Academic Achievers Profile: Suné van Huyssteen
Award: Best achievement for research honours modules, sponsored by the Institute for People Management
Suné van Huyssteen completed her honours degree in Industrial Psychology at the University of Pretoria and is currently busy with her first year of master’s, while working as a research assistant at the Department of Human Resource Management.
Q1: How do you see your future role in the industrial and organisational psychology profession?
I see myself making an impact and playing a helping role: for organisations to reach their stated goals and objectives; for teams to realise their strengths and weaknesses; and for employees to discover their potential and to build on their strengths.
Q2: What part of human resource management / industrial and organisational psychology / labour relations has added the most value to your life?
For me IOP can be described as the science of human behaviour. Therefore, the most value that IOP has added to my life is to help me understand human behaviour better and help me realise that every person and problem is unique and should be treated in a unique manner.
Q3: What did you learn during your 2019 study year that has influenced you most?
I went into 2019 with the mindset to just learn, grow and improve with every assignment or task I received. During the year I realised that there is so much I still don’t know and that I need to consume as much information as I can in order to become a competent IOP. I learned how important it is to build a network, build good relationships and have a support system, as we can’t go through life and achieve success on our own.
Q4: Any tips for fellow students to achieve academic success?
Believe in yourself and never give up. You can’t wait for success to find you, you have to go and find it. Make use of the resources you have and always remember you are not alone in this.
Q5: What single message (a quote/motto/paragraph) would you want more people to know and remember?
"Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle." – Christian D. Larsen
‘TAKE 5 with…’ is a campaign by the Department of Human Resource Management to feature 2019’s academic achievers. The purpose of the campaign is firstly to honour the students by showcasing them and their achievements online, and also to give other students and members of academia and industry an insight into their ideas and the keys to their success. Each profile is made up of a short description of the candidate followed by their answers to five questions we posed to them.