Full course description
This course offers students an opportunity to practice professional skills in either a simulated or a real-life setting. It intends to stimulate further development of the primary competences of a work and organisational psychologist (e.g., competences related to needs analysis, goal setting, assessment, development and intervention design, evaluation, and communication). To achieve this, a series of assignments and workshops is scheduled over an eight-week period commencing in January. Assignments and workshops focus on needs assessment, document analysis, goal setting, reporting, interviewing, and presenting. In addition, activities highlight 21st century skills required to enhance employability of graduates in a world that seeks new ways of working.
Students may opt to engage in an eight-week practical internship as an alternative for the skills training. This practical internship should take place in the same period as the internal workshops. Prior to the start of a practical internship, students will submit a brief proposal listing details of the host institution and activities that will be performed. The coordinator will decide whether the proposed practical internship will meet the requirements of the course.
Whether students opt for a practical internship, or for a series of professional skills training activities, they are required to submit a final activity report. In the activity report, students reflect on how their professional skills have improved. The report should also contain evidence to demonstrate that the student has worked on the compulsory assignments.
This course is aimed at the development of professional skills required in the work environment of a work and organizational psychologist. These include:
- applying scientific knowledge to practical problems;
- analyzing the needs of individuals and organizations;
- assessing employees and work contexts;
- designing organizational trainings and interventions;
- applying negotiation and conflict management skills;
- reporting and presenting.