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.

#SocSciSummer contest is here!

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McMaster Soc Sci students are amazing! You have a unique way of viewing the world that includes a deep appreciation of the diversity of people, cultures and experiences and the value of community engagement.

Every September we hear stories of the interesting, fun and just plain awesome things you did over the summer. This year we want to share those stories as they happen, because the Office of Experiential Education loves to hear about great experiences!

How to Enter

To be entered into the contest just tell us what you are doing with your #SocSciSummer.

  • engaging in a rewarding volunteer experience?
  • working in a unique summer job?
  • exploring food and culture around the world?
  • studying abroad?
  • conducting research?
  • attending cultural events?
  • getting ready to come to university?

Whether you are currently part of the Soc Sci family, about to join us in September or have just graduated, we want to hear what you’re up to!

Tell us what you are doing or where you are this summer in a social media post that includes a pic and #SocSciSummer.

t: @McMasterEE

f: McMaster Experiential Education

i: @McMasterSocSci

Prizes

We’ll be giving out prizes each week via random draws. Contest ends August 26 at 12 p.m. with a grand prize draw for a $100 Campus Store gift card!

Looking to be Insta-Famous?

We’re looking for students to do a @McMasterSocSci Instagram takeover for a few days, showing us your #SocSciSummer. Contact us if you’re interested!