Industrial/Organizational Psychology: Personal Statement

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I recently read a memorable bit of data that emphasizes the importance of working in a career that provides purpose and satisfaction; between the ages of 20 and 65, an average individual, working a forty-hour work week with two weeks vacation per year, will devote over 90,000 hours to their profession. My decision to apply to the Master of Arts program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology is a result of my personal mission to find a career path that engages my interests, employs my skills and talents and provides a sense of satisfaction for 90,000 hours or more.

In the spring of 2013, I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Science. Shortly thereafter, I began working for Teachers Insurance Annuity
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The volunteer experiences were the most gratifying aspect of my last two and a half years of employment. I enjoyed listening to the needs of others and translating those needs into tangible solutions that served to make their work easier. I was intrigued by the synergy created when a group of people come together for a mission they believe in. I was fascinated by the ideas we bring to life when empowered employees to take personal responsibility for corporate culture of their place of employment. I have a vested interest in ensuring that every employee feels safe ‘bringing themselves to work’ each day, no matter what that means. Working on these projects captivated me; they aligned my personality, values, skills and talents. I realized that I wanted to spend my 90,000 plus hours working in a job that provided me this level of satisfaction. The best chance I have at being qualified and effective in executing this work is to pursue a degree that teaches me the science behind the principles I have observed and experienced firsthand in my workplace. As much as anyone can predict the future about anything, I believe that this Master of Arts degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology will lead me to the career I never knew I always

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