Alumni Spotlights

Jacklyn

Jacklyn Faith (2016 Graduate)

Current Job: Manager, Human Resources Transformation and Change at Grant Thornton

What do you do in your current job that is relevant to your I-O education?

In my current role, lead HR Transformation and Change advisory projects to aid clients in various transformations initiatives. I manage complex, large-scale projects, including Talent Planning, Onboarding, Performance Management, Employee Engagement, Succession Planning, Rewards, Culture change, HR Operations, and Technology transformations.

Another important aspect of my role relates to helping leaders develop various competencies, including coaching and change. I often describe these disciplines as microcosms of all the IO domains. To accomplish this, I employ competencies related to organizational and personality assessments, organizational development, leadership coaching, learning & development, organizational design and employee engagement, to name a few. 

What specific experiences in the program do you think have been most valuable to you so far in your career?

The most valuable aspect of the program, in my view, is the opportunity we were provided to put the theories and concepts into practice by executing consulting projects with local organizations. There is no substitute for practical application. We worked with clients to build strategy, develop detailed plans, perform assessments, as well as create and execute on science-based recommendation. We were able to add real value to our partner organizations. 

How has your IOMP experience helped you to advance your career?

Enrolling in the IOMP program was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The knowledge, skills and the practical experience I obtained from the program have been instrumental in enabling me to transition out of finance into HR Transformation and change management. I had spent years attempting to make that transition, prior to enrolling, with little success. Less than a year after starting the program, I was able to secure a highly prized, paid internship with a Fortune 100 financial institute. That experience was a springboard to where I am today. I owe the UGA IOMP program and the faculty a debt of gratitude.

 

Makayla Greathouse (2015 Graduate)

Current Job: Core HR Lead at Hitachi Consulting

What do you do in your current job that is relevant to your I-O education?

I have been very lucky to apply several of the skills I learned in the IOMP program in my present role. I am currently on a team conducting a large scale job analysis project across a multi-million dollar company. When finished, the project will help us to better understand the functions of each role and develop and align recruiting, retention and development initiatives to the organization on a global level. Additionally, I have had the opportunity to develop competencies and behavioral anchors for several roles in the organization to ensure quality hires. 

What specific experiences in the program do you think have been most valuable to you so far in your career?

The competency modeling class in the IOMP has served me in two organizations now and I still refer to the resources we were given in that class. 

How has your IOMP experience helped you to advance your career?

My experience in the IOMP has been invaluable for my career. The knowledge and skills I gained in the program have helped me to become a trusted adviser in the workplace. It has helped to improve both my business acumen and my approach in planning and executing projects.

 

Frances Larson (2016 Graduate)

Current Job: HR Lead, Global Talent Management at Novelis 

What do you do in your current job that is relevant to your I-O education?

In my current job I partner with the business to create organizational designs, build job descriptions and align roles, deploy career paths, grow a strong culture of engagement, retain employees, coach employees, and hire the right talent which are all based on underlying I-O principles. As an example of just one business goal I have supported in the last year to develop and retain our IT employees during the digitalization age, I have built a competency model and career path for the IT function, deployed the career path, coached employees on their career goals, held focus groups on engagement in the IT function, and supported the talent acquisition efforts for critical IT talent into our organization.

What specific experiences in the program do you think have been most valuable to you so far in your career?

The most useful learnings I gained from the program came from three specific classes: Competency Modeling, Testing and Assessment, and Organizational Research Methods. From these courses my technical skills were increased to make me a better leader for Novelis. After having these courses, I find I am a better partner to the business and have been able to add a level of science into HR practices that may not have been there before. 

How has your IOMP experience helped you to advance your career?

My career has grown by leaps and bounds since I started the journey of gathering my master’s degree through UGA. In 2011 I started at Novelis as the coordinator for the learning and development team, grew over the years to leading the corporate talent team in 2016, and have recently shifted to the generalist function to experience the deployment of talent initiatives so that I can be an even-stronger talent professional. My ability to become the leader of the corporate talent team was greatly supported by the credibility and knowledge built from this degree, and the value I add on the generalist team from the scientific principles and experiences of this program makes me an even stronger partner to the business.

