Juliana Serje, Bachelor of Arts, Economics
What led you to study economics? “I always saw myself working in international development for a developing region. My father encouraged me to study economics, so I did some research on which professions would be a possibility with an economics degree and found that policy analysts, economists, and research positions were common. They were not only directly related to development, but many of them would also be in high demand by the time I graduated.” How do you use your degree on the job? “My bachelor’s gave me the foundations of data analysis, econometrics, microeconomics and macroeconomics. I definitely use those basic principles on the job, along with my overall understanding of the economy and its fundamentals.” Juliana Serje is a Senior Development Analyst with McSweeney and Associates, a firm that helps Canadian municipalities with community and economic development. Read the full article in Generation FPA: Stories of Inspiring Alumni, Tuesday, September 4, 2018.
Sydney LaRose, Honours Economics and Journalism
“I took one class and I absolutely loved it: everything just made sense,” recalls LaRose, who switched to a combined honours in Economics and Journalism. “The whole world opened up to this new way of thinking.” She says her passion for Economics was confirmed during an internship with the Government of Alberta, working on the Domestic and International Policy for Agriculture and Forestry.
LaRose also credits her mentors, Professor Simon Power and Hashmat Khan, for encouraging her to pursue a master’s degree. LaRose will be starting a Master of Arts in Economics at the University of British Columbia in the fall.
Read the full article in FPA Voices: Faculty of Public Affairs in Review, Special Convocation Issue, June 2018, pp. 8.
Scott Bacon, Bachelor of Arts, Economics and Philosophy; Master of Arts, Economics
How did your education prepare you? “By encouraging me to network with colleagues, meet assignment deadlines, and compete for opportunities, my education prepared me for life after university. Practically speaking, the personal skills I developed while networking on campus carried over well in working with others at Statistics Canada. Moreover, the analytical skills I learned transferred well in working with databases and reading technical econometrics papers written by my peers. Being both numerate and literate has really helped me stand out, and I am very grateful for my education in providing me these two wonderfully symbiotic skillsets.” Scott P. Bacon is an Analyst-Economist at Statistics Canada, and Infantry Officer with the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa, Canadian Armed Forces. Read the full article in Career Paths,Generation FPA: Stories of Inspiring Young Alumni, Friday, April 27, 2018.
Scott McNeil, Master of Arts, Economics
“After earning a Bachelor of Journalism in 2011, Scott ended up working for a media analytics company, where he found himself more interested in the analytics than the media.
So when he heard Carleton’s Department of Economics was introducing a master’s specialization in data science, he decided to apply.”
“It was an intense program, which was perfect for me because I had already been in the workforce,” says Scott, who first completed the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Economics as a transition into the Master’s degree. “It gave me a really broad set of skills in mathematics and statistics.”
Scott also served as a research assistant to Assistant Professor Matthew Webb, helping him run computational simulations for his research. That experience helped him get a job as a data analyst working on the data team at Shopify. “It’s the biggest data team in Ottawa. That’s where I was hoping to end up,” says Scott.
“Graduates Who Are Making a Difference: From Homeless Shelters to Parliment Hill,” FPA Voices: Faculty of Public Affairs in Review, June 2017, cover and pp. 15.