Archive for the ‘Learning’ category

My Occupational Psychology Internship

September 24th, 2013

As an undergraduate psychology student at the University of Nottingham about to embark upon my final year, I was keen to secure myself work experience amongst experienced psychologists. The previous year, I had taken the decision to extend my degree by adding a year of study in a Mexican business university. It was while completing my year abroad that I discovered Zircon’s website. Zircon was exactly what I was looking for. I found myself gripped by one of their blog entries – ‘Are Competency Interviews Valid for Graduate Assessment?’ Following links back to their home page, I read how Zircon was a team of Business Psychologists who had a focus on Talent Management. Immediately, I knew that this was where I wanted to work. Working with Zircon would not only complement my study of psychology and business perfectly, but would give me real experience » Read more: My Occupational Psychology Internship

My Time as an Occupational Psychology Intern with Zircon

August 20th, 2013

I have been fascinated by psychology for many years and so thought it would be a perfect undergraduate course at university. I was familiar with clinical and experimental psychology but before these few weeks I knew little about other branches of the discipline such as occupational psychology. I met Dr Amanda Potter, the founder and Managing Director of Zircon, and she explained what occupational psychology was about and mentioned the internship her company offers. After researching Zircon further I » Read more: My Time as an Occupational Psychology Intern with Zircon

Opportunity within Zircon to apply for a Full Time Trainee Business Psychologist position

August 15th, 2013

Job Description
Zircon are recruiting a Full Time  Trainee Consultant Business Psychologist on a one year contract.

Responsibilities will include (among others):

• Supporting the Consulting team with the design and delivery of consultancy services in core solution areas, including Talent Assessment, Leadership and Team Development, and Talent Management.
• Working with the team to design Assessment and Development Centres and bespoke exercises.
• Conducting follow-up Personal Development Planning sessions and feedback with clients.
• Selecting and working proactively with Associates and providing guidance and feedback on client projects » Read more: Opportunity within Zircon to apply for a Full Time Trainee Business Psychologist position

Zircon Work Experience

August 13th, 2013

At Zircon, we are currently looking for an ambitious, hardworking individual who would like to join our team of Occupational Psychologists to gain 2-3 weeks work experience within our boutique consultancy in Surrey. This is an ideal opportunity for a Psychology graduate looking for consulting experience within the specialist field of talent management. The placement is open to those looking to or completing a Master’s course in Occupational/Business Psychology, and would greatly compliment learning at this level.

If you are interested and believe you are an excellent candidate to work with Zircon, please send your CV and a covering letter to:

The Strategic Challenges faced by HR and Talent Directors

May 10th, 2013

The Zircon team of Business Psychologists are embarking on a new piece of research looking at the challenges and changes facing HR and Talent Directors in 2013 and beyond.

In particular we are interested in understanding the Macro and Micro strategic challenges, the business response and leadership requirements to deliver these challenges. » Read more: The Strategic Challenges faced by HR and Talent Directors

My Occupational Psychology Work Experience with Zircon

April 30th, 2013

After completing my degree in Psychology with Sport Science at University of Exeter, I set myself the challenge of securing an internship or work experience with practicing Psychologists to support my Occupational Psychology Masters applications for September 2013. I decided to research as many companies as possible, making contact to each, specifying my ambition to become an Occupational Psychologist and my interest in the unique service they offer. » Read more: My Occupational Psychology Work Experience with Zircon

DOP Conference – The Future of Talent Management

January 9th, 2013

On the 11th January 2013 at the DOP Conference at the Crowne Plaza in Chester, Dr Amanda Potter will be giving a talk on research surrounding Talent Management and the key findings from our 2012 research.

The talk will present detailed findings of the research and the implications for those involved in talent assessment/talent management/talent development. » Read more: DOP Conference – The Future of Talent Management

My Zircon Internship

October 18th, 2012

At the conclusion of my Msc, I felt relieved that I had managed to survive the course, proud of all that I had accomplished and excited for the future ahead of me. I prepared myself for my graduation and relished the day of ceremony. Shortly after this experience I realised there was a whole new challenge that I needed to face: finding a job in the real world. After researching consultancies, and speaking to established Occupational Psychologists that I had met along the way, I was given Amanda’s name by Alan Redman who had kindly agreed to take the time to discuss career paths with me. I called Amanda the very next day to find out more. Over the phone Amanda was encouraging and informative, giving me information about life in Occupational Psychology. She explained the fact that businesses had changed and hence the ways that Occupational Psychologists worked had needed to adapt to fluctuating demands. » Read more: My Zircon Internship

Managing HR in a mid-sized company: A thankless task or exciting opportunity

October 12th, 2012

Managing HR in the mid-sized business: Thankless task or exciting opportunity?’ a report both Amanda Potter and Jacky Griffiths contributed to. While published by Source for Consulting this report provides some interesting information about the disconnect and perhaps more importantly about the opportunities for greater connectivity between HR and Talent Professionals and the Business » Read more: Managing HR in a mid-sized company: A thankless task or exciting opportunity

My Business Psychology Intern Experience at Zircon

October 5th, 2012

After finishing my MSc in Social and Organisational Psychology at the University of Exeter I started researching business psychology consultancies. As soon as I came across Zircon I was sure that this was the place that would give me, as a budding business psychologist, an invaluable experience. After having a telephone interview with Sarah Linton, this belief grew stronger and I was fortunate to be offered a two week internship. » Read more: My Business Psychology Intern Experience at Zircon