 

Alissa Manolescu (2017 Graduate)

Current Job: Strategic Human Capital Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton 

What do you do in your current job that is relevant to your I-O education?

From building competency models for internal and external clients, to writing white papers addressing the link between pay and performance, to measuring teamwork processes in cybersecurity operations centers, my I-O education informs much of what I do as a human capital consultant. I am frequently called upon to provide I-O subject matter expertise on various projects, so even the more theoretical components of the program have proven to be highly relevant to my work. 

What specific experiences in the program do you think have been most valuable to you so far in your career?

The applied nature of the program – the ability to practice hands-on what we learned in the classroom – was the most valuable aspect, but the opportunity to build a meaningful network with my cohort and professors has also been of great benefit both personally and professionally. 

How has your IOMP experience helped you to advance your career?

I worked in Testing & Assessment in my previous career, but wanted to move into the Human Capital/Talent space. Through the MA program at UGA, I was able to successfully pivot into a role as a Talent Management consultant, and then to my current role in Human Capital consulting. I would not have gotten my current job had it not been for my MA in I-O, nor would I have been so successful without the education the MAIOP program imparted.

 

Brittani Nolan (2015 Graduate)

Current Job: Organization Transformation & Talent Consultant at Deloitte Consulting

What do you do in your current job that is relevant to your I-O education?

A lot of what I learned from my I-O education is relevant, but in my current role, I use the change model/curve and assessing personalities in the workplace in order to determine how to best work together. 

What specific experiences in the program do you think have been most valuable to you so far in your career?

The applied projects! I developed a competency model for a professional services firm and also assisted a large university with revamping their employee engagement survey.  

How has your IOMP experience helped you to advance your career?

I enrolled in the IOMP because I knew I wanted to change careers from HR Business Partner to Human Capital Consulting. The process was extremely tough, and I felt like recruiters doubted my knowledge and skillset. However, because of the consulting focus in the IOMP and my own self-study, I was able to effectively speak to typical consulting concepts and methodologies during the interview process. 

 

Athar

Athar Naseer (2017 Graduate)

Current job: Sr. Talent Management Specialist, North America Talent Management at Novelis

Briefly describe a few of the interesting things you do in your job relevant to your I-O education.

Over the previous year I have owned and managed pre-hire and developmental assessments for Novelis globally, built competency models and career paths for the Information Technology function, launched organizational/functional pulse surveys, conducted job analyses and assisted in the complete redesign of the Novelis talent review process, all of which are foundationally built on I-O Principles. Additionally, I am involved in leadership development efforts for Novelis through the use of assessments such as the 360 assessment in conjunction with providing leadership coaching. It excites me to know that the majority of what I get to work on in my job ties back to my I-O education.

What aspect(s) of or experience(s) in the program do you think have been most valuable to you so far in your career?

The many projects that we completed through the program have become invaluable to me as I journey through my career. These projects make up my “portfolio” of knowledge that I can and have always gone back to as a source of guidance as well as inspiration if I get stuck on a particular problem I am attempting to solve at work. This is due to the real-world examples on which these projects were built. For me, the other valuable experience was being able to work with data and become comfortable cleaning and analyzing it. I am fortunate at my company to have access to large swaths of data but it is not always clean and often there is work to be done to dig up the hidden nuggets of information that allow us to make insightful and meaningful human capital decisions.

How has the program helped you to advance your career?

The I-O program has completely made my career for me. Without the program, I certainly would not be where I am today. The applied projects and knowledge gained from professors in the program have allowed me to arrive at job interviews confident and with real world experience; not just theory. Beyond the interviews, my notes and work from previous courses guides me to ensure I am keeping I-O fundamentals in mind when designing solutions.

If you enrolled in the IOMP to change careers, briefly describe your situation, the outcome of that effort, and/or your satisfaction with that transition so far.

