Into the Unknown

20161025_170900“When I began my journey…I did not have a fully mapped career path in my mind. I always told myself that I had time to figure it out and then in the blink of an eye, I found myself in the fourth year of my undergraduate degree.”

Written by: Crystal Lobo
Political Science Level IV

When I began my journey in Political Science, I did not have a fully mapped career path in my mind. I always told myself that I had time to figure it out and then in the blink of an eye, I found myself in the fourth year of my undergraduate degree. Like many of my peers, the tensions of the future got to me at the beginning of this academic year. I decided attended the Careers in Business Panel hosted by the Experiential Education office to see how my education could help me be successful in the job market.

The panel occurred on October 25, 2016. It consisted of three professionals who prided themselves on being McMaster Social Sciences alumni. The three panelists were from fields of consulting, human resources and corporate affairs, and policy and research analysis. Each of the panelists gave us students a description of their background, their education, and how they used lessons from the Social Sciences to carve their paths into fruitful and worthwhile careers in the business industry. Students then got the opportunity to ask panelists specific questions. Subjects of these inquiries included the value of an graduate-level degree, the transferability of skills obtained in the Social Sciences to careers in business, interview advice, and gender inequality in the industry, among many other topics. The panelists provided students answers bearing sources from their experiences and what they had seen over the years.

I learned two valuable lessons from attending the panel. First, I learned not to sell my Social Sciences degree short. The panelists helped me realize that this discipline effectively enhances skills in communication, innovation, and leadership. These skills not only impress employers but also craft successful careers in the business sector. Second, I learned the value of assessing our reasoning when making career decisions. For example, one of the panelists told us his reasoning against pursuing a graduate-level degree based on assessing that it would not specifically enhance his career growth or income in his role, but in other instances it might.  I may not pursue a career in business, but I still found this panel to be valuable because it made me open my mind to all the various opportunities my #SocSci degree will give me when I graduate.

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Valuable Lessons from the Career Networking Breakfast

Written by: Claudia Aparicio
Sociology Level IV

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend the Career Networking Breakfast for the second time as an undergrad. As I had expected, the staff from Experiential Education did a great job at putting the event together and inviting very receptive and experienced professionals from different fields in the Social Sciences. I myself had the chance to visit the Communications and Development, Research and Analysis, Social Services and Graduate Studies tables where I not only learned some of the specifics of the guests’ jobs and fields, but also some general but valuable lessons that I want to share with all of you.

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I learned that if an organization or company calls you for an interview, they already think you have the experience and qualifications for the job. Therefore, the interview is not just meant to assess your skills but whether your values, personality and real-life experiences are a match for the organization.
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Why You Should Take SOC SCI 2EL0 – A Post-Grad Perspective

Written by: Sabrina Douglas
Experiential Education Intern
Social Psychology ’15

Hi SocSci! It’s Sabrina Douglas here – the newest Intern in the EE Office!  I recently graduated in June 2015 with my Honours Bachelor of Arts in Social Psychology from Mac and was fortunate enough to land this internship opportunity. I am looking forward to having an active presence on this blog to share my post-grad thoughts and perspectives on the value of EE programming and activities. My first blog post is dedicated to SOC SCI 2EL0 (Introduction to Career Planning through Experiential Learning), the phenomenal and invaluable course facilitated by the wonderful Cindy Schooley.

As part of my Internship in the EE office, I was given the opportunity to shadow SOC SCI 2EL0. Having not taken the course in my undergrad, I was looking forward to seeing what the course was all about and if I would learn any career planning tips I had not heard before. A common myth about SOC SCI 2EL0 is that it is only for students looking into our internship program as the course is a prerequisite. However, this career planning course is useful for all Soc Sci undergrads – especially for upper level students getting ready to start their careers! Going into my last week of this six-week (tuition free!) course, I can tell you firsthand that I have learned a ton of new and valuable information about effective job searching, tailoring resumes to different positions, writing the perfect cover letter, constructing a learning portfolio, and so much more!

I was quickly inspired to write this blog post because, as a new grad, this is a course that I wish I had taken in my undergrad and I am going to tell you 3 reasons why you should take SOC SCI 2EL0.

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