Rhys Lewis

Rhys Lewis was an Industrial-Organizational Psychologist

Rhyss rating: A terrific 5/5

Love it! The field is in high demand all over the world. It's also the highest paid area of psychology, with salaries averaging ~$20 000 per year higher than the next highest paid area of Psychology.

Broadly, I/O Psychology is the science of applying psychological principles to the workplace. How I/O differs from other areas of Psychology is that we solve personnel problems rather than personal problem. Our mandate is to make healthy people happier and more productive.

People on the "I" side of I/O Psychology focus on benefitting employers (e.g., design employee selection systems, training systems, compensation system). People on the "O" side focus on benefiting employees (e.g., designing jobs to be more rewarding, studying teamwork, leadership development, employee satisfaction, employee engagement, facilitating mergers and acquisitions).

Some I/O Psychologists become professors at universities. Most are practitioners working as either (1) independent consultants for businesses, (2) government employees, or (3) in-house consultants for a particular business (e.g., Google). Most consulting work focuses around employee selection and/or leadership development.

My own career path was very direct: after completing my Masters in I/O Psychology, I was hired by a test publishing firm while completing my Ph.D. I worked at the test publisher for 5 years. Although I could happily have stayed much longer, Sokanu made an offer I couldn't refuse. So here I am!

Rhys Lewis was a Web Developer

Rhyss rating: A pleasant 4/5

Loved the flexibility in getting to control what projects I accepted, when I worked, and where I worked. The job also offered a good balance of left-brained programming with right-brained creativity/design.

A few considerations for anyone considering the field:
- It can be lonely working solo on projects all the time
- Requires high self-discipline
- Must be good at self-taught learning. Technology evolves so quickly that you must either be able and willing teach yourself the new technologies or else your skills will quickly become dated.

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Rhys is a Mentor

Mentors are friendly, outgoing and natural influencers. They thrive in environments where they can interact with people. Mentors are all about being part of a team, and quite often they are the leaders. They are excellent support systems for people, and their self-confident nature allows them to be persuasive when they think it’s the appropriate time to do so.

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