Economics and an Ethical Career
Looking for a career and wondering what jobs there are combining, economics and an ethical future. Looking at Winthrop or a highly-rated online school for Economics and wondering what else to take? Finance seems practical and common. Definitely want a well paying job. But would be interested in possibly research for what changes can be made to increase wealth and health to as many people as possible while remaining fair, ethically, and environmentally friendly. I support business models like Target (the retail store) and would interesting in working on their team. Suggestions on jobs/careers and college directions? I don't have the funds yet, but have been researching getting into ethical and green and sustainable investing funds, maybe helping people with personal finances (lessons or advisor), or changing the GDP we use to measure our nation's wealth to be more precise and probably include other factors. Just looking what directions and futures are available to me
This is a great question. Fortunately, an Economics degree can open up doors to many different industries, although, like you mentioned, most people end up going into finance. For what you are describing, it seems like you could enjoy economics consulting. Economic consultants study and analyze different industries, ranging from financial services to healthcare, public and social sector, education, and a multitude of other different areas with the purpose of providing advice on how to improve certain aspects of their business model, as well as assisting in decision-making processes. If you are interested in studying sustainability initiatives and socio-economic factors, this could potentially be a path for you. Best of luck!
This type of career choice gives the opportunity to experience a breadth of different businesses in various industries, thus meaning you would be able to help shape how different companies impact a wide variety of people.
Companies that commit to such work include IBM (where I work), Accenture, Deloitte, EY.
Let me know your thoughts on this as I can see it diverts away from your interest in sustainable investing funds.
A solid economics education is a great foundation for many careers. Since working for an ethical company is high on your list, i would recommend looking at some of the firms that evaluate companies based on ethics. i do agree with you that this is a very important factor when considering a place to work. You will spend a huge part of your life working, and that time will be so much more enjoyable and rewarding if you are putting all that effort into a firm that aligns with your ethics.