Bravo to the qualitative and quantitative methods courses incorporated into Ryerson’s Sociology BA program! Upon graduation in 2012, I embarked on a journey to South Australia under the 1-year holiday work visa where I gained practical experiences working as a Marketing Officer. Then, I came back to complete my MA in Sociology and International Development. During my employment and graduate studies, I was able to utilize my research, analytical, and technical skills gained at Ryerson. Although challenging at the time, my exposure to research methods is now a rewarding experience- concentrate and learn the technical skills you are being taught, it will come in handy when you join the workforce. My undergraduate studies have greatly contributed to my work today- assisting vulnerable groups to enrich their livelihoods and to create a world free of poverty and hunger.
Currently, I am working as an Intern for the WFP in Rome, Italy. The technical skills I gained in Introduction to Quantitative Data Analysis and the Independent Senior Research Project have been exceptionally helpful in executing my current tasks as Data Manager. I analyze data collected from 101 countries on school feeding; liaise with governments; stakeholders; and WFP focal points to validate the results of the data provided and to develop communication documents. My academic background has helped me gain invaluable analytical skills from my professors and peers. I am forever indebted to Ryerson for the fundamental knowledge and practical opportunities (International Student Exchange, Experiential Learning, etc.) during my Sociology degree.
Do not limit yourself! Be confident and pursue challenges outside of your comfort zone by grabbing every opportunity that comes your way.