"The minor gave me a strong background and appreciation for the complex interplay policy, economics and environment have on our use of energy."
I attended Western for a fifth year on the hunch the new Energy Policy minor would give me a fundamental understanding of energy policy and a competitive edge when I started searching for my first job. Both bets paid off! The minor gave me a strong background and appreciation for the complex interplay policy, economics and environment have on our use of energy. It also gave me a strong foundation to be conversant in energy issues and add value in my first two jobs after college: an internship with Trane and a project assistant position with APCO Worldwide.
The minor's emphasis on understanding the practical aspects of energy generation systems helped me comprehend and research similar systems Trane, an energy services company with offices in Redmond, WA, sold to its customers. When I started working at APCO Worldwide, a global public relations firm, I was able to quickly analyze energy policies and track developments in different global energy markets. Again, the minor provided me with the fundamentals so that I could hit the ground running when I started at APCO. I do not know where my career will eventually lead but I know the knowledge I gained in obtaining the Energy Policy minor will be an instrumental part of my future endeavors.