Young Professionals – Vyacheslav Gerasimov

DR TATIANA POSPELOVA Young Professionals Editor

 

 

 

 

Our contributor this issue is:

Vyacheslav Gerasimov
Methodologist of the Resource Scientific at the Center for Continuing Education “Vorobyovy gory”
Moscow

 

Thank you for setting aside some time to talk with me today.  Please introduce yourself to our readers.  Now it would be great for you to introduce yourself and tell us what you are working on at the moment.  You can talk about your dissertation as well as the direction in psychology.

Greetings, dear reader!  My name is Vyacheslav Gerasimov.  For the last six years I have been living in Moscow, where I came to study in graduate school.  At the moment, I am preparing to defend my PhD thesis in technical specialty, while studying for a master’s degree in psycholinguistics of linguistic manipulation.  I conduct training for teenagers, organize online marathons, conduct a course on career guidance where I traditionally share my personal experience, advise not to repeat my mistakes, and take the choice of career seriously.

How did it happen that during the writing of your thesis you realized that it was not your calling and switched to the career in psychology.

First, I have been interested in psychology since high school.  In my spare time, I liked to attend self-development courses, training, and read relevant books.

Secondly, having moved to Moscow, I joined a new community where professional activity was both a hobby and the meaning of life.  This helped me to realize that my chosen specialty didn’t spark such an interest in me and I searched for about a year, despite the fact that the field of interest was obvious.  The truth is that I was born in a small town of Ulan-Ude, where there are few opportunities for a psychologist, so no one takes this career seriously.

Mastering a new specialty was a tough choice considering I was working on my dissertation.  I had to forget about leisure time for a while, but, on the other hand, I became better at psychology than at my first specialty.  Now l can say that my professional activity has become the meaning of my life.

How is the attitude to psychology changing in the world and in Russia, and what are the prospects of its development as a science in the next five years?

Psychology is quite a broad area. If we talk about such applied areas as the psychology of sport achievements, career guidance, and adaptation of people with disabilities, we can clearly see the need for psychologists in these areas.  In developed countries, where traditions that served as a support for the solution of psychological problems are already forgotten, there is a demand for such topics as parenting, family relations, motivation, socialization and others.  At the same time, in many countries there is a confusion of psychology with esotericism, which greatly affects the reputation of the former.  As a result, an ambiguous attitude is being formed.

Also, psychology is very close to philosophy in a way that both have several equal directions that might contradict each other.  Different directions effectively cope with their range of problems, so they have the right to exist and are provided with their target audience.
Many people in Russia will consider a visit to a psychologist a whim, although quite a large number of people are psychologically illiterate and have many problems because of this.  I am glad that there is a growing demand for the professional services in this field.

Not everyone agrees that psychology can be considered a science, and I agree with this opinion to a degree, given that I am familiar with the exact sciences.  Science has made great advances in the study of physics and chemistry, and is now intensively mastering the laws of biology.  These discoveries are lifting the veil of mystery over psychology, where all the big discoveries are yet to come.  Most likely, many of them will be in the field of psychophysiology.  For example, the Nobel Prize for the opening of the mechanism of short-term and long-term memory was awarded only in 2000, which is quite recently by the standards of science.  I suppose that when we fully understand how the psyche and consciousness work, we will be able to create similar phenomena in the form of self-aware artificial intelligence.  I’m not sure I’d like to live up to this point.;)

 

Tell us about your move to Moscow from Siberia, and what you studied in Moscow.  Do you have any plans to go somewhere else?  It would be great if you mention your first internship in Sweden, which broadened your mind and gave you motivation to move forward.

While studying at school, I learned that the happiest people live in Denmark, so I dreamed of going there for a long time.  By the third year of university, having already forgotten about the old dream, I accidentally learned about the international programs at our university.  So, I submitted an application and received a six-month internship in Sweden.  On my way back I visited Denmark and, honestly, I didn’t feel like I wanted to move there.

This trip changed my perception of the world.  Thus, having graduated from the university, I was determined to move to Moscow; that is why I went to graduate school.  Even before mastering psychology, I thought about moving abroad.  However, wise people explained that it is much easier to grow professionally in your own country, where you know the rules and have a citizenship.  In the future, I would like to participate in international projects in my professional field.

In your opinion, what are your main professional and personal achievements?

My main achievement is the growing number of grateful clients whom I have helped to change their lives for the better.  In some cases, the changes were as drastic as in my own life.

I have also developed several career guidance methods, which have been used by thousands of teenagers within the frames of corporate projects I am a part of.

My personal achievement is my close, trusting relationship with my parents who see me as their main support and thanks to whom I have a strong moral support as well.

Last but not least, what are your professional plans and dreams?

The last year was devoted to the creation and testing of an online project for self-development. We have a good intermediate result, so now we need to focus on promotion.

In the medium term, I will be working in the field of motivation and loyalty in the corporate environment.  This will be the object of my thesis research.

