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soho Said,
February 27th, 2011 @7:21 pm  

An econ degree (or the equivalent coursework) is essential to go the pure economics route and work as an economics analyst at a thinktank, for the government, etc. It’s helpful but not necessary to go the more “business” route and work as a finance-related professional, e.g., accountant, banker, consultant. For a business job, taking business courses (e.g., corporate finance, accounting) as part of your degree not only looks good, but is very practical, too.

If you’re not interested in a job that’s pure economics (e.g., an analyst), you could get a degree in something else (perhaps something that interests you more?) and do the relevant coursework in business/economics for whatever profession you choose. In fact, for certain positions/companies, such as finance, you could be more attractive as a job applicant if you have a degree in something completely different (computer science always looks good, foreign language if you work for an international company) with a business/econ concentration.

But lastly, having good grades is equally if not more important for opening up your job opportunities right after university, so study hard! And good luck!

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Giggly Giraffe Said,
February 27th, 2011 @7:31 pm  

Economics is a good career; providing you have the passion and a vision.

The government has macro economic positions while corporations have micro economic positions. However, the corporations usually prefer a duel major with other attributes like: Law, Accounting, and/or Management.

Seek your school counceilor and have them search for economic careers. Study the job descriptions & qualifications and see if any of these brings out your passion. You can visit government postions at: http://www.usajob.opm.gov to give you guid on the macro economics.

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