Alex Topacio (BA 2012)
Consultant, The Boston Consulting Group
For me, the highlight of the major was learning to how to bring together both data-driven quantitative analyses and qualitative observations about the social world. Understanding the power of these complementary approaches was a critical learning for me and was one of the most gratifying intellectual experiences I had at Stanford.
These skills come in handy on a daily basis in my current role as a management consultant. At the core of my job is the ability to combine both quantitative and qualitative analyses into recommendations that enable senior managers of large companies to make better business decisions. Being able to take data, understand it’s implications, and weave it into a compelling narrative is a skill that I began developing in the Sociology major and has become a critical part of my professional skill set.