The International Liaison Group sponsored a symposium on
working in other countries at Division of Occupational Psychology Conference of
the BPS in Blackpool in 2009. All those
on the panel had worked or studied in different countries and talked of their
Several of the participants and others with similar
experience talked to our camera about their experiences. Click the link to hear their accounts.
Rebecca Port on working as an Occupational Psychologist in India Rebecca Port, a UK trained psychologist, shares her experience of working in India and the lessons she learnt on living in a different culture. Rebecca gives advice for those considering taking on a cultural assignment or those going to live and work in India.
Neil Anderson: A British Academic in the Netherlands Neil Anderson is Professor of Human Resource Management and Director of Research (CREWES) at Brunel Business School. He was formerly Professor at the University of Amsterdam for several years. He talks about his experience of working as an occupational psychologist in The Netherlands. He mentions some possible reading. The references are:
Anderson, N, Ones, D. Sinangil, H. and Viswesvaran, C. (Eds) (2001). The Handbook of Industrial , Work and Organisational Psychology, Sage, 2001 White, C. and Boucke, L. (2005) The Undutchables: An observation of the Netherlands, its culture and its inhabitants. White Bocke
Van der Horst, H (2001) The Low Sky: Understanding the Dutch. Scriptum Publishers.
Paula Cruise: Research into Selection Processes in Jamaica Paula Cruise is a research associate at the University of Cambridge. She has conducted research into cultural explanation for selection decisions and gives an overview of her findings as well as some of the issues in conducting the research.
Janis Chng: Bridging cultural divides Janis Chng comes from Singapore but is trained as an Occupational Psychologist in the UK. Whilst based in the UK, she has had a significant amount of travel, mainly to the Far East, for her work. In this video, she talks about her more recent experience of working with clients in China as well as some of the challenges she faced in bridging differences between the cultures.
Anna Brown: Moving from Russia to work in the UK Anna Brown is a psychometrician working for SHL Group and is originally form Russia. She talks about her experience of working for the SHL distributor in Moscow and for the last 10 years for the Head Office in the UK.
Helen Baron Helen Baron works in the UK, but but did her psychological training abroad in Israel. She recalls her experience of coming back to the UK to work and adapting to the cultural differences.