Sobey School of Busi­ness

Saint Mary’s Univer­sity

The Coast - Career Minded - - SPONSOR CONTENT -

JK McA­dams

I’m an Econ­o­mist and Project De­vel­op­ment Spe­cial­ist at Hal­i­fax Part­ner­ship.

Com­ing out of high school, I knew I wanted to do eco­nom­ics through a Bach­e­lor of Com­merce with Honours. The rep­u­ta­tion of SMU’s Sobey School of Busi­ness was what made me de­cide on the school. I wanted to go to a top school while stay­ing in At­lantic Canada. The chance to do a work term as part of my un­der­grad made it the per­fect choice for me.

SMU was a very wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment. After be­ing ac­cepted to the Honours pro­gram, a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties opened up. I ran the eco­nom­ics so­ci­ety and had op­por­tu­ni­ties to TA and tu­tor. Any­time I needed one-on-one coach­ing or to speak with a pro­fes­sor, they were very open and avail­able pretty much around the clock. I com­pleted my un­der­grad and went on to do a Mas­ter’s de­gree in ap­plied eco­nom­ics.

What I learned at SMU was the abil­ity to think out­side the box. In­stead of see­ing only one so­lu­tion, econ­o­mists have to bal­ance the pos­si­bil­ity of many an­swers to the same prob­lem. We deal with a lot of mov­ing pieces and it’s rare that one per­son has the only right an­swer. I wanted to be chal­lenged whether I was right or wrong.

Some peo­ple might think that econ­o­mists only sit be­hind a desk, but there are so many ar­eas to spe­cial­ize in and so many op­por­tu­ni­ties. Since grad­u­at­ing from SMU I’ve worked in bank­ing, as well as do­ing re­search for sports teams and dif­fer­ent em­ploy­ment ar­eas. Now I work at the Hal­i­fax Part­ner­ship, an eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion, work­ing on their yearly eco­nomic anal­y­sis as well as in­vest­ment at­trac­tion and new busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties. It’s fan­tas­tic, I’m never bored with what I do.

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