Emma Parry

Phone: +44 (0) 114 222 3283
Email: e.parry@sheffield.ac.uk
Twitter @eparry16
LinkedIn: Emma Parry on LinkedIn
Qualifications: Qualification in Occupational Psychology (Stage 2) BPS
MSc Occupational Psychology
BA (Hons) Psychology
Level A Certificate in Occupational Testing
Level B Intermediate Certificate in Occupational Testing
Memberships: Committee Member, Working Group on Youth Employment, BPS
Member, Division of Occupational Psychology, BPS
Member, Special Group in Coaching Psychology, BPS
Member and Accredited Mentor, Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs
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I am an Occupational Psychologist (HCPC registered) and have worked for over 20 years in a small business specialising in European projects related to diversity and equal opportunities. Within this I have worked on projects in the following areas with a wide range of public and private organisations from across Europe:

  • Gender and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics): Promoting careers to young girls and supporting women’s career development in these sectors.
  • Entrepreneurship: Supporting individuals to start-up in business via personal development training and coaching programmes- particularly tailored to the needs of women, young people or those facing different disadvantages e.g. new migrants.
  • Career Development: Supporting individuals at transitional points in their personal and professional development e.g. women returning to work following a career break, young graduates.

I am an experienced Project Manager and bid writer and have submitted over 40 projects (over 30 of which have successfully received funding) to European and national funding bodies relating to projects in the fields above.


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Research Interests

My doctoral research focuses on the transitions of young people (18-25 years old) from education to employment. Within this area I am especially interested in the pre-transition feelings and experiences of young people before they navigate the important move from education to employment. I plan to focus on specific sub-groups of young people within my research e.g. young people in university with mental health issues.

I am also interested in the organisational side and perspective of youth employment – looking into age-appropriate recruitment practices undertaken by organisations, collecting examples of good practice of recruiting and employing young people and better understanding perceived barriers organisations may have in their approach to employing young people.