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Webinar #8: Navigating the Non-academic Job Market as an Applied Sociologist

June 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Times listed in Eastern Time Zone

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Graduate training helps students develop skills and competencies that can be applied in non-academic work settings, however, students often have little awareness around how to leverage their training in the job market. This panel features sociologists working in a range of careers outside of academia. Panelists will discuss how they identified career paths that allowed them to apply their skills and interests, explain how to write a resume selling academic skills to the market, and offer other suggestions and possible resources to help with the job search. Following their presentations, panellists will take questions from the audience.

This panel is co-sponsored by the Applied Sociology Research Cluster and Student Concerns Subcommittee.


Dr. Kristyn Frank, Senior Researcher – Social Analysis and Modelling Division, Statistics Canada

Kristyn Frank is a senior researcher at Statistics Canada, where she conducts policy-relevant research in the areas of education, skills, employment, and immigrant integration. She is the co-founder and vice-chair of the CSA’s Applied Sociology Research Cluster and a member of the CSA Research Advisory Subcommittee. After receiving her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Waterloo, Kristyn was a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at the University of Guelph and a research analyst at the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. Her work can be found in government publications such as Economic Insights, as well as various academic journals including Canadian Review of Sociology, International Migration Review, International Journal of Public Health, Journal of Marriage and Family and Work, Employment and Society.



Andrea Dean, Organizational Development Consultant and PhD Student, Department of Sociology, University of Western Ontario

Andrea is an organizational development (OD) consultant, and a third-year doctoral student at Western. Her research investigates the reproduction of racial inequality at work, while her work in Bermuda and Canada focuses on organizational behaviour and change management in private and public organizations. For 25+ years Andrea has toggled between academic and corporate worlds, developing her analytical muscles at school, and using them in the field to solve practical problems for clients. As an applied sociologist, working with people and organizations fuels Andrea’s sociological imagination on a daily basis. In turn, she credits her academic training for skills and insights that remain highly valued in non-academic settings.


Dr. Shane Dixon, Senior Research Associate – Centre for Research on Security Practices, Wilfrid Laurier University

Dr. Dixon is a Senior Research Associate with the Centre for Research on Security Practices (CRSP) at Wilfrid Laurier University (Laurier). Responsible for supporting the Centre’s development, Shane’s work consists of collaborating with CRSP members to write research grant applications, working with Laurier’s Development personnel to obtain donor funding, establishing and nurturing relationships with research partners, and coordinating research assistant activities. Prior to joining CRSP, he worked at Laurier’s Office of Research Services. After receiving his PhD in Sociology from the University of Waterloo, Shane was a postdoctoral research associate at Ryerson University in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. Shane’s research fits within the general area of occupational health and safety. He has published in journals such as Work, New Solutions, Sustainability, Relations industrielles/Industrial Relations, Teaching Sociology, and Ergonomics.


Dr. Loanna Heidinger, Research Analyst – Statistics Canada

Loanna is a Research Analyst at Statistics Canada. She uses her skills in research design, methodology, and analysis to meet the policy and information needs of various departments and stakeholders. She obtained her PhD in Sociology, with a focus on health inequality and quantitative methods, from the University of Western Ontario. Before transitioning into her current role, she completed a Postdoc at Statistics Canada.



Animwaa Obeng-Akrofi, Community Outreach Advisor – Calgary Catholic Immigration Society and PhD Student, Department of Sociology, University of Calgary

Animwaa is a highly rated and engaging facilitator. She is the senior strategist and facilitator at Animwaa Consultancy. She has facilitated several diversity workshops with government agencies, service providers and non-profit institutions. She is currently with Calgary Catholic Immigration Society as theCommunity Outreach Advisor for the Cultural Brokerage Program. She recently defended her PhD at the University of Calgary where she studied sociology with a focus on racism, ethnicity, migration and transnationalism. She is also a sessional instructor at the University of Calgary where she teaches about race and ethnicity. Additionally, she has international experience from Ghana where she was a teaching and research assistant at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. She came to Canada as an international student from Ghana, West-Africa, to pursue her graduate education.


Sonia Nguyen, Manager – Payment Analytics, RBC

Sonia is a business analyst at RBC with extensive knowledge in the field of banking and big data. Prior to this, she worked at Statistics Canada as a research assistant studying international students’ geographic mobility in Canada. She has her Masters in Sociology from Western University and a Master in Business Analytics from the Schulich School of Business.




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June 10
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm