I AM GETTING MY MASTER’S!!!!!!!
Now, let the stress sink in and the anxiety grow.
That’s basically what I have been feeling lately. It’s a mixture of excitement, nerves, and not knowing whether or not I am going down the right path.
It’s been six years since I graduated from college. At the time, I thought that would be it for my college career. I was set on the decision that I would never return back to school.
In fact, I felt the same way up until just a short year ago (or long year thanks to an eventful 2020).
But, some of the best things in life come when we least expect them. Apparently, I am living that realization right now.
Starting on Monday, January 11th, I am going to be pursuing my Master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. It’s a field that I am incredibly interested and deeply passionate about. Plus, I am getting it for free thanks to my job, so I figured why no make the most out of the opportunity while I have the time.
Why I/O Psychology?
The main purpose of an I/O psychologist is to better the issues related to recruitment, selection and placement, training and development, performance measurement, workplace motivation and reward systems, quality of work life, structure of work and human factors, organizational development, and last but not least, consumer behavior.
With that said, I hope you can see why I am so passionate about it.
I have spent the last three years of my life trying to create a better life for myself while also trying to help others to do the same.
As for work, I love working. I love helping those I work with, and really, I just try to do whatever I can in the work environment to bring out the best in myself and those around me. I have always seen myself doing behavioral performance or improvement training, and this is exactly the program that is going to help me achieve that goal.
My Passion For Psychology
Here’s the thing, I love studying the minds of the world’s most successful individuals – individuals like Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook, Elon Musk, Oprah, Warren Buffett, you get the idea.
Anyhow, I have always been fascinated by how they achieved the success they have. Like what is it about their work ethic that led to their success? What did they do differently/how do they think differently than everyone else? Seeing that all of these individuals essentially came from nothing, what was their thought process over the course of life? How did they continue to move forward when all of the cards were stacked against them?
This is what I want to learn, and then I plan on taking what I learn and bringing it into a corporate setting. I want to help individuals who are struggling in the professional world and want to help them succeed.
I think too, it goes deeper than that. It’s about finding passion and meaning in the work you are doing. Seeing that 80% of Americans aren’t happy with their current job, I want to help that population find joy, fulfillment, and success in their job. I believe one of the best ways to do so is to help all employees find their “Why” or their reason for doing the job they are currently doing.
Once you begin to find passion in the work you are doing and see the bigger picture/purpose behind the work, I think employees begin to take their jobs more seriously, thus doing better work.
Anyhow, time to get back to studying. It’s time to get some school work done so this stress will ease.
Here’s to the next 2-3 years and another exciting adventure in this amazing gift called life!