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Msc Occupational and Organisational Psychology: Is it worth it?

 
#1 Msc Occupational and Organisational Psychology: Is it worth it?
12/09/2006 16:53

raj

Hi,

I'm a recent Psychology graduate (2:2 classification) from a second tier University. I'm about to start a two year part time postgraduate course in Occupational Psychology at a second-tier University. Alongside my studies I'll be working in an average sales/retail field. At the end of my course I would like to become an Occupational Psychologist for a ruputable company such as "Goodman Masson", "Bearing Point", "Investigo" etc. Can anyone tell me what are my chances of employment with anyone of those companies... bearing in mind my weak A level grades and degree.

All comments would be appreaciated.

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#2 RE: Msc Occupational and Organisational Psychology: Is it worth it?
12/09/2006 18:54

anon to raj (#1)

Raj,

What would an occupational psych do at Investigo? I'm interested in this field too, but i looked and saw that Investigo is a recruitment firm. Therefore, i'm confused.

If you could explain?!

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#3 RE: Msc Occupational and Organisational Psychology: Is it worth it?
12/09/2006 20:34

raj to anon (#2)

well occupational psychology is to do with the recruitment and selection procedure so although it maybe difficult to get a job as an "occupational psychologist" with investigo however i'm hoping my course would be good enough to get some valid experience in the area of recruitment before going onto to practice occupational psychology with another firm. I'm really just looking to get into one of the companies for experience and perhaps some kind on pregression if that's availble although this may mean I might never be recognised as an occupational psychologist in it own right.

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#4 RE: Msc Occupational and Organisational Psychology: Is it worth it?
12/09/2006 22:10

psych grad to raj (#3)

hi, i did psychology too. what you may want to consider is the area of human performance consulting and change management. it's not strictly occupational psychology but it's closesly related.

your masters may help you to get a crack at these jobs.

it's the area i'm interested in too.

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#5 RE: Msc Occupational and Organisational Psychology: Is it worth it?
13/09/2006 11:51

raj to psych grad (#4)

Hi, thanks for that. Actually that is the area I'm interested in too. If you don't mind me asking what is it that you exactly do now?

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#6 RE: Msc Occupational and Organisational Psychology: Is it worth it?
13/09/2006 21:50

psychgrad to raj (#5)

i'm trying to get into the graduate programmes of some of the big consultancy companies. i have a few interviews in this area and if it doesn't work out i'll save up and do a masters and try again next time.

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#7 RE: Msc Occupational and Organisational Psychology: Is it worth it?
15/09/2006 10:10

Raj to psychgrad (#6)

thanks psych grad.

Can you please tell me whether a person with a 2:2 classification is likely to get into strat firms? Or do these firms only take people with 1st's in their degree?

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#8 RE: Msc Occupational and Organisational Psychology: Is it worth it?
15/09/2006 10:33

pirlo to Raj (#7)

strat firms dont even take most people with firsts. Im sorry but with a 2.2 you will struggle to get into ANY serious consultancy.

I sugest a masters at a tier 1 uni if you really want it.

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#9 RE: Msc Occupational and Organisational Psychology: Is it worth it?
15/09/2006 10:56

K to pirlo (#8)

Hi, I'm an Occ Psych and have worked at Capgemini and now EY in Change and Human Performance. Personally, I find it a lot more interesting than the Assessment and Development side of Occ Psych. There have been a few Occ Psychs scattered around the 2 firms - mostly in change.

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#10 RE: Msc Occupational and Organisational Psychology: Is it worth it?
15/09/2006 10:56

raj to pirlo (#8)

hi Pirlo, thanks for your feedback. I'm actually studying my Msc at East London University. I was offered a place a City University but declined because after extensive research I found UEL was much better on so many grounds. i'm a little bit concerned now because i think I might have set myself back by doing my Msc at UEL and not City. Is the no hope now????

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#11 RE: Msc Occupational and Organisational Psychology: Is it worth it?
15/09/2006 11:13

raj to K (#9)

Hi K, thanks for your reply. I was wndering if you can offer me some advise. I really want to break into the human performance and change sector but I only have a 2:2 classification and weak A level grades. Realistically speaking my chances of getting into a top strat firm are slim because of my grades and lack of experience in that area. But if you don't mind, can you please tell me how i can get into the human performance and change sector?

I'm working in the retail sector alongside my studies is my work also a set back because it is not closely related to human performance.

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#12 RE: Msc Occupational and Organisational Psychology: Is it worth it?
15/09/2006 11:44

Academia to raj (#11)

Sorry, but UEL is not second tier. The second tier is the one below Oxford and Cambridge, rather than one below a tier which includes all the top universities.

UEL may be better than City for the course but doesn't have so good a name overall, not that either is really regarded as top notch.

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#13 RE: Msc Occupational and Organisational Psychology: Is it worth it?
15/09/2006 11:51

pong to raj (#11)

Raj,

Youre best bet is a) to get into a big 4 or b) to get into a specialist consultancy that deals with change

either way its going to be really tough - you might want to consider career in industry as an internal consultant dealing with change, and then try to apply for consulting post mba in a few years time.

the competition for consulting is higher than ever. most firms demand exceptional grades for A levels and even higher for university - coupled with excellent experience.

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#14 RE: Msc Occupational and Organisational Psychology: Is it worth it?
15/09/2006 12:02

Academia to pong (#13)

Deloitte stipulates 320 points and 2.1 minimum, fugeddaboudit

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#15 RE: Msc Occupational and Organisational Psychology: Is it worth it?
15/09/2006 14:36

raj to Academia (#14)

Hi thanks for all the feedback, really appreaciate it. I think working internally for a small company as a consultant might be better in my case and then perhaps once I've gathered a substantial amount of work experience then perhaps move into the top tier consultancies. At the end of the day its all about work experience nowadays isn't it? As opposed to academic qualifications alone.

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#16 RE: Msc Occupational and Organisational Psychology: Is it worth it?
15/09/2006 14:51

raj to pong (#13)

Hi Pong, thanks for your suggestions. Just wondering if you can tell me what a big 4 is?

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#17 RE: Msc Occupational and Organisational Psychology: Is it worth it?
15/09/2006 14:56

raj to Academia (#14)

Hi Academia, thanks for your comments.

What if I have a wealth of work experience in the area I want to progress in - would this not be in my favour when I apply to the firms such as Deloitte or are they looking for people with work experience and qualifications???

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