I was initially working on the administrative side of the healthcare sector when I decided to change careers to I-O. Working for a large healthcare organization, I was always intrigued by the conundrum that while many healthcare professionals find their work meaningful in caring for patients, they are often burned out and have low levels of organizational engagement. Through a fit of chance, I came across I-O and did some research to find out more about what the field was about and existing educational programs which lead me to the UGA IOMP. Reinventing myself and changing careers was not easy but one thing helped tremendously was that I tried to volunteer my organization for as many of our class projects as I could. In doing so, I was able to take those projects back and show my organization that I wanted to add value to the company and that the I-O degree would allow me to do so. This effort made it possible for me to transition from an administrative role within my organization to an HR role. I have been immensely satisfied with my transition.

 

Jason Stansel (2015 Graduate)

Current Job: Manager, Talent Programs at beeline Group

What do you do in your current job that is relevant to your I-O education?

At Crate and Barrel, I lead strategy and process for a wide range of organization development initiatives across the organization. This includes building a custom philosophy and approach to succession planning, partnering with leaders to effectively navigate the people side of change, building predictive selection systems, developing and validating leadership competency models, and coaching leaders to manage performance and develop talent. I also provide talent insight using data and analytics and work closely with our Executive Leadership Team to find high-impact talent solutions to business problems.  

What specific experiences in the program do you think have been most valuable to you so far in your career?

Through the program, I was able to build a solid network of seasoned I/O practitioners, professors, and current I/O students that have proven to be an incredible resource for me as I carry out my work in I/O. I was also able to gain hands-on experience that allowed me to be very competitive in the job market once I graduated.  

How has your IOMP experience helped you to advance your career?

I joined this program because I was ready to make a career-shift into Organizational Development. The program is designed for working professionals, so while fulfilling degree requirements I was able to gain applied experience in the field through paid internships and side consulting projects. This led me to interview with some of the most iconic brands in the country during my last semester and, ultimately, being offered an incredible position at Crate and Barrel. This degree was, without question, a fantastic investment.

 

parker

Parker Thomas (2018 Graduate)

Current job: Candidate Evaluation Consultant at Google

Briefly describe a few of the interesting things you do in your job relevant to your I-O education.

As a part of the Candidate Evaluation team, we help to preserve the mission and culture of Google by upholding Google’s hiring bar. We assess every single technical candidate before a job offer is extended and we, as a team, partner across the organization at scale to determine how and who we hire into each role. I rely heavily on the analytics courses that I took in the IOMP as well as best practices we learned related to understanding behavioral competencies, assessing talent, change management, and leadership development. The biggest win for me though is that I have been able to apply the analytical-people focused approach that is I/O psychology into my daily work life.

What aspect(s) of or experience(s) in the program do you think have been most valuable to you so far in your career?

First and foremost would be role-related knowledge. I honestly think that I have been able to apply a little bit of knowledge from all of the IOMP courses into my work. I constantly reference back to materials we have had in class, either for the content or as a jumping-off point into further research. Do your readings - it will pay off.

One of the most valuable parts of the program is the opportunity to partner with real organizations. Experiential learning provides first hand exposure to the challenges and rewards you are likely to face when bridging the gap between theory and application. It taught me how to demonstrate the value of research-based practices to an organization, and how to confidently communicate that value to key stakeholders.

How has the program helped you to advance your career?

I owe my career growth to Dr. Frost & the IOMP faculty. Their passion for I/O and dedication to the student body is unparalleled and you should make the most of it. They equipped me with the strategies and domain expertise needed to win-over key stakeholders - which I used to take my career to the next level.

Any thoughts on the perceived financial value of the program at this point in your career?

Speaking from my personal experience, the IOMP had a significant financial ROI. I was able to take what I had learned from the program and directly apply it to my career in ways that far exceed my anticipated career trajectory before enrollment. But it’s important to acknowledge that the IOMP is only part of the equation - it’s what you do with the knowledge, skills, and abilities you acquire (or enhance) through the program that will determine your success.