Co-op Written Testimonials
Employer: RBC, Human Resources and Compensation Technology Team
Job Title: Junior Data Analyst
Job Description: My objectives for the work term revolved around assisting the HRCT data scientist with the development of a machine learning (ML) model that would be able to provide educational material to RBC employees. Given my limited background in machine learning libraries, my job was mostly on the dataset development end. During my first couple of weeks working at RBC, I explained to my supervisor my interest in the field of econometrics and my desire to finally get the chance to apply all the theory I’ve learned from school on a real-life business application. My supervisor then handed me an extremely extensive employee attrition/turnover dataset of 1.3 million observations to work on. The goal was to apply feature selection techniques on the dataset in order to further optimize accuracy of the prediction model.
Student Testimonial: Economics has by far provided me with all the tools that I needed to succeed as a data analyst. Critical thinking as well as problem solving are attributes that I believe mostEconomics students pick up as they finish their degree. These are attributes that I found to be extremely necessary in fulfilling my job duties. This would include understanding where the data comes from, how it was collected, if there were any biases introduced, as well as plenty of other methodologies. By being exposed to data from as early on as ECON 221, as well as understanding how most economic theory is practically proven by large sums of quantitative data, not only do we become accustomed to consuming large amounts of data, but get to know exactly what steps to take before diving into any analysis or inference.
Employer: BCA Research
Job Title: Research Assistant
Job Description: Process raw data series to create and edit charts for uploading and publishing; tag charts and various types of data series semantically to ensure efficient and quick retrieval for users; maintain, update, revise data series and download time series per requests, and perform maintenance tasks and other routine duties to oversee that data have been correctly updated and tagged appropriately.
Student Testimonial: At BCA Research, I developed a sense of belonging and a newfound appreciation for my diligence and my dedication to working hard and helping others. Not only have I gained work experience in an economics field, I have gained a set of technical skills which allowed me to be a key member in my team. I was able to improve my understanding of economic themes by working with diverse types of data. My experience with BCA research inspired me to think of my future and to seriously consider a career in economic research..
Employer: BCA Research
Job Title: Research Assistant
Job Description: Process raw data series to create and edit charts for uploading and publishing; maintain, update, revise data series and download time series per requests; perform maintenance tasks and other routine duties to oversee that data is correctly updated and tagged appropriately, and communicate with the data providers and clients requesting the data.
Student Testimonial: At BCA Research, I gained experience in working with data and was a key member of my team, involved in giving suggestions on how to improve processes in group discussions. My experience as a research assistant for BCA Research has been an important stepping stone into the field of economics; this opportunity has allowed me to have a sense of what I would like to try in the future.
Employer: Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) (formerly HRSDC)
Job Title: Data Research Assistant
Job Description: Set-up a database which includes Social Insurance Number (SIN), T1 tax and Old Age Security administrative data, to analyze Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) Take-up; analyze GIS take-up among different groups of seniors and identify the characteristics that increase the likelihood of non-receipt among those eligible, and use findings to contribute to the writing of a report on the Guaranteed Income Supplement.
Student Testimonial: My internship with ESDC was a successful one. I overcame challenges I encountered and in the process improved upon skills I already had and developed new ones. I learned about the Old Age Security Program and the Guaranteed Income Supplement. I was given the opportunity to experience research work and learned a new statistical programming language. Through my internship I learned how the Canadian Government works and the future work opportunities one could expect in economic research. I have grown professionally and personally from my experience with ESDC.
Winter & Summer 2017
Employer: Pratt & Whitney Canada
Job Title: Intern, Strategic Planning and Business Development department
Job Description: My tasks included conducting various analysis on the helicopter market to monitor the utilization of the engines. I performed research on helicopters to assess the new market trends and presented my outcomes to the team. I was also responsible for optimizing a reference tool used by senior management and I assisted the senior executive assistant to plan executive meetings.
Student Testimonial: My experience at Pratt and Whitney has given me greater insights into the management and decision-making processes of a system that works. Not only did it create a challenging environment for me to apply knowledge of what I have learnt in class to real world problems, as in the case of ECON 324 - Economic Data Analysis, where I was able to perform market analysis with virtual teams outside North America. I was also given the opportunity to work simultaneously on multiple projects, which have greatly improved my communication, presentation, organization and project management skills. This experience has been an eye opener as it helped me grow personally and increased my confidence.
Employer: Fidelity Investments Canada
Job Title: Student, Advisor Service Center
My position at Fidelity was in the Advisor Service Center, a division of the Customer Service department. My responsibility was to answer the queries of financial advisors who purchase Fidelity’s mutual funds. To prepare for my role, I received multiple trainings in which I learned about Fidelity’s products and services.
Student Testimonial: My work term at Fidelity was a great opportunity to learn about the financial industry and specifically about mutual funds. My employer gave me the chance to shadow other departments of the organization to increase my knowledge on mutual funds. This allowed me to gain insights on the application of economics theories in the financial industry. I realized that concepts taught in my econometrics classes (ECON 324 and 421), are important and relevant in the creation of a mutual fund.
Now, I perceive these theories differently: I know they can be a major asset in my future professional life. I am glad I realized it through my CO-OP work term and before graduation because I can walk to the job market more confidently.
Employer: Industry Canada, Government of Canada
Job Title: Sector Analyst
Job Description: Produced analytical reports on Quebec’s Aerospace and Clean Tech sectors notably by analyzing financial statements of key firms as well as strategic news monitoring.
Student Testimonial: Through this internship I was able to learn more about financial economics and the analysis of markets. I was not able to learn these applied skills in school and hence Coop allowed me to have a well-rounded education that prepares me more adequately for the job market.
Employer: Employment and Social Development Canada, Government of Canada
Job Title: Business Analyst
Job Description: Developed business strategies for performance management by optimizing the performance management process through the standardization of KPIs, which measures the performance of social programs such as Employment Insurance and Old Age Security.
Student Testimonial: In school, I had learnt about the manipulation of databases; however, it was through this internship that I was able to apply those skills. This applied work prepared me for the job market that demands those applied skills.