Changing Careers for Job Satisfaction: What to Consider
“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot
Job satisfaction can be defined as the level of contentment that employees feel about their work and this key variable has been found to impact quality of life in a number of important ways. Research has demonstrated that personal reports of happiness are related to job satisfaction. It has also been shown to have a significant impact on mental health and well-being. Additionally, it makes an impact on perceptions of quality in interpersonal relationships; with relationships shown to suffer due to low levels of job satisfaction.
Given the significant impact of job satisfaction on quality of life, it is not surprising that the average person will change careers 12 times throughout their lifetimes. Thinking of changing careers yourself? Here are a few questions you may have.
What motivates people to change careers?
There are many factors which impact the ultimate decision to change one’s career. Research shows that one of the most commonly reported reasons for the initiation of a career change is money. A second commonly reported reason is a desire for increased appreciation and recognition at work. Other strong motivators for changing careers include stress, needing flexible work options, and the desire for opportunities to advance.
The degree to which a career change is ultimately perceived as successful may be impacted by a number of factors, such as the actual opportunities which exist in the new chosen field and the degree of educational preparation engaged in prior to the attempted career change.
Where does I/O psychology fit with job satisfaction?
In an effort to initiate a successful career change, many people research the outlook of the field in which they may have an interest. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of industrial and organizational psychology is expected to experience significant growth through the year 2028. The Occupational Handbook reports a 19% projected increase in employment in the area of industrial and organizational psychology between the years of 2014 and 2024, which is much higher than the projected growth of related fields. Additionally, the field of industrial and organizational psychology has diverse opportunities which allow individuals working in this area to explore a wide variety of interests, such as talent management, recruitment, training and development, consulting, and coaching, to name a few.
What I/O psychology career options are there for me?
The M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology program at Adler’s University Online Campus prepares students to enter the field of industrial and organizational psychology as competent professionals, fully capable, and confident to occupy a wide variety of positions, such as:
- Staff Analyst
- Diversity Recruiter
- Human Resource Manager
- Training and Development Liaison
- HR Talent Acquisition Analyst
- Leadership and Talent Consultant
- Base Personnel Selection Officer
- Talent Acquisition Coordinator
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