Our work at St George’s University
by Natasha Smith, Genius Within Coach
So, we have just finished our first academic year working at St George’s University in London. We have completed over 70 cognitive assessments with a wide range of students studying occupational degrees, such as medicine, paramedic science, physiotherapy and radiography, to name just a few.
This is our first break into the University setting, one which we felt was very much needed. Many of the cognitive assessments conducted at University are by Educational Psychologists, which makes perfect sense as they are in Education, but what about those who are doing degrees where they are training for a certain profession?
What we have aimed to do is provide a report that not only focuses on their academic studies, but also on their placements and their future job roles. When working with the student and writing their report we think about the following things:
- What area of work would be more suited to them given their strengths and weaknesses. For example, if they get easily distracted by what is going on around them, would they be better off working in a more controlled environment like General Practice or Surgery as opposed to Accident and Emergency?
- How they can apply their strengths to help compensate for their weaknesses? For example, use their great visual skills to help connect a patients case history.
- What strategies could they apply to help them work at their best?
Taking an Occupational stance helps the students prepare for the big movement into employment whilst feeling supported in the University environment.
So far we have received some great feedback and comments from those working at the university and from the students that we see: “Genius Within are extremely professional and provide a bespoke onsite diagnostic assessment service. The reports that they produce are clear, easy to read and transferable to education and employment. I would highly recommend them to other Higher Education institutions.” – Daniel Aherne, Disability Service Manager, St George’s University
We are thoroughly enjoying our venture into the University market and are looking forward to building new relationships and sharing what we have to offer. If you know anyone who may be interested in what we are doing please let us know. We would love to hear from you!