East Campus 5 (EC5)
305 Phillip Street
Tel: 519 888-4567 x 31012
Current employer: Business Expertise Advisor, Service Canada
Academic Background: Political Science, Simon Fraser University
I was provided with some excellent feedback from a colleague in
my department regarding the specialization and professionalism of this
program. As a public servant for the past five years, this program has provided the skills and knowledge to help advance my career in the public service.
The opportunity to represent and serve the public on behalf of the government is self-rewarding and is a great privilege. The diverse career options available within the different levels of government are very appealing. The experiences I have already achieved demonstrate the flexibility and opportunity for progression.
I aspire to obtain a high level of expertise within my current department to one day hold a position within an executive advisory board where my knowledge and background can be influential to the direction of the department and the entire federal government.
I took this opportunity as a honour and decided to make the most out of my experience. I became a director of the program’s student association as the Director of Academic Affairs. This position provided the outlet to become a strong leader amongst my peers and enhanced a variety of skills from both an academic and professional perspective.
The atmosphere within the MPS program environment was responsible for many of my favourite moments. It enabled the entire cohort to be a tight-knit group and provided the opportunity for us to perform our best work and also greatest memories.
The transition back into academia is never an easy challenge; however the support from fellow students, professors and the program staff made the adjustment smooth and worthwhile. Moreover, the value of knowledge obtained through MPS can be stretched and expanded to as far each student wants. Beyond the success achieved in the classroom, the transferable skills have been very important.
An instrumental quality to becoming a successful student and public servant is patience. There are numerous concepts, theories, and strategies to be learned in this program and it will take time and persistence to truly master them. The goal of this program is to prepare you for the public service; from my experience patience has been paramount.
I would suggest everyone to have fun and make the program as interesting as possible. This can be done by tackling subjects and topics within the public service in which you have a genuine interest. The work completed in this program can be an outlet for both academic and professional purposes. Lastly, the connections you make in this program have great potential to last throughout your career - be sure not to forget that!
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Office of Indigenous Relations.