Kate Andrews

Kate Andrews

Researcher Consultant


Global Consortium

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I graduated with a BS in mathematics.
I obtained a job as a systems analyst for a government contractor.
I studied psychology with a concentration in substance abuse and worked as a counselor.
I went back to school for a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.
I obtained a job as an internal Six Sigma consultant.
I obtained a job leading organizational training for a government contractor.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Applied Mathematics, Other
San Diego State University
graduate
Graduate
Applied Psychology
Alliant International University
doctorate
Doctorate
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Alliant International University
graduate
Graduate
Educational/Instructional Technology
American International University
Career

Career

Researcher Consultant

I develop surveys and conduct research for organizations.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Numbers
Numbers
Government
Government
Accomplishing Goals
Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

I work mostly from home. A great day at work is one in which I have numbers to crunch. That means I have a client and surveys are completed. I really like the gathering of data into a format that can be measured. During the day, I might get calls from 2-3 clients and 1 potential client. The clients want to know status of their project or to talk about a future project. A potential client is interested in speaking with me about new projects. On a great day, I do not get calls from salespeople!

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Skills that I did not learn in school and are essential for an industrial-organizational (I) professional are consultant skills. These are vital for an internal or external I-O consultant. I need to know how to develop and communicate shared goals, action plans, and results. I must know how to facilitate organizational leadership. Another skill is more SPSS training and experience. I need to know how to conduct a higher level of statistics than I was taught in school.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Educational courses including mathematics and psychology. Obtain either an internship, part-time job, or volunteer in an organization for experience in seeing how management executes their jobs. The easiest place to volunteer is a non-profit organization.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Applied Mathematics, Other
graduate
Graduate
Applied Psychology
doctorate
Doctorate
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
graduate
Graduate
Educational/Instructional Technology
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"'You cannot study mathematics-you are a girl.' - Society. I was the only girl in the mathematics program at that time in my studies that seemed to give evidence. 'You are too busy being a single mother and working full-time to go back to school' - My parents."

I made a commitment to myself and decided to deal with that noise head-on and move through it. I bought a personalized license plate that symbolized my doctorate and I would not put it on my car until I had my degree. Instead, I hung it over my computer for an inspiration.

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

I came from the "wrong side of the tracks" with no financial support. To go to state college, I worked to pay my tuition and books. I also did that for my master's degree. For my Ph.D., I obtained a job that had an educational reimbursement program.