Although most of my career has been with the law, it has always been the basics of policy studies that keep me grounded and going in the right direction. Not only did I gain the hard skills that can be used in the workplace, I was also able to walk away with “real world” experiences that employers wanted.
During my interview, his staff was most impressed with my course work and experience in the Maxwell School. I spoke about the Onondaga Community Indicators Report that I worked on and my brief collaboration with the Syracuse Peace Council. The Senate staff was very pleased with the amount of hands-on, "real world" skills I already had.
In my position I use the skills (and try to pass them along) that I learned throughout my 4 years as a Policy Studies major. I have even looked back to modules, writing skills and citations requirements for my own writing and reference!
The entire Policy Studies major is structured around skills for real life. I learned how to look at problems and solutions from a statistical viewpoint. This gave me my start in politics, and now I'm living and working in Washington, making a difference (very small difference, since I'm just an intern) everyday. I've been encouraged to "do good"— to really do good and not just pretend that I am. The classes in the Policy Studies major give me constructive methods to accomplish that.
Policy studies gave me additional hard skills that made me competitive in the marketplace, and have contributed tremendously to my ability to do my job. In general, I was given the skills I needed to apply the theories I was learning in my courses.
As a professional in public policy, there's nothing from my college coursework that connects as well to the things I do professionally more than the core concepts of Syracuse University's Policy Studies program. The skills that I started building in those classes are the ones that I need all the time when analyzing and influencing public policy issues. Academically, there's nothing more central to what we do in the policymaking arena.