Strategic project advisor

A double major in Sociology and History equipped Christie McFadyen with the research and analysis skills to work as a strategic project advisor.

Christie McFadyen

Key facts

Career: Strategic project advisor
Programme: Bachelor of Arts
Subjects: Sociology, History

"I work for Auckland Council as a strategic project advisor in Local Board Services. My job is to provide project leadership, management and strategic advice on projects that involve all 21 local boards.

"One of the most enjoyable things about my job is being able to work on governance projects that help shape our local communities and city. I also enjoy working on projects as they have a tangible outcome and you get to see months of work come to life.

"Key skills that I gained from studying Arts, and use in my job, are research and analysis. Part of my role is to be able to find information, analyse it and make an appropriate recommendation for the situation.

"Writing and reviewing are also key skills I use in my job. I'm frequently writing a variety of documentation, or reviewing other people's work, so being able to write articulately and with clarity enables me to provide good advice, direction and guidance through my own work, but also when giving feedback to others.

"The knowledge I gained from majoring in History and Sociology also enabled me to understand and appreciate how societies change over time, and how individuals relate to society. As an advisor working with 21 local boards, this helps me in my job to understand the make-up and needs of each different local board area and provide suitable recommendations. 

"I chose to study Arts because of the choices it offered in terms of subjects, postgraduate studies and career pathways. By studying Arts I was able to take a variety of subjects which enabled me to find my interest and passion in History and Sociology, and become better-rounded in the skills and knowledge I could bring to the workplace."