My most secret dream is to bring something valuable into the field of psychology.

Thank you for setting aside some time to talk with me today.  Please introduce yourself to our readers.  Now it would be great for you to introduce yourself and tell us what you are working on at the moment.  You can talk about your dissertation as well as the direction in psychology.

 

Greetings, dear reader!  My name is Vyacheslav Gerasimov.  For the last six years I have been living in Moscow, where I came to study in graduate school.  At the moment, I am preparing to defend my PhD thesis in technical specialty, while studying for a master’s degree in psycholinguistics of linguistic manipulation.  I conduct training for teenagers, organize online marathons, conduct a course on career guidance where I traditionally share my personal experience, advise not to repeat my mistakes, and take the choice of career seriously.

How did it happen that during the writing of your thesis you realized that it was not your calling and switched to the career in psychology.

First, I have been interested in psychology since high school.  In my spare time, I liked to attend self-development courses, training, and read relevant books.

Secondly, having moved to Moscow, I joined a new community where professional activity was both a hobby and the meaning of life.  This helped me to realize that my chosen specialty didn’t spark such an interest in me and I searched for about a year, despite the fact that the field of interest was obvious.  The truth is that I was born in a small town of Ulan-Ude, where there are few opportunities for a psychologist, so no one takes this career seriously.

Mastering a new specialty was a tough choice considering I was working on my dissertation.  I had to forget about leisure time for a while, but, on the other hand, I became better at psychology than at my first specialty.  Now l can say that my professional activity has become the meaning of my life.

How is the attitude to psychology changing in the world and in Russia, and what are the prospects of its development as a science in the next five years?

Psychology is quite a broad area. If we talk about such applied areas as the psychology of sport achievements, career guidance, and adaptation of people with disabilities, we can clearly see the need for psychologists in these areas.  In developed countries, where traditions that served as a support for the solution of psychological problems are already forgotten, there is a demand for such topics as parenting, family relations, motivation, socialization and others.  At the same time, in many countries there is a confusion of psychology with esotericism, which greatly affects the reputation of the former.  As a result, an ambiguous attitude is being formed.

Also, psychology is very close to philosophy in a way that both have several equal directions that might contradict each other.  Different directions effectively cope with their range of problems, so they have the right to exist and are provided with their target audience.Many people in Russia will consider a visit to a psychologist a whim, although quite a large number of people are psychologically illiterate and have many problems because of this.  I am glad that there is a growing demand for the professional services in this field.

Not everyone agrees that psychology can be considered a science, and I agree with this opinion to a degree, given that I am familiar with the exact sciences.  Science has made great advances in the study of physics and chemistry, and is now intensively mastering the laws of biology.  These discoveries are lifting the veil of mystery over psychology, where all the big discoveries are yet to come.  Most likely, many of them will be in the field of psychophysiology.  For example, the Nobel Prize for the opening of the mechanism of short-term and long-term memory was awarded only in 2000, which is quite recently by the standards of science.  I suppose that when we fully understand how the psyche and consciousness work, we will be able to create similar phenomena in the form of self-aware artificial intelligence.  I’m not sure I’d like to live up to this point.;)

Tell us about your move to Moscow from Siberia, and what you studied in Moscow.  Do you have any plans to go somewhere else?  It would be great if you mention your first internship in Sweden, which broadened your mind and gave you motivation to move forward.

While studying at school, I learned that the happiest people live in Denmark, so I dreamed of going there for a long time.  By the third year of university, having already forgotten about the old dream, I accidentally learned about the international programs at our university.  So, I submitted an application and received a six-month internship in Sweden.  On my way back I visited Denmark and, honestly, I didn’t feel like I wanted to move there.

This trip changed my perception of the world.  Thus, having graduated from the university, I was determined to move to Moscow; that is why I went to graduate school.  Even before mastering psychology, I thought about moving abroad.  However, wise people explained that it is much easier to grow professionally in your own country, where you know the rules and have a citizenship.  In the future, I would like to participate in international projects in my professional field.

In your opinion, what are your main professional and personal achievements?

My main achievement is the growing number of grateful clients whom I have helped to change their lives for the better.  In some cases, the changes were as drastic as in my own life.

I have also developed several career guidance methods, which have been used by thousands of teenagers within the frames of corporate projects I am a part of.

My personal achievement is my close, trusting relationship with my parents who see me as their main support and thanks to whom I have a strong moral support as well.

Last but not least, what are your professional plans and dreams?

The last year was devoted to the creation and testing of an online project for self-development. We have a good intermediate result, so now we need to focus on promotion.

In the medium term, I will be working in the field of motivation and loyalty in the corporate environment.  This will be the object of my thesis research.

My most secret dream is to bring something valuable into the field of psychology.

 

 

 

 

Published by the Triple Helix Association  –  ISSN 2281-4515

 

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