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Helen Moore

Career Path: Psychologist
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I currently manage a 360 feedback system, engaging with clients and ensuring we support both individual and organisational needs, as well as working on bespoke selection and assessment projects. While working at the College I have also completed my Chartered status through the British Psychological Society.

I was always interested in Psychology and enjoyed working with people. Occupational Psychology gives you the opportunity to use Psychological principals to support individuals and organisations to realise their potential and add value. I also liked the mix of Psychology with business and essentially helping organisations to solve problems in areas such as recruitment, training, development. Also considering how organisational culture can play such a huge part in those solutions. 

What are you doing now?

I am still working for the College of Policing as a Chartered Occupational Psychologist

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

Proximity and the way they structured the course format and content.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

There was a mix of lectures, seminars and group projects. The feedback was always constructive and developmental, with the opportunity to discuss it.

What impressed you most about our academic staff?

The time, support and commitment they gave. I was also impressed with the fact that a large percentage had both academic knowledge and experience, but also work experience which to me was invaluable in the area of Occupational Psychology. This aspect was a strength and demonstrated how the theory translates to practice.

How connected was your course with industry?

A placement was part of my course. However, we had several guest lecturers and Occupational Psychologists who gave talks on various areas of the subject area. This was also very beneficial as it gave you indications of what it was actually like to work in Occupational Psychology and networking opportunities with other Occupational Psychologists and potential employers.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/give your career an edge?

I couldn't do the job I currently do without having firstly studied for my MSc in Occupational Psychology. I do feel that the way my course was structured and delivered at Northumbria, however, provided the additional benefit of demonstrating how the theory of Occupational Psychology translates in to actual practice and the work you do when you are out there actually doing the job of an Occupational Psychologist. It definitely prepared me well.

What was the best thing about your course?

The small numbers of students on the course, compared to other Universities. This enabled the lecturer to really focus on the subject area and ensure everyone understood. There was lots of discussion and debate which encouraged wider thinking on the subject areas. This aspect was a big plus for me and really assisted with my learning.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

Presentation skills and confidence and the importance of using theory to support practice.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

The course content, the confidence it gave me and the people I met, both lecturers and students.

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

Go for it! I have never regretted studying at Northumbria and I still sing it's praises for the course I did.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in 3 words?

informative, valuable and enjoyable

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