The University of Arkansas (UA) recently highlighted the diverse career opportunities associated with psychology degrees by checking in with alumna Brandie Patton, who works for the Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Global Investigations, Security Aviation and Travel department.
Patton graduated from the Department of
Psychological Science, in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. She worked briefly in logistics before going to law school.
"Going to law school was a new idea
for me," Patton said. "I didn't know that I wanted to do it at first,
but my psychology degree played very well into studying for and taking the
In her current role with Walmart, Patton
says her the education she received in psychology has helped her in her
interpersonal communications during investigations. This includes interviewing
people about alleged violations, like fraud, harassment or ethics infractions,
and evaluating and communicating the results of her investigations with the
company’s legal and ethics departments.
"I would say it's extremely relevant
all the time," she said. "A psychology degree is diverse, and you can
use a psychology degree to go into any career that you want."
Patton also recognized the interconnected
nature of the UA psychology department, which she has kept in touch with
throughout her career.
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