For any prospective students considering the MFRE program, consider this, how will a graduate program further the learning of economic theories while facilitate the application of these theories in the real world? This is exactly what the MFRE can do.
What are some of your main responsibilities at your job?
As an economist at the Strategic Policy Branch at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), my main responsibilities include researching policy issues, analyzing economic trends, preparing analytical reports, providing strategic policy advice, writing briefing notes and memoranda, and giving presentations that include policy analysis, options, and recommendations to senior officials including the Deputy Minister.
How did the MFRE program help you land your job?
The MFRE program qualified me for my current job at AAFC by offering me both the extended education in applied economics and the practical experience of applying the theories in the real world. The program expanded my horizon of thinking in a friendly and collaborative environment.
Which skills learned at MFRE have helped you the most?
Through quantitative and qualitative economic research, intensive literature reviews, individual and group projects, seminars, and presentations, I developed the ability to conduct in-depth enquiries within the discipline, and applied a breadth of knowledge to a complex specialist area. The graduating project, which I think is one of the highlights of the program, is a unique opportunity to engage in practical research and gain valuable experience. Thanks to the knowledge and skills gained at MFRE, I was chosen for AAFC’s Co-operative Education and Internship Program. As a Junior Economist at the Research and Analysis Directorate, I got the opportunity to see what the government decision-making process is like, how policies are formulated, and actually be a part of the process.
What would you say to a prospective student about the MFRE program?
For any prospective students considering the MFRE program, consider this, how will a graduate program further the learning of economic theories while facilitate the application of these theories in the real world? This is exactly what the MFRE program can embody and offer to its students. The mere possibility of having this experience should be the reason for you to get excited not to mention a valuable network of friends, allies and mentors who can support you through your life and careers.