Psycho…metrist, Entrepreneur and all round nice gal | Marzenna Almendro #ProudProfile
After graduating with an Honours Degree in Psychology, Marzenna went onto complete her practical hours at a reputable psychometric consultancy gaining a wealth of experience in psychometric assessments in the work place, which allowed her to write her board exam and register with the Health Professions Council of SA in 2010. She was involved in testing, compiling reports, giving feedback to candidates (from junior management to exco-level) as well as their HR consultants. Other responsibilities included research, marketing, compiling the company monthly newsletter, training, and running the Johannesburg and Cape Town assessment departments.
Her biggest challenge, however, was being a 20-something year old telling 30, 40 and 50 something year olds what their developmental areas were. Without much business experience and being so young, she couldn’t command their respect. So, with a passion for media Marzenna returned to radio (which she had dabbled in during her varsity days) in 2011 for two reasons: as an outlet for her extraverted tendencies, and to gain experience working within a massive corporate by managing the national retail radio station for Pick n Pay.
She consulted after hours as well as attended courses to keep up to date with the latest psychology trends and test development during her ‘radio stint’. Marzenna has gained invaluable marketing experience, and furthermore, a deeper understanding of the dynamics of a business and retail giant (and had a lot of fun along the way).
Armed with practical experience in business, a continued love for her field and a maturity that only years in the work-force awards one with, Marzenna now works in private practice under the umbrella of the PsychMatters brand in Bedfordview. She offers the corporate client a selection of psychometric assessments to ensure the best match between job applicant and vacancy, development, succession planning and general employee wellness on a national scale.
Psychometric assessments are all about placing the right person into the right job in the organisation. This goes a long way in avoiding underperformance and personal frustration. Poor hiring decisions can have massive ramifications. Some estimates have put a cost on a bad hire such as losing one and a half to three times that person’s annual salary.
For the private client, Marzenna assists one to look at what their capabilities, interests, personality traits and values are when deciding what career path to choose. Confucius said “Find a job that you love and you will never work a day in your life”. Marzenna not only lives by this premise herself, but she assists others to do the same.
As a trained Play Attention Practitioner, she assists children and adults to learn and master the cognitive and behavioural skill to focus, concentrate and be attentive to the tasks at hand. She received her Neuro-bio-edu-feedback training which is an integrated educational attention training computerised system employing a combination of brainwave energy monitoring, cognitive skills exercise, and behaviour shaping techniques.
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