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Emily Robinson RDL Internship 2016-2017

I was hesitant and unsure as to whether I should take a year out of my undergraduate degree in Psychology to do an industrial placement. Did I really want to take a break from my degree to work full-time? Would the year out be worthwhile and beneficial? Well, I can honestly say making that decision to take the year out and work at RDL was a decision I have not, and will not, ever regret! I feel I have learnt more this year than I have in all my previous years in education.

I have been given many opportunities to broaden my knowledge of Occupational Psychology and Organisational Development, as well as developing my skill set in communications, project management and time management. Some of my responsibilities included managing the founding partner’s diary, co-designing workshop materials, assisting in the design of marketing tools and products, building client relationships and gaining psychometric accreditation – to name a few.

The valuable experience I have gained from working at RDL has not only helped me learn about myself as an individual (as well as boosting my self-confidence), but also provided me with a real insight into how a business is run and the wonderful world of Occupational Psychology and Organisational Development. As a result, this experience has helped me in my decision to pursue a career as an Occupational Psychologist.

Both Carol and Tony have provided invaluable help and support in my personal and professional development, and I’ve learnt a great deal from two incredibly successful and inspiring individuals. I have met and worked alongside an incredible and hard-working team, as well as a pool of fantastic associate consultants and psychologists. The RDL team is truly one of a kind.

Thank you RDL for an amazing year – one that I will never forget!

Natalie Pavey RDL Internship 2015-2016

When asked to write about my time at RDL in less than 500 words, the thought of fitting an elephant into a mini cooper came to mind!

The year I spent at RDL completely exceeded my already high expectations. Everything from managing diaries, designing promotional Mailchimps to managing an assessment centre taught me so much about not only organisational development and occupational psychology but also how business and the world of work works! RDL is a small yet unique business that are committed to developing and investing in their staff. Just a few of the opportunities I had whilst working there included co-facilitating team development workshops, gaining psychometric accreditation, managing a large assessment centre and leading the design of an organisational culture diagnostic tool. Other aspects of my job role included managing projects, co-designing workshop materials, writing up output documents, managing the founding partner’s diary, assisting in marketing campaigns and relationship building with clients. I learnt an incredible amount and developed skills on so many levels from facilitation and coaching to professional conduct and communication. At RDL you learn about yourself, about business and most importantly about the world of OD and Occupational Psychology.

If I had to pick one thing I loved the most about RDL, I wouldn’t be able to (so I’ve picked two). Firstly, their unique and tailored approach to the ‘service’ they provide for clients is what makes them different from others. There is no such thing as an ‘off the shelf’ product at RDL which makes it an incredibly fast-paced environment but also one that has so much scope for learning. As an assistant psychologist, you see the project through from planning calls and meetings, to proposals, design and delivery and finally evaluation. Every step is tailored to the client and you play a key role in the entire process working with the lead consultant. Secondly, the personal development that RDL provides to its staff is what makes it such a special place to work. Not only do you have the opportunity of working with such intelligent, successful and inspiring people, you are lucky enough to have them as mentors and coaches. Both partners, Carol and Tony, give their time to develop you through personal development plans, coaching sessions and valuable on the go feedback. Learning from their incredible skills and experience is priceless in itself, not to mention the opportunities you get to work with experienced associate consultants and psychologists that also provide pearls of wisdom along the way.

If you are interested in OD/ Occupational Psychology and are driven to work hard, I could not recommend an internship at RDL enough. If I could provide one tip, it would be to work hard and embrace every opportunity; the more you put in, the more you will get out of it!

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