I love talking with other evaluators about their career paths – why they first entered the program evaluation field, their most rewarding projects, their most challenging projects, and what keeps them here. Sometimes we play the “If I wasn’t an evaluator, I’d be a ________” game.
If I personally wasn’t an evaluator, I’d probably be:
- A data analyst. I’d play on Excel and SPSS and SAS all day long.
- A strategic planner.
- A grantwriter.
- An author, probably of non-fiction books.
- A teacher.
- A conference planner. I do this part-time for the Eastern Evaluation Research Society right now and it’s wonderful.
Evaluation is a great field because I already get to use skills from all these professions in my everyday work.
If you weren’t an evaluator, what would you do instead?