ASU alum lands job as data analyst after 1-week search


September 9, 2022

Arizona State University political science alum Emiliano Galvan is content that his original post-grad plan looks different than he thought it once would. 

As a first-year student coming into the School of Politics and Global Studies, Galvan was set on attending law school after graduating. However, after spending years studying political science, earning both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts, Galvan was encouraged to apply for PhD programs to further his education and passion.  Portrait of ASU alum Emiliano Galvan. Emiliano Galvan Download Full Image

After considering the financial weight of higher education, Galvan decided to reconsider graduate school down the line. 

“Emi was a part of our Early Start Program as an incoming first-year political science student, and he was successful during his time in college and now, post-graduation, because he was open-minded about different opportunities and paths when it came to his professional career,” said Gina Woodall, principal lecturer at ASU.

“He also realized building and maintaining relationships with faculty, peers and alum are crucial.” 

Thanks to the foundation Galvan received from ASU, it only took one week for him to land a job. 

At OH Predictive InsightsGalvan works as a political data analyst, writing scripts for Arizona and Nevada Political Climate Updates, modeling methodology and analyzing data for clients. 

“What makes OH Predictive Insights special is the fact that we take our time to tell our clients what the numbers mean and provide insights that help them improve and answer their questions,” Galvan said. 

Galvan enjoys working with a hands-on company that allows him to further his passion and skill set. 

There were many opportunities Galvan took advantage of during his time at ASU allowing him to build confidence and connections including the Arizona Legislative and Government Internship and working with Kim Fridkin, a Foundation Professor with the School of Politics and Global Studies, in the Experimental Lab

“Overall, I am just very grateful for all my mentors and teachers that watched out for me and helped me succeed. If it was not for the faculty at (the School of Politics and Global Studies), I would not be where I am today,” Galvan said. 

Galvan encourages current ASU students to truly connect with faculty, do as much as you can in four years and always remember to take care of yourself. 

“Ultimately, life happens and things change, but the best advice while you’re in college is to just become the best learner you can. It will allow you to adapt and build a resume while doing so,” Galvan said. 

Galvan says he uses his degree every single day, not just at work, but in life. 

“My degree has taught me how to think critically and enabled me to continue being a lifelong learner,” Galvan said. 

While his time at ASU has ended, Galvan is a proud alum of a community that will continue to last far beyond his college years. 

“There are fellow Sun Devils all over the world, and you never know when that could connect you with someone and the opportunities that could lead to,” Galvan said.

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