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Alumni Farnaz Farrokhi speaks about her experience at RRU

September 27, 2013
By: 
Farnaz Farrokhi

We asked Farnaz, one of our alumni, what her experience was like at Royal Roads University and how it has affected her life. Here is what she had to say:

Had Royal Roads University's Masters of Arts in Professional Communication not been designed to accommodate the "Working Professional," I would not have had the theories and tools I needed to serve Canadians, The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, Cabinet Ministers and my colleagues in the Parliament of Canada.

A few days prior to doing my first Residency, I had accepted a position in the Parliament of Canada as a Communications and Legislative Assistant; midway through my MA program, I was promoted to work in the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada.

The Hill and the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) are very high pressure and fast paced environments. You are constantly dealing with highly sensitive matters and information; so, you must be quick on your feet and know how to communicate effectively with the Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers, colleagues and, of course, Canadians.

To give you a better perspective, my lifestyle was very similar to the characters you would see on the TV drama show, The West Wing. This meant that I did not have very much time to spare.

As a result, I was looking for two things in a grad school:

  1. Must offer an on-line program so I could study anywhere and any time
  2. Must have a good reputation. For me, Royal Roads University was the perfect choice. Plus, who could say no to a beautiful campus full of peacocks!

I am grateful to the amazing people in my grad class (Class of 2010) who inspired me and accommodated my hectic schedule as we worked on various projects. Many of us are still connected and enjoy "stalking" each other on Facebook and LinkedIn.  

In December of 2012, I moved back to Vancouver. Thanks to the Master's I received from Royal Roads University and my work experience, I now work for the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA)-a company I absolutely love working for.

As a Communication Specialist, in the Communication and Community department, I am responsible for developing and executing strategic communications plans for our various business goals and priorities, Member advocacy initiatives and employee-focused communications. I am also BCAA's intranet specialist, which means I'm responsible for content management, training our intranet publishers and more.

Needless to say, the knowledge and skills I've gained through this program has truly been life changing. Thank you Royal Roads University for creating this program!

All my very best,
Farnaz Farrokhi