Our close relationship with Deakin University and the alignment between the University’s Master of Psychology (Organisational) and our work provides the perfect space for on-the-job training and experience. As a result we regularly invite students to work with us as part of their required placement experience.
We love having placement students spend time with us. We love the buzz brought by new faces in the office. We also love that we can give back to the profession by passing on learning we’ve acquired since completing our own studies.
Placement students also provide valuable contributions to our business, they are great at highlighting new research and current and upcoming trends in the thought leadership space. Finally, placement candidates are a good place to look for talent when expanding our team.
At the moment we have Jenny Winspear on placement with us from the Master of Psychology (Organisational), Deakin University.
We recently sat down with her to find out more about her and what she wants to get out of her placement with Spring Point.
What you’ve been up to recently, before starting placement with us?
I have been working as a provisional psychologist at both Deloitte and GHD. At Deloitte, I worked as a consultant to deliver projects in the learning and capability space with a focus on the future of work. This sparked my interest into how the world of work is changing.
Where are you from and how long have you been in Melbourne?
I am originally from the UK and I grew up on a small island on the coast of France called Jersey (where Jersey cows come from). I moved to Melbourne on my own when I was 18 years old, as there are no universities in Jersey and I liked the idea of doing something different and travelling afar.
I have now lived in Melbourne for nearly 10 years and love that the city has endless offerings of great food, coffee, live music, live sport, interesting pop up activities, and always new things to try out.
Tell us about the journey to become a psychologist, and why you chose organisational psychology?
The journey to becoming a psychologist is no small feat. I completed my first 4 years in Australia and then my money ran out. I moved back home to Jersey to save money again before I could apply for my masters.
I worked in HR for a law firm for 3 years which reinforced that I was on the right path and that I still wanted to pursue my professional qualifications, enrich my learning, and develop my ability to take an evidence-based approach to dealing with complex organisational issues.
Now that I am nearly finished my Masters of Org Psych, it feels like all the hard work has paid off. I am in a profession where I enjoy going to work every day and am passionate about what I am doing.
There are many places you can approach for placement. What led you to choosing Spring Point?
I have not met an organisational psychologist yet who does not enjoy what they are doing, and Dylan Flavell, the Managing Director at Spring Point was no different when he came into University as a guest lecturer. I was looking for experience in a small consultancy where I would feel valued as part of a team. I had only heard good things about the culture at Spring Point, so I’m looking forward to being part of that. I also wanted some exposure to culture diagnostics, and Spring Point’s use of the Denison model was something I hope to learn more about during my time here.
What have you learnt from your placements so far?
Each placement has taught me a bit more about myself. Self-awareness and self-reflection are the two things that have stood out in both of my placements and my university education. Some of the values that are important to me are diversity, producing high-quality work, learning, recognising the achievements of others, collaborating, and having fun whilst getting work done. So, when I am looking for a job at the end of this year, I will be looking for something that is aligned with as many of those things as possible!
Tell us a quote that resonates with you.
“Always find a reason to laugh. It may not add years to your life but will surely add life to your years” – Snoopy.
What a great quote! Thanks Jenny! We look forward to working with you over the next three months.
Are you a student who would like to do a placement with us? Get in touch! Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or call to have a chat 03 9699 6269.