A workshop, an award, and an alumni panel gave the Master’s in Industrial Organizational (I/O) Psychology a strong finish to the 2018-2019 academic year.
Tristan Baharally ’19, president of the I/O Psychology Student Association (IOPSA), received the program’s Outstanding Graduate Student Award. The award recognizes the student who best exemplifies the qualities desired in a graduate of the MA program and has demonstrated the highest quality of professional ethics and behavior. He has been working as a learning and development specialist for the firm Movable Ink and previously served as an organizational development intern for Northwell Health.
“Early Career in Organizational Psychology,” an April workshop for students getting ready to enter the workforce, featured guest presenters Kirsten Mosier, a consultant at Hogan Assessment Systems; Dr. Peter Rutigliano, Managing Director of Data Analytics, Sirota Consulting; and Dr. Brian J. Ruggeberg, Partner, Aon. Their talks tackled important issues like salary negotiations; research tools and data analysis; and leadership assessment and development.
For her presentation, Moiser discussed how to confidently enter salary negotiations. She advised students to be ready to talk about their areas of expertise and give examples of their leadership skills. Rutigliano stressed the importance of being fluent in a variety of research tools, including Excel, and presenting data in a way that multiple audiences can understand and appreciate. Ruggeberg talked about his research in the area of leadership development.
A five-member alumni panel in May also offered valuable job search advice to I/O students. The alumni included Sasha Horowitz, Vice President, Global Functions Talent & Diversity Manager, Citi; Neena Kaur, Learning & Development, McKinsey Academy; Zachary Rosch, Analyst, People Data Insights, JetBlue Airways; Aditi Sachdev, Hofstra Adjunct Instructor; and Ryan Sinnott, HR Technology Operations, WWE.
The MA program prepares students for careers in human resources, training, management and organization development, and other areas in which they can apply psychological principles to problems that arise in a wide variety of organization settings. This course of study may also enhance the careers of professionals who already work in these areas by teaching them to apply psychology to issues that develop in their organizations. Research design, statistics and psychology provide the foundation for advanced study in selection training, performance appraisal, worker motivation and organization development.