STRUCTURAL-FUNCTIONAL MODEL OF AN ORGANIZATION, IMPLEMENTING EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE AND THE PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION OF PSYCHOLOGISTS

  • The authors:
    Liudmila A. Dikaya
    Zanele Ntombifuthi
    lamini
    Phinda Calvin Dlamini Angelina Bocharova
    Natalia Popenkova
  • Issue: July 24-26th, 2019
  • Pages: 197-204
  • Section: SOCIAL CAPITAL AND PRESTIGE OF PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION
  • URL: http://conference-ifl.rudn.ru/197-204/
  • DOI:
    10.22363/09669-2019-197-204

Abstract. The key trends for the psychology profession in future are the
growing demand of psychological services and the need for a narrow
specialization of psychologists as well. Meanwhile, the issue of employment
of a professional psychologist by profession still remains unresolved in
Russia.
Objective of the study is establishing a structural-functional model of an
organization, that implements employment assistance and the professional
preparation of psychologists.
The aim of the project is specified in the following tasks:
1) to analyze the expertise in establishing organizations which, provide
assistance in job placement of specialists from different countries (Russia,
Republic of South Africa, Association of European countries);
2) to identify the constructive aspects in other countries’ experiences, that
can be applied to the professional activities of psychologists;
3) to develop a structural-functional model of the organization, based on
the reviewed experience;
4) to describe the functional features of an organization that provides
assistance in finding employment and preparation for the professional duty
of psychologists.
To achieve the above stated objectives, we used the following
methodological tools:
1) analysis of the literature on the employment of specialists,
2) analysis of the websites of staff and recruitment agencies,
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3) an analysis of Internet resources to assist job seekers in finding
employment,
4) analysis of the experience of higher education institutions in assisting
graduates in regards to employment.
The work was carried out in the framework of a project activity
implemented by a team of authors – teachers and students (citizens of the
Russian Federation and the Kingdom of Eswatini) of the Academy of
Psychology and Educational Sciences of the Southern Federal University.
The analysis and integration of the experise from a number of countries in
the recruitment of specialists, as well as successfully operating in this area
of Internet platforms allowed us to summarize the positive international
experience. This experience was reflected in the structure-functional model
of the organization that we developed, which provides employment
assistance and preparation for the professional activities of psychologists.
Three areas of this work are highlighted: assistance in the employment of
psychologists; preparation for an interview and preparation for professional
activities.
As part of the first line of work, it is planned to assist psychologists in
finding employment. For this purpose, an Internet site will be created that
allows registered users – employers and job seekers-psychologists to find
each other on their own. The described direction is a priority and is closely
related to the implementation of the following two areas of work.
For applicants as a second direction of the organization, preparation for an
interview is offered. Within this direction, a number of trainings are held,
aimed at increasing the ability to competently present themselves as a
professional. These are resume drafting trainings; writing an effective cover
letter; training of confident behavior; communication skills development
training; self-presentation training.
In addition, our organization can contribute to the professional development
of novice psychologists by organizing events that contribute to enhancing
their professional competence, and acquiring the skills necessary for further
work. This is the third area of work of our organization. Within its
framework, master classes from practicing psychologists for beginning
psychologists are carried out; author’s trainings for both practicing
psychologists and beginner psychologists; organization of internships with
employers.
Distinctive feature of the organization is its focus on interaction with both
applicants and employers, facilitating contact between them. The predicted
high efficiency of this organization will be manifested in increasing the
number of job placement psychologists in their specialty and improving the
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quality of their professional activities, motivated by the desire for self-realization in the professional psychological activity.
Keywords: Employment, organization, preparation, professional activity,
psychology

Liudmila A. Dikaya1, Zanele Ntombifuthi Dlamini2,
Phinda Calvin Dlamini3, Angelina Bocharova4, Natalia Popenkova5
1
Southern Federal University, Rostov-on-Don, Russia,
e-mail: dikaya@sfedu.ru
2
Southern Federal University, Rostov-on-Don, Russia,
Kingdom of Eswatini, e-mail: zaneldee@gmail.com
3
Southern Federal University, Rostov-on-Don, Russia,
Kingdom of Eswatini, e-mail: yenziwe.ntando@gmail.com
4
Southern Federal University, Rostov-on-Don, Russia,
e-mail: angelina.mironenko.17@mail.ru
5
Southern Federal University, Rostov-on-Don, Russia,
e-mail: popenkowa@gmail.com

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