Summary: Have an economics degree? Find out how to land a job in this article.
Question: I’m a sophomore at Western Illinois University majoring in economics. What jobs are available for economics majors, and what kinds of skills will I need? Should I get an internship this summer?
Answer: First things first: get an internship this summer. A strong placement related to your eventual career is one of the most significant steps you can take toward securing a job after graduation. Strong quantitative skills will be in demand, so try to line up an internship that will give you hands-on experience in developing surveys, conducting research, analyzing data, and using computer databases. Former economics graduates of Western Illinois University who are now gainfully employed may be willing to open their doors to aspiring economists.
Although competition is keen at the bachelor’s level, you’ll be qualified for management-trainee and research assistant positions. If you’re destined to become an economist, you may choose to continue your schooling in the future, as a candidate holding a master’s degree has greater employment prospects. A strong specialty that suits your interests, such as labor economics or international economics, will further enhance your marketability.
As you seek internship and employment opportunities, use your understanding of economic trends and relationships to promote yourself to such diverse enterprises as businesses, banks, insurance companies, labor unions, government agencies and market-research firms.
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