities. “We can connect with Americorps alumni and I’ve learned so much through various workshops and trainings including the cost of poverty experience, bullying, and more. I am also able to explore how best to transition my degree into a successful international career.”
Having already completed a successful internship with the U.S. Department of State in London, England during the Summer 2012 Olympics, Nicole is excited to pursue a career representing the U.S. as a Foreign Service Officer. “My internship introduced me to a world of foreign service that I could not even have imagined. In three months, I assisted with crisis management, conducted research, visited a United Kingdom prison, and dealt with a variety of issues including reports of births abroad, passport applications, and no claims or denials of citizenship.”
Whether Nicole decides to stay with United Way Americorps, or pursue international affairs in graduate school or professionally, her future looks bright indeed.