Early Career Professionals
Early career can be an incredibly exciting, albeit stressful, time. You start learning how your graduate training translates into your everyday work and you find new challenges around every corner. Early career members have access to resources, fact sheets, and online communities to navigate the transition.
NASP's Early Career Committee serves as a liaison between NASP leadership and early career professionals. The committee members work on resource development and host convention sessions to connect soon-to-be and recent graduates to each other and to NASP. Read this Communiqué article to learn more about the committee and find out how you can serve on the committee in the future.
Navigating Early Career and Beyond
NASP is here to help you transition to your career after graduate school. We offer school psychology professionals in the first two years of their career special membership dues rates. View fact sheets and resources to help you, including a webinar cohosted with the Graduate Student Committee on the early career transition. If you are considering contract services, view our guidance document on that topic.
Communities for Early Career
The NASP Communities is home to a ton of individual communities for members. We suggest you start with the Early Career Professionals community to talk amongst your peers. If you're working in academia or interested in doing so, hop over to the Early Career Faculty Interest Group. And if you are serving in a leadership capacity or interested in honing your leadership skills, check out the Collaborative Leadership Interest Group.
Learn From Your Peers
There are a variety of great ways to hear from your peers about their experiences. Each month we feature an Early Career Spotlight where one of your peers answers questions about challenges they have faced and how they are involved in their school and community. We also have a resource on advocacy in the early career years. And for a more broad look at getting connected to and learning from peers, take a look at our list of ways to get involved in NASP.
Early Career Member Savings!
School psychology professionals in their first and second years of practice can save on NASP fees! You can also use the Leave of Absence membership to help you stay engaged if you work part-time, take a break from practice to care for children or relatives, are currently searching for a job.