Rebecca Rönningen.
Rebecca Rönningen is now working as as an analyst at the Social services department in the City of Stockholm.

What are you doing now?

I am currently employed as an analyst at the Social services department in the City of Stockholm. I am part of a statistics group within the CEO’s unit specialized in analysis and method. My main focus is statistical analyses and written reports on survey data from Stockholmsenkäten as well as consulting our division’s co-workers on statistical matters in Socialtjänstrapporten. In short, this job entails a combination of the sociological perspective and practical use of quantitative data within a political organization.

How did our Master's Programme in Applied Social Research help you realize your professional goals?

I consider Sociology a left out angle in the popular belief of human behavior. I understand the limits of this perspective but will argue that it has an important role in understanding and preventing social problems among youths on a societal level, which is a prominent area of interest in my work. Being able to successfully combine sociological theory and statistical analysis as a profession offers great leverage in understanding our society and further making life better for its population.

How did you like living and working in Stockholm?

Working in Stockholm offers great variety among employers and types of employment which I believe is more likely scarcer in smaller cities. I would be lying however, if I said that the living situation is ideal as the housing market is rather tough and commuting is expensive and tedious. If this doesn’t scare you off though, you are in for a treat.

How come you chose the Department of Sociology and Stockholm University for your master studies?

I wanted to continue the road I had already started. The bachelor’s program in Applied social science (taught in Swedish) turned out to be a great step into work life for me as an analyst/researcher, and I wanted to develop my knowledge even further in quantitative analysis and sociological theory. In addition, the fact that Sociology and the Department of Sociology at Stockholm University is ranked high by several indicators on the QS World University rankings does not disappoint.