My daughter and I were watching Disney’s Silly Symphonies on Netflix this week and it was great to reminisce about when I was her age watching these same cartoons. I was also reminded just how political these cartoons got sometimes. Chicken Little is probably one of the more powerful wartime propaganda cartoons that I’ve seen. To the unsuspecting viewer, it’s just a cartoon about a timeless story with several explanations. However, Disney’s Chicken Little is much darker and has a message that is timeless even 75 years later.
What’s the first image that pops into your head when you hear the word, “Economist?” If it’s someone that’s at a computer, crunching numbers and blowing the minds of many, you’re technically not wrong. Much of what we do is try to explain a phenomenon surrounding some type of behavior, be it human, economic, or even political. What would you think if I told you that there’s something many economists are almost never taught much about unless their program forces them to take it or if they’re just interested in the class?
Whether you majored in economics or not, you can always continue your education in economics. Even if you haven’t studied economics at all, this article will be helpful for you. First, you need a good book that clearly explains the material. Then you need a study plan and stick to it. After that, it’s all about how much you study and for how long.
You may have seen it as data embedded in a website. Perhaps you’ve seen advertisements of it, but never really knew what it was. Tableau is business analytics software that is particularly good at data visualization. What’s even better is how easy it is to use, though there is a slight learning curve. If that wasn’t good enough, how about the fact that several companies want you to learn it if you’re going into analytics of almost any kind?
Have you ever heard that you should be careful about what you post on Facebook or Twitter because a potential employer might see what you say? While this is true for current employers, it’s probably a good idea to understand that most employers don’t have the time to see what you’re sharing on Facebook, especially if they’re a bigger company. Some, however, will definitely check your LinkedIn profile. Some applications will even give you a chance to fill in your work history using LinkedIn.
If you’re a loyal reader of mine, you know that I write a lot of articles giving college advice to economics majors about things like which computer is better to buy, why they should learn SQL, and other various skills needed to be competitive before they graduate. You may have read somewhere (or on here) that you need to learn various programming languages and become familiarized with plenty of software.
Here’s a comprehensive list of everything you should consider looking at dabbling with, perhaps even becoming skilled at a basic level in to add to your resume. Even if you’re an economics degree holder from a previous generation and you want to become more competitive, this article is for you.
Why are we still sending PDFs of college transcripts to employers, let alone paper copies? This means that someone will have to physically open it, read it, and then make a decision. As the saying goes, “Time is money.” This is especially true in business, but human resources can easily take up a lot of financial resources.
On top of this, we run into the issue of employers relying strictly on GPAs, which aren’t very reflective of skills. Skills are better found in individual grades, but there’s no way to quickly analyze based on this due to how transcripts are sent and received. However, if we were follow this one suggestion, we could forever change the playing field of how employers select people for an interview.
Are you studying economics or finance? Perhaps you’ve seen job postings requiring this funny thing people are pronouncing as “sequel,” but spelled S-Q-L. A quick Google search will tell you it’s a language that is used for accessing data stored in a database, but it’s still pretty confusing. Why would anybody want to use this if it’s this complicated? Aside from employers wanting you to know how to use it, here are some great reasons to learn SQL.
Why would a department want to make their major harder to obtain? While it sounds a little backwards, making it harder to earn a degree in economics not only helps the reputation of your school, it helps the reputation of your department. Think about the psychology between reputation and academic rigor: Ivy League schools are extremely hard to get into, but their courses aren’t