After school, I wanted to go into the performing arts.  Thankfully my dad tried to force me to study drama at Tuks, which wasn’t quite what I had in mind.  So why exactly did I end up going for industrial and organisational psychology (IOP)?

As I have mentioned in a previous post, I stumbled upon industrial psychology by chance when a colleague decided to enrol for accounting at UNISA.  I toyed with the same idea for a brief moment, yet upon further investigation, I discovered IOP.

The story behind why I chose industrial and organisational psychology

The History that Led Up to This Moment in my Life

Prior to the moment, I had made the above decision a couple of things happened that shaped who I was at the time.

My very first job interview (apart from casual work I did in the UK) was at Flight Centre.  Their recruitment process fascinated me.  It included a telephonic interview, followed by psychometric testing, an in-store interview and a practical in-store experience.  By the time Flight Centre made me a job offer, I had completed and passed their in-house training programme.  A programme that had an 80% minimum pass rate.

Flight Centre remains to this day, an organisation that prioritises staff development and growth.  It was cut throat and the pressure to perform was more than I could take.  In the end, I just didn’t make the grade, but to this day Flight Centre has been the only company that invested in career counselling.  In my first year with the company, I had received career counselling.  The career counsellor spent an hour or more with me, to consider my career goals for the future.  This was in 2005.

After I resigned from Flight Centre I started working for a small travel agency in Hatfield.  Nothing about the position was bad per say, but it was the exact opposite of what I was used to.  There were no systems or work-procedures in place, very little guidelines and staff training were non-existent.  I had a steady income, but very little job satisfaction and drive.

It was here, at this little travel agency where I noticed the importance to working in an occupation and organisation that inspires and motivates you to be more.  I realised that not only did I want this for myself, but I also wanted to help others.  It became a personal mission for me to help those around me find a fit between themselves and their means to make a living.

So there you have it – why I decided on a major in industrial and organisational psychology.  Now it is your turn.  Share a career related story with me!
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2 thoughts on “Why Industrial and Organisational Psychology?”

  1. Before I decided to be a full time creative I also thought of going into industrial/organisational psychology. I wanted to inspire people to better themselves in their day to day lives. But I realised my love is for writing, and so I started a blog with the same objective I’ve always loved creating and I’m happy to be doing that full time now!

    1. That is awesome Kirstin. I love being creative as well, but I think the thing that makes me tick even more than creativity itself, is to solve a really good problem.

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