Ashley Roberts

What are you doing now?

I am a vocational rehabilitation counselor for the state of Tennessee. Our goal is to help people with disabilities prepare for employment which can lead to meaningful and satisfying careers. The aspect of this career that I enjoy most is helping people accomplish goals they never thought possible. I see people on a daily basis who face so many barriers, yet they find the strength to persevere and endure despite the odds against them. That is very inspiring and why I enjoy this job so much.

How did UTM Psychology Program help you achieve what you have become?

I feel I was adequately prepared to enter my career; however, I would have completed my graduate program before starting to work. Graduate school is a full-time job and is hard to complete when you are working full-time as well.

What advice would you give to students who are thinking about becoming UTM psychology majors?

My best advice to you would be to take a wide variety of classes in psychology. The psychology field has so many areas and it is hard to know what will be best for you. I worked in a local applied behavioral analysis clinic with children with autism for three years after graduation. I would never have known how rewarding that field was if I hadn’t signed up for the ABA class at UTM. Another way to find your niche is to volunteer as much as you possibly can. This can help you decide where you feel most comfortable. So, mainly the advice is not to limit oneself and be open for areas and experiences that could end up defining your career.

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