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Interest Group for Emerging IOPS (IGEWP)

Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa

Interest Group Overview

Becoming a registered Industrial-Organisational Psychologist (IOP) is unquestionably a demanding undertaking. The creation of the Interest Group for Emerging Work Psychologists (IGEWP) stemmed from the recognition of the specific needs and challenges faced by interns and emerging IOPs throughout the country. Motivated by a shared commitment to give back and assist others on the path to IOP registration, IGEWP was established to provide support and guidance to fellow emerging IOPs.

Which field of psychology does the interest group target?

Industrial Psychology: Emerging Work Psychologist

Vision and Purpose

The vision of IGEWP is to create a supportive and inclusive community that empowers and guides interns and emerging Industrial-Organisational IOPs in their journey towards IOP registration. IGEWP aims to foster a professional environment where emerging IOPs can thrive and contribute to the field of work psychology.

Strategic Objective

The mission of IGEWP is to provide a platform and resources for interns and emerging IOPs to navigate the process of becoming registered IOPs. The interest group strives to facilitate knowledge sharing, networking opportunities, and advocacy for emerging IOPs. IGEWP aims to address the needs and challenges faced by interns and emerging IOPs by providing guidance, support, and information related to internships, workplace readiness, ethics, transformation, professional organizations, corporate partnerships, university support, and international student issues.

What are the goals of the interest group?

  1. Provide a platform for emerging work psychologists to seek information and ask questions about becoming an intern and registering as an IOP with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA).
  2. Create opportunities for networking among emerging IOPs to foster professional connections and collaborations.
  3. Act as a communication link between key stakeholders, giving emerging IOPs a voice in the field.
  4. Build relationships with key stakeholders to bridge the gap between being an emerging IOP and a registered professional.
  5. Develop a succession plan for the interest group to ensure its ongoing relevance and representation of the needs of interns and emerging IOPs.

Committee Members

Marelie Botha
Marelie Botha
Nicole Hayes
Support Member
Jenna Wiliams
Jenna Williams
Carmen Latre
Carmen Latre
Support Member
Anesh Pillay
Anesh Pillay
Co-Vice Chairperson

Recent Achievements


Specific events:

  • August 2021: Ethics 101 workshop
  • November 2021: Workplace readiness workshop
  • February 2022: NWU student chapter info session
  • March 2022: Quarterly report writing and internship tracking workshop
  • April 2022: Emerging IOP meet-up session
  • April 2022: Workplace readiness NWU graduate CV construction workshop
  • May 2022: Wellness workshop in collaboration with the Kaya Group.
  • July 2022: IGEWP emerging IOP survey results in comparison discussion at SIOPSA conference
  • July 2022: Emerging IOP Q & A session


“I am a Masters student and am currently in the process of registration as an intern IOP. I have reached out to IGEWP members before for assistance and they have always been willing to help. Becoming an IOP is a daunting process, it has been very reassuring knowing that we have the support of this group as emerging IOPs.”

“Marelie has been so amazing since I first messaged her about studies and the IOP field. I have always been scared to ask questions or reach out but Marelie made it such a comfortable environment for me to reach out any time. I know her for over a year and she has always been there to help. A phone call, voice note or message was never too much for her. She really made a difference in how I approached IOP applications and the field in general. I am grateful to her and the SIOPSA family she introduced me to.”

“A great platform to share experiences and received guidance while also reaching to others in the same field as emerging work psychologists, The team is most welcoming and receptive to all ideas and opinions shared.

Great work! ✨”

“I would like to take this opportunity in thanking you and Nicole Hayes for helping me when my primary supervisor ghosted me. Both of you tried your utmost best in trying to find me a supervisor to help sign off my quarter reports as I was in my last 2 quarters. Without the assistance of this platform, we emerging IOP or interns would have no one to speak to or have guidance from fellow IOPs who have walked through this part.

So thank you for that.

You'll have given me a platform to be heard and to never give up.”

Joining this Interest Group

Who can join this interest group?

Emerging work psychologists: Industrial Psychology students, IOP interns, and registered IOPs

Why Join (Benefits and Opportunities)?

1. Access to Information: By joining IGEWP, members gain access to a wealth of information and resources related to the process of becoming a registered IOP. This includes guidance on internships, registration requirements, ethical considerations, workplace readiness, and practical exposure.
2. Networking Opportunities: IGEWP provides a platform for interns and emerging IOPs to connect and network with fellow professionals in the field. This networking can lead to valuable collaborations, mentorship opportunities, and the exchange of ideas and experiences.
3. Professional Development: The interest group offers workshops, sessions, and events focused on enhancing professional skills and knowledge. These opportunities can contribute to the growth and development of emerging IOPs, allowing them to stay updated with the latest industry trends and best practices.
4. Advocacy and Representation: IGEWP acts as a voice for interns and emerging IOPs, representing their interests and concerns to key stakeholders. By being part of the interest group, members can contribute to the advocacy efforts and actively shape the field of industrial psychology.
5. Collaboration and Partnerships: IGEWP collaborates with corporate partners, supervisors, and professional organizations to create meaningful connections and opportunities for its members. This can lead to mentorship programs, job placement assistance, and access to industry experts.
6. International Student Support: For international students pursuing a career in work psychology, IGEWP offers specific support and resources to address their unique challenges. This includes compiling and sharing FAQ documents tailored to international students' needs.
7. Personal and Professional Support: Joining IGEWP provides a supportive community where members can seek advice, share experiences, and find guidance throughout their journey towards becoming registered IOPs. The interest group fosters a sense of belonging and camaraderie among its members.
8. Contribution to Succession Planning: As a member of IGEWP, individuals can actively participate in shaping the future of the interest group. By engaging in succession planning, members can help ensure that IGEWP remains relevant and representative of the needs of interns and emerging IOPs.

How to Join

To join, please contact IGEWP at emergingiop@siopsa.org.za. WhatsApp link

Interest Group Resources

Physical Address

Regus Ground Floor
Southdowns Ridge Office Park
Cnr John Vorster & Nelmapius Drive
Irene, Centurion
Pretoria, 0062

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