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Ross McIntosh

Organisational Psychology
Ross McIntosh

I chose City because of the top quality lecturers and the professionalism of the open day.

Why did you choose postgraduate study at City, University of London?

I wanted to do postgraduate study to get more out of my career and make more of an impact in the workplace. I chose City because of the top quality lecturers and the professionalism of the open day.

How is postgraduate study different from undergraduate study? Was the transition hard?

I'm a bit unusual – my first degree in psychology finished in 1991, I then did an MSc in HR Management in 2003 and decided to return to study again in 2014. My undergrad days are a distant memory – I enjoyed the challenge and rigour of the MSc at City.

My most enjoyable aspect of my course was the lectures as a space to learn and also share ideas and experiences.

Was it hard to get back into education after time off working?

I worked for 20 years between the two! It was a challenge but not impossible.

What is your role now? Could you describe a typical day/week?

I have a portfolio career which includes:

Leading on senior recruitment, coaching and psychological wellbeing at an agency of HM Treasury;

Leadership coaching in the public and private sector;

Research associate at City – I work with Dr Paul Flaxman designing and delivering interventions to enhance personal resilience in the workplace based upon Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Founder of a small consultancy (with two classmates from the MSc) ACT3 Psychology – dedicated to cultivating psychological flexibility in the workplace. Between us we are working with clients as diverse as Uber and Ballet Rambert!

What do you enjoy about your current job?

I love sharing evidence based insights and skills with organisations and individuals.

If you could give one piece of advice to a prospective City student, what would it be?

Aside from "do it" I'd recommend throwing yourself into the course as much as you can – the time will pass in a flash.