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Industrial and Organisational Psychology

What did you study at the School of Industrial Psychology and Human Resources?

Ms Matthysen completed all her studies with the School from her BA in Human Resource Management Degree to her PhD in Industrial and Organisational Psychology.


How many years did you study with us?

2007 - BA Human Resource Management       

2008 - BA Honours in Industrial and Organisational Psychology   

2010 - Masters (MA) in Industrial and Organisational Psychology  

2016 - PhD in Industrial and Organisational Psychology.


Where have you worked?

When I was completing my Masters in Industrial and Organisational Psychology I worked at Effective Personnel. There I gained valuable knowledge regarding recruitment and selection and the essential principles of working and studying at the same time. When I left Effective Personnel I joined Mazars.


Where are you currently working?

I am currently working at Mazars in Port Elizabeth as the HR Manager. Mazars is an auditing firm that specializes in auditing, tax, accounting and advisory services. I have been with Mazars for just over 5 years. I started at Mazars as an HR Assistant and gradually gained the experience to take on the HR Manager position.


How did your studies prepare you for the workplace?

My studies prepared me for the workplace by providing me with a foundation of theoretical knowledge. Once I entered the workplace I could see the links between theory and practice.


What was the most valuable thing you learnt while studying?

The most valuable thing I learnt when studying was that determination and hard work pays off in the end. I also learnt a lot about people which is a critical skill for anyone getting ready for the working world.


Do you have any advice for the current students?

The advice I can give current students is that everything you do today is going to benefit you in your future, so do your utmost best in every task you do (no matter what it is). Build connections with people and get involved in projects outside of your curriculum. Gain some work experience even if it’s just vacation work. Stretch yourself to the max, because stepping out of your comfort zone is when you grow on a personal capacity. Stop procrastinating and eat your frog as Mark Twain would say. My last words of advice “Stay hungry, stay foolish” – Steve Jobs.