"I am really happy with the quality of the training that I received"
Our alumn Christopher Grönberg, now a PhD student at Cornell University, says that our Master's programme in Demography helped create his professional goals.
PhD student at Cornell University.
What did you study prior to entering the Master program in Demography?
I was at Stockholm University doing a bachelor’s degree in Human Geography.
Why demography in Stockholm?
One of the professors in the human geography department taught a great course on population and globalization
where we got to work with basic demographic techniques and I thought it was an interesting topic. I decided to continue with a masters degree as I needed specialized training as to be competitive on the labor market and the demography program felt like a good way of doing that.
What did you like most about studying demography?
There were a number of things that made the demography program a great experience. First of all the social environment was very friendly and global; in my cohort, I studied with people from all over the world and it was very rewarding to talk about global social and demographic issues with people from other contexts and parts of the world. The faculty and staff helped contribute to this by being very approachable and encouraging. Something that I really appreciate was the combination of methods and theory courses which really developed my skill set. Taking the demographic techniques sequence and then having courses in social stratification and family sociology was the perfect way of putting the statistical training into context and fleshing out any issues that I had with the techniques.
What is the best memory you have of the master program?
In my last year of the program, I was able to be a research assistant for two research projects at the department and that was an amazing experience. Not only did I get to test my training through actual research but I came to develop so many news skills from this.
How did Master program in Demography help you realize your professional goals?
It actually helped create them in the first place. Before I started the program I had no real aspirations apart from working with something that I liked. As I got more and more training then I started to think about entering a doctoral program and continuing in the academic world. The tipping point was definitely being able to be a research assistant whilst working full-time on my thesis project; it was very time-consuming and challenging but I came to understand that I wanted to continue within academia.
I would also say that I, today, am really happy with the quality of the training that I received in the demography program. I am in the first year of a sociology PhD program and my courses are extremely challenging but I feel well prepared and acquainted with topics considered to be advanced for a first year student.
How did you like living and working in Stockholm?
Being born and raised in the one of the suburbs to Stockholm means that I might have a hometown feel about the city but I would still rate it second-to-none in terms of life quality. Living and studying in Stockholm is a global experience and there are always lots of things to do for a student, even on a budget.
November 29, 2016