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Career outcomes

Below is a brief listing of recent grads and their exciting jobs.

Read our alumni profiles for more information about what a Political Science degree can do for you.

Career spotlight on Sarah Howard

Alumna Sarah HowardSarah  completed her Master of Arts, Political Science in 2017.  As a student, Sarah received the PSCI Senate Graduate Award for exceptional work as a TA, the Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies Award for highest overall average of her graduating cohort, and the Arts Senate Graduate Award for exceptional academic achievement in PSCI 600. Sarah also played a pivotal role in organizing the 2017 Annual Graduate Student Conference: The Trend Towards Global (Dis)Integration.

Sarah's research, supervised by Professor Emmett Macfarlane, focused on Canadian public policy. Her MRP, Preventing Deaths in Custody: The Role of the Coroner's Inquest in Policy Change, provided Sarah with the opportunity to write literature reviews, review data, and perform qualitative analysis of survey responses.

Since graduating, she has been working in Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs at the University of Waterloo. Sarah was able to use the skills she gained in her graduate degree to secure her first position following graduation as a Professional Skills Communications and Events Specialist. She continues to use her graduate degree skills in her current role as a Graduate Student Experience Specialist.

Career spotlight on Muneeba Omar

Muneeba OmarWhile studying at Waterloo, Muneeba received the Queen Elizabeth II “Aiming for the Top” Scholarship for four consecutive years. She was appointed the University delegate to the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, and the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, where she represented student interests at provincial and federal lobby group conferences.

Muneeba started her career in Pakistan as a current affairs columnist and editorial staff member with a leading English newspaper. In 2006, she returned to Canada to pursue an MA in International Affairs at Carleton University. She graduated with distinction, in 2008, and was the recipient of the Domestic Tuition Scholarship, the Joubin-Selig Scholarship in International Affairs, and the International Affairs Departmental Scholarship.                       
In June 2008, Muneeba joined the Canadian federal government through the Recruitment of Policy Leaders program, an initiative aimed at recruiting exceptional candidates into the Public Service. She is also a graduate of the Accelerated Economist Training Program, a two-year leadership development program, during which she worked on a variety of social, economic, and international policy issues.

Muneeba recently moved from Ottawa, to take on a new role as an economic development officer with the Federal Economic Development Agency of Southern Ontario. Prior to this, she held various government positions including, senior policy analyst with Health Canada, senior economist in the Department of Finance, and a policy advisor in the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs.

Her humanitarian and volunteer initiatives have included, assisting with victims of the 2005 Pakistani earthquake, the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization, and the Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign.

Muneeba stays connected to Waterloo by participating in alumni events, and she is an informal liaison for Government of Canada post-secondary recruitment, reaching out to departments and students in the Faculty of Arts.

DegreeMuneeba obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Waterloo in 2005.

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