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How I Stumbled Upon I-O From a Totally Different Career


by Carrie Zapka

Read More From SIOP’s Blog Team on the SIOP Exchange!

How does a microbiologist end up in I-O? Carrie Zapka, one of the new contributing bloggers for the SIOP Exchange, explains in her first post how she found the fieldof I-O psychology and why she decided to pursue it as a career.

Zapka says she thinks I-O psychologists need to work to help others discover the field of I-O. She discusses her opinions as well as her journey to discovering the field in her first blog post this week for a continuing series called Idea Nut, which will explore the topics of I-O and innovation.

"It was not easy," Zapka explains in her post. "I-O is definitely not a well-known career option. I will share how I stumbled upon I-O (and I hope you will reply and share your story too) because I believe that we should find ways to help more people from diverse nonpsychology backgrounds to discover I-O too."

Continue reading the entire first SIOP blogger post by Carrie Zapka here, and post your reactions and comments to the Exchange today.

Check back to the Exchange in the coming weeks for new posts from SIOP’s bloggers!

About SIOP’s Bloggers

SIOP’s bloggers have been posting since late 2011. This group of members serves as opinion leaders and conversation starters. They contribute regularly to the content of the Exchange on various topics related to the field of I-O psychology, discussing topics as diverse as innovation in organizations, employee well-being, leadership development, legal issues, education and training of students, I-O and sustainability, selection and assessment, entrepreneurship, groups and teams, and women in the workplace.

The SIOP blogger crew is also a diverse one, with Members, Student Affiliates, and Associates from science and practice, working in organizations across the country. For a complete list of SIOP bloggers, visit the blogger profile page on the SIOP Exchange here.

If you have any questions about the SIOP Exchange, please contact the SIOP Electronic Communications Committee Chair Chris Rotolo at christopher.rotolo@pepsico.com. For technical questions, contact Stephany Schings Below at sbelow@siop.org. For more information about contributor guidelines, view the Exchange post policy here.