A Research Analyst is a professional who prepares investigative reports on securities and assets. Carol Liu is an aspiring Research Analyst, mother of two, and Cañada College student. Carol’s accuracy, strong analytical mind, and excellent work ethic was recognized by her employer, Karen Engel, who recommended Carol apply for the California Association of Institutional Research (CAIR) Samuel Agronow scholarship. The Sam Agronow Scholarship supports students who are pursuing a degree or certificate in the field of institutional research. Carol decided to apply after writing a compelling personal statement and acquiring two letters of recommendation from her professors. Two weeks later, Carol was notified she had won the $2,000 scholarship which will allow her to fund her future certification extension program through UC San Diego.
Creating and designing analysis fact sheets is Carol’s passion as she believes the data tells a story and analyzing the data provides the opportunity to improve. As a first generation immigrant, Carol’s family and career ambitions inspire her to continue excelling academically. Carol also looks to her Cañada College family, as they always support her and make her feel empowered through education. Carol’s dream job is to be a Research Analyst in the community college system to ensure schools continue to run as efficiently as possible and allow all students the opportunity to succeed.
Carol’s advice to anyone looking to work in the research field is to stay curious and ask many questions. She also suggests to be as helpful as possible -- even if you are not asked to do something, go the extra mile and do it anyways because the hard work will pay off.