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What field can I work in after studying Economics and Finance?

I am a penultimate year student and am finding graduation job. It seems that everyone is only aiming for the banking industry or maybe some investment firms. Is there any other obtions?

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John’s Answer

Many companies (across ALL industries) are looking for corporate finance and data analytics employees. I would reach out to school alumni in different finance fields and ask them about their experience. That will help you find areas you are interested in. Economically and Finance can fit into several career paths in the business world, not just investment banking or the banking industry.
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Dana’s Answer

This might be a good reference for you.

https://www.newyorkfed.org/medialibrary/media/education/MxE_01_%20Fields%20of%20Study%207.22.13.pdf


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Michelle’s Answer

Public sector , research companies , basically any sort of institution that may have statistical and research functions.


Insurance companies?

But also depends on your interest, your economics and finance background is applicable to quite a large range of functions, but it also depends on your preferences; type of work environments preferred.

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Simeon’s Answer

You could try working as a financial analyst for any number of companies. You take financial data, clean it up, and try to use data to solve financial problems or make predictions about what the company needs to do in the future.
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Diane’s Answer

Many large corporations have finance departments and finance and economics degrees would be a good match. I work for a large telecommunications company and we have several finance and accounting departments. The nice thing about working for a non-finance company is you also get to learn about another industry.
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Rachel’s Answer

Hi Tsz,
You certainly don't have to be limited to banking/investment if that's not where you're interested in working after graduating. I studied Economics for undergrad and ended up doing Operations (Marketing) for a technology firm and have loved it! After a few years, I went back to do my MBA for more general business knowledge (finance, accounting, marketing, etc).
I think that having an Economics/Finance degree is more valuable than a Business degree because it's considered more analytical and can open up a lot of opportunities for more "analyst" or "planning" type of roles, if that's something that you think could be interesting for you.
Regards,
Rachel
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McCoy’s Answer

Consider local and state agencies. Many cities and states are seeking economic developers to assist in increasing residency and bringing new business to their areas. These positions have attractive salaries and provide opportunities to move to a new area.

McCoy recommends the following next steps:

Search Maryland State, Baltimore, Annapolis and Howard county government employment websites to see listing .
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Steve’s Answer

It may be difficult to find an Appraiser sponsor to get into the business but, Real Estate Valuation (appraisal) is applied economics. It also involves some business law, writing & research skills, construction materials and techniques.
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