I graduated with my MA (Poli Sci) from UWaterloo in 2017 and recently began working as a Policy Analyst with the Department of Natural Resources (NRCan) in Ottawa. I am a part of their accelerated development program, the Policy Analyst and Recruitment Development Program (PARDP), which recruits new MA and PhD graduates from all over Canada and the world.
My Political Science education at the University of Waterloo is a big part of how I got to work in Canadian politics. By studying at Waterloo, I experienced politics firsthand as part of my co-op terms and applied the classroom discussions we regularly had in student life and in the workplace.
My first position following graduation (Professional Skills Communications and Events Specialist) and my current role (Graduate Student Experience Specialist) may seem an unconventional career trajectory following a Master of Arts in Political Science; however, the skills and experiences provided to me during my MA were crucial in both securing and succeeding in these rewarding and intellectually engaging positions.
1) What are some of the key things you learned in your Political Science major that helped prepare you for the job you have now?