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Communications and Marketing

Back in class

When Assistant Professor of Sociology Todd Beer asked Mallory Carroll ’15 to come back to campus to speak to his Quantitative Methods class, she jumped at the chance.

“The skills I learned in that class have helped me tremendously in my job as a research analyst at Ipsos,” she said. Ipsos is a global market research company where Carroll assists corporate clients to develop new products and manage their global brands.

The sociology and anthropology major and psychology minor develops surveys, analyzes data, creates presentations, and interacts with clients—all skills she gained at Lake Forest College through her classes and working as a research assistant for Associate Professor of Anthropology and Chair of Sociology and Anthropology Holly Swyers.

“My classes provided me with concrete skills—conducting research and simultaneousy managing multiple projects—and my liberal arts education helped me to formulate and articulate my opinions and to be understanding and accepting of all cultures,” she said. “While working on multiple research teams at Ipsos, I have come to realize my people skills are just as critical to success as my research skills.”

Carroll said her professors also pushed her out of her comfort zone so that she learned how best to present her research and give captivating presentations. “I am forever grateful they did,” she said.

Taylor Henderson ’16, a student in Beer’s class, appreciates Carroll’s talk and the important career advice she shared. “Mallory’s visit was helpful in explaining how sociology and anthropology majors, like me, can use their skills in the job market,” Henderson said.

Preparing for life after college “can be intimidating,” Henderson said. “Hearing from someone who was in the same position as you not too long ago is very helpful. I am lucky to have faculty who want to connect us to alums.”

Carroll began working for Ipsos in Chicago the summer after she graduated from Lake Forest College.