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Degree in Economics

ppadru1ppadru1 Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
edited April 2007 in Business Major

Im a sophomore (with a good GPA) at the University of Illinois at Chicago as a Financial Economics major. Next year, Im studying for my junior year at the London School of Economics.

My question is..

After I graduate with a degree in economics and a focus on finance and banking, can I still find a good job with a bank? I dont really want to be a researcher or an academic. I just want a job with a bank or financial institution. Is an econ degree too theoretical to be applied to financial jobs?
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Replies to: Degree in Economics

  • MightyNickMightyNick Registered User Posts: 2,097 Senior Member
    i was wondering the same thing. I hope someone can give me good advice! I've heard that economics is too theoretical and cannot be applied in the real world job.
  • dhl3dhl3 Registered User Posts: 2,666 Senior Member
    concentrate in either microeconomics or econometrics.
  • nuveennuveen Registered User Posts: 319 Member
    Answers to your questions in order: yes,no.
    Whether you can get most jobs (meaning, non-technical ones) will come down to your people skills, which will also reflect on your ability to acquire valuable work experience as well as network. I'm sure others here can give you better information than I.

    dhl3: I'd love it if you could direct me to some schools that offer concentrations within economics at the undergraduate level.
  • dhl3dhl3 Registered User Posts: 2,666 Senior Member
    If the school offers concentration plan then go take it but if it doesn't then you can show it by taking certain courses. It will show up in the transcript and the employer/recruiter will see it and be able to identify what area of study you've focused on for your major.

    There are lots of kind of econ studies... ranging from labor and wage economics to quantitative and financial economics. Today's job market demands people with strong quantitatve and computer skill (not limited to I-banking career), and if you are able to apply your economic background into it you are going to be a very powerful and marketable candidate in the job market.
  • nuveennuveen Registered User Posts: 319 Member
    Sorry, I think you misunderstood my question. I asked if you knew any schools that offer concentrations, as in names of these schools. I thus far haven't seen any undergrad programs that do this (besides math, but thats not really a subdivision of econ).
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