Q&A with Gayane Gyulakopyan
California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University
PhD in Organizational Psychology, LA Campus
Principal Analyst at Boston Scientific
Q: How did your Alliant experience contribute to your career growth?
A: My experience at Alliant provided me with the knowledge and skills needed to advance in any IO field of choice. The curriculum taught me the foundational knowledge I needed and this was coupled with the practical application from my instructors and peers which helped me have a well-rounded experience to excel in my career.
Q: What do you enjoy most about your work?
A: I really enjoy making a positive impact within a company. The work I currently do helps support employee development, diversity and inclusion efforts and ensures equitable HR practices.
Q: What inspires you to make a positive difference in the world?
A: So many people spend the majority of their day at work and I want to make it a positive and enriching experience. I enjoy the work I do because it contributes to making thousands of employees’ work lives better and provides leaders with the tools to do just that on an ongoing basis.
Q: What types of challenges do you take on in your job that you find fulfilling?
A: In my role, I consult business and HR leaders on how to utilize data. I really enjoy being able to make data easy to understand and applicable for my clients to drive action. The majority of my clients are intimidated by data and struggle understanding how to apply the information which is where I come in and provide my consulting expertise.
Q: For those who don’t know what someone in your position does, describe your main responsibilities, a typical project, and/or for whom your work week makes a difference.
A: As a principal analyst, I provide data consulting to my client groups which include business and HR leaders. My main responsibilities are to analyze and present HR data to my clients in a way that supports their business and helps drive data-based decision making. Typically, I provide quarterly updates in the form of data visualization scorecards that my clients use to run their businesses and gauge progress. I also run custom data reporting projects that specialize in HR processes like workforce planning, DEI efforts and other strategic initiatives.
Q: Any advice you have for current students.
A: Ask questions, learn as much as you can while in school and most importantly write it all down in a sort of ‘IO handbook’ for your future self.