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 can either be scheduled at the beginning of the semester (starting in January), or at the end of the semester, (starting in May). 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 approve the proposal subject to the listed activities meeting the goals of the course. Students may also opt to seek complementary training as part of the professional skills course, e.g., training related to psychological assessment. 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. A detailed guide on practical internships can be found on EleUM > Students Master Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience.
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Knowledge of: The work environment of a work and organisational psychologist. Further development of professional skills (needs analysis, document analysis, goal setting, assessment, intervention design, presenting, reporting, self-direction, digital literacy).