Alumnus - Class of 2015


Academic background: Arts and Business- History, Human Resources Specialization, University of Waterloo
Co-op position: Service Design & Transition Assistant, Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services 

Why did you choose Waterloo's Master of Public Service Program?

I took a keen interest in Aboriginal issues throughout my undergraduate degree and was immediately drawn to Waterloo’s Master of Public Service program as the best fit to facilitate my transition into the public service. It combines theoretically based application with professional work experience through the coop component. Having previously completed my undergraduate degree at Waterloo further made the decision easier.

Why do you want to work in the public service?

Being interested in Aboriginal issues made me realize that a career in the public service was the route to pursue. Working in the public service enables the design and formulation of policy recommendations to facilitate positive change.  It is my aspiration to take part in this process and be part of that change. 

What is your dream public service career?

The areas that I am specifically interested in our research and policy analysis. Through this program and beyond, developing social change in Canada through policy at any ministry would be fulfilling whether it be in Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada or not. 

What was it like to be a Waterloo MPS student?

Being part of the MPS program was challenging and rewarding at the same time. This was a unique experience that I will always cherish. I definitely felt like I was part of a community. At times it was stressful, but we all helped each other out and always made time to celebrate and have fun. 

What are your favourite MPS moments?

I love the everyday moments like just talking and interacting with everyone. I almost forgot how much fun board games were until Games Night, which the MPSA organized. Free food is always a plus. 

What are your favourite MPS spots?

The project room was definitely my favourite spot because it was so bright and spacious. I loved doodling on the white board to give myself a break from studying.

What did you learn about yourself in the last six months?

I learned that finding the balance to take time for myself, school work and friends is difficult, but achievable. I really learned how to manage my time, without having one aspect of my life take precedence over the others. 

What advice would you give to someone who is interested in the program?

Even if you do not have a strong policy or finance background, which I did not, don’t let that deter you.  This program will equip you with the professional skill set needed to pursue a career in the public service.

What other wisdom do you wish to impart onto others?

Honestly, I would say have fun and make the most out of this experience and the relationships that you build. Eight months go by really quickly. 

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