Class of 2015/16
Area of interest: Policy analysis
Current position: Auditor General of Canada as a Performance Audit Trainee
The Master of Applied Politics program allows you to tailor your degree to your specific interests and career goals. In my case, it gave me the skills and knowledge needed for work in public policy. The courses were interactive and the material engaged with current policy debates. I also greatly benefitted from the regular interaction we had with practitioners in the field. I was accepted into the Major Research Project stream, which allowed me to sharpen the skills I had acquired by conducting a Policy Analysis Project (one of the options for the MRP). My project demonstrated to employers that I know how to use and apply the skills I learned in the program to real policy issues. Immediately upon completing the MAP, I was offered a position with the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. I am now (2018) with the Auditor General of Canada training to become a Performance Audit Professional. I am learning to audit federal government programs to determine whether they are being managed with due regard for economy, efficiency and effectiveness. The work that I will be doing with the Auditor General is especially interesting as it will build upon the research and methods I used in my policy analysis project.
Class of 2015/16
Area of interest: Public opinion.
Current position: Research Analyst in the Public Affairs Department at IPSOS.
The Master of Applied Politics program at Laurier gave me the opportunity to develop a practical skillset in public opinion research. I pursued the Public Opinion Project (one of the options for the Major Research Project in the program), working with a client to design and implement a survey instrument, obtain data results and generate in-depth analytical conclusions in a final report. Taking courses in statistics, public policy, and public opinion research provided me with the necessary tools to produce a polished and high-quality report that I was able to bring to potential employers. Due to the practicality and hands-on experience gained in the program, I was able to land a job immediately after completing my Public Opinion Project. I now have a full-time job as a Research Analyst in the Public Affairs Department at IPSOS.
Class of 2013/2014
Areas of interest: Canadian Politics, Elections and Public Opinion
Current position: Negotiations Analyst, British Columbia Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
I chose Laurier for my master’s for the opportunity to specialize in Elections and Public Opinion, and for the chance to experience life far from my home on the West Coast. Laurier's small class sizes and focus on student-led learning provided many opportunities for leadership, and challenged me to go beyond my readings to learn more about the topics I would lead a discussion on. For my MRP, I was able to combine my interests in Canadian and Electoral Politics, and put my newly-acquired statistical analysis skills to work, in an analysis of voting patterns during the 2011 Canadian Federal Election. After graduation, I moved back to BC, and after a 6-month internship at the BC Legislature, I was hired by the BC Public Service as a Negotiations Analyst, working on negotiating modern Treaties with First Nations in British Columbia. My job affords the opportunity to put my analytical skills to work, and practice leading seminars at Laurier has helped me with leading discussions at the Treaty table.
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