I-O Practice

The possibility of consulting for local organizations and applying what you have learned in the classroom to real-life situations is one of the benefits of attending the University of Guelph. Through a consulting course graduate students will learn applied skills such as the ability to present technical information in business terms, manage client relationships, and lead projects. In the past students have been involved in projects such as job analysis, structured employment interviewing, employee selection, and attitude surveys. The consulting course places a strong emphasis on applying I-O theories to business and preparing students for direct client contact. Our integrated approach facilitates student learning. Difficult material is often made easier when you can directly map a theory onto an applied experience. As well, with client permission consulting projects have served as an added source of data for publications and student theses. Students interact with real organizations through OMS (a consulting group within the Psychology Department at the University of Guelph). Its mission is to assist clients in optimizing individual and organizational potential and to serve as a conduit for graduate student practical skills training.