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Our new DOP initiative, PEARL stands for Post-graduate- Early Career- Activity- Research & Learning.

What is PEARL?

Our new DOP initiative, PEARL stands for Post-graduate- Early Career- Activity- Research & Learning.

The first PEARL event - Occupational Psychology Today: Demystifying the communication, publication, and dissemination of your work - was a webinar held on 29 April, 2022.

Our PEARL2 webinar - Developing and promoting yourself, your career, your professional practice, and your research - will be held on 18 November. We'll let you know when submissions open.

Why ‘early career’?

This is a term used across the different domains of applied psychology.

However, we fully recognise that people move into occupational psychology at different points in their career paths and that career trajectories in OP are likely to be non-linear.

So, you may be in the early stages of completing a formal qualification/ and or training in OP but already have many years of career experience.

PEARL is for everyone currently studying or researching as a post-graduate student in occupational/organisational psychology, or in training (QOP2), along with anyone who has in the last 2 years completed a degree or qualification in occupational psychology.

What happens in PEARL?

This is a chance to submit your work, have it reviewed and, if invited, present it to your peers in a safe and supportive environment. It’s also an opportunity to attend as a delegate.

There will be practitioner and academic keynotes at PEARL events and each PEARL webinar will have a theme/focus and workshop discussions to support skill development.

Why take part in PEARL?

  • Learn about the submission process for conferences and journal publication
  • Gain experience of presenting (presenters receive a certificate from the DOP to add to their development profile and keep track of their achievements)
  • Find out about the work your peers are doing
  • Hear from two keynotes about their career paths and achievements in occupational/organisational psychology
  • Networking
  • Become part of the DOP PEARL community

Who can take part? 

  • Students who are currently studying on or have recently completed a post-graduate course in Occupational/Organisational   Psychology
  • Candidates enrolled on the BPS Stage 2 Qualification in occupational psychology
  • PhD students whose research focuses on a topic falling within occupational/organisational psychology
  • Anyone who has completed a degree or qualification in occupational psychology in the last 2 years

Can I register to attend if I haven’t submitted this time?

  • Yes.  If you wish you can simply register for the event as a delegate when registrations open.

How should I prepare my submission?

When do submissions close?

  • Submissions for the event on 29 April are now closed. 

Are there any costs?

  • To encourage participation costs have been kept to a minimum
  • Registrants pay £5 to attend as delegates
  • The £5 fee is waived for presenters

Any questions?

If you have any questions about the PEARL initiative, please send an email to Christeen George, DOP Education and Training Lead

If you have questions about the PEARL event on 29 April or your PEARL submission, please send an email to [email protected]


PEARL is being organised for the Division of Occupational Psychology by: Phil McKee, Christeen George (Lead), Arianna Prudenzi, Varuni Wimalasiri and Andrew Clements.