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Submitted by sandra.grills2 on Mon, 03/21/2016 - 11:31am

Undergraduate Contact Information

Undergraduate Studies Director: 
Dr. Ariel Ducey

Undergraduate Program Advisor: 
sociundergrad@ucalgary.ca

Law and Society Program Coordinator: 
Dr. Ted McCoy 
ejmccoy@ucalgary.ca

Sociology Students’ Association: 
ucsocistudent@gmail.com

Alumni

Register as a member of the Net Community: http://www.ucalgary.ca/alumni/netcommunity. The Net Community is a communication program organized by the University of Calgary Alumni Association.  They keep the data base for all alumni of the University but it provides the Department with the information it needs should we want to contact you with special announcements or to send you an alumni newsletter. 

For more information, call 403-220-8500 or email alumni@ucalgary.ca

Advice from Sociology Alumni

Here are some thoughts shared with us by Alumni about how they encountered the job world after graduation.  Many thanks to all those who contributed to this list.

  • Learning how to take notes in class has been very useful to me in taking notes at meetings at work.  Group work in classes has also been a good preparation for group projects at work.
  • There are many jobs that do not directly involve your sociology training- at least at the beginning.  Undergraduate degrees give you a broad background and knowledge base and teach you how to think but that does not mean it is a pipeline to jobs.  The Co-op program is a good way to build your resume.
  • Learning how to market yourself can be difficult.  Alumni should identify fields of interest and organizations in which they would like to work and then try to become knowledgeable about those fields.  Networking is the key and volunteering or job shadowing is also important.
  • Take whatever job you can get at first within reason.  Temporary jobs often turn into contract work or ultimately permanent work.  Don’t expect to have it all right away.
  • Sociology is increasingly relevant to public health issues and there are jobs there but you have to market yourself and know what you have to contribute or convince them that you are a quick learner.
  • Going on to graduate school in some applied field or entering a program with a strong applied side after graduating can be useful.  The combination of a degree and some specialized training- even if it is only a certificate- can open doors.  The applied skills are important to landing the job but the degree opens the possibilities for upward mobility.