Post # 1
This is my first post but I’ve been lurking around here for a while.
I would appreciate advice/ideas/tips on how to make a career change. I have 4 years experience in market research. I completed a degree in Psychology and last year I decided to do a postgrad in Industrial and Organisational Psych (also called Work/Occupational Psych). I intend on pursuing my Masters Degree which in my country is enough to register as an I/O Psychologist. That was a bit of background….
I lost my job (company went under) in 2012 and have been doing freelance research work. I am looking at jobs, but given that I’m intending on doing my Masters next year, I want to change and work in an IOP related area to gain experience while studying. Which field/s in IOP require the skills I have from working in market research? I am interested in Change Management but I haven’t seen any entry/mid level positions. AND most people seem to progress to this from HR (which I’m not too crazy about). Please help with your words of wisdom!
Thank you Bees!
Post # 2
KeaLin: please….any advice….
Post # 3
KeaLin: hey! I think your field may be too specialized for the general bee population to be able to give much advice. you might find an IOP forum where people will really know what they’re talking about! could you talk to the university(ies) you’re interested in and maybe they could give you advice? professors, admissions or career counselors? do you have any colleagues that could advise you? or maybe try a LinkedIn group, too.
I have a psych degree also + master’s and specialize in workforce/career development. I’ve heard IO ppl w Master’s complain that they entry/mid level positions are indeed very limited, as the field lends itself to serving as an expert consultant and those with lots of business, etc experience have the best odds, at least during the economic downturn. I don’t know if this is true in your area, just something I’ve heard. Maybe if they are experts in your area, you could work for them? Like as a junior member, project associate, etc. at a consulting firm for example? I would pretty much google/network the crap out of your field in your area and see who’s doing what out there and how you can connect with them. (lol)
i would think HR positions (say HR at a marketing firm?), but it sounds like you don’t like HR? If you don’t mind would you differentiate your interests/role/desired position from an HR role as you see it?
Post # 4
chillinchillin: Thank you for your response! I took you advice and found an IOP group on LinkedIn. I saw a few posts that basically say (complain, actually) about the lack of entry/mid-level positions. Those who have been long in the game suggest volunteering.
Today I started looking at consulting firms…might have better luck there. I’ve seen a few that I will definitely approach.
What I don’t like about HR – the recruiting, selection, testing part of it. I’ve noticed certain functions that were part of HR but are now “stand-alone” like compensation/benefits. But the jobs I’ve seen (Compensation Manager) still require some HR experience!