The New Face of the Field: Dilemmas for Diverse Early-Career Psychologists

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Abstract

The entrance experiences of early-career psychologists (ECPs) into their chosen field are becoming marked by varied cultural, social, and geographic factors. As a result, traditional information and suggestions about how best to navigate entrance into the field of psychology are not always relevant to this new and more diverse group of ECPs. ECPs from traditionally marginalized background may have different obstacles to overcome in managing their first years as professional psychologists. This article focuses on issues related to ECPs who are also racial, ethnic, and/or sexual minorities, and it addresses specific issues that such diverse ECPs may experience. The authors analyze issues across respective professional, personal, and workload domains, highlighting experiences of diverse ECPs through vignettes and links to current cross-cultural and multicultural psychology literature. Suggestions are given for organizations to offer ways in which they might make the entrance into the field more rewarding and less fraught with difficulty for this specific population of ECPs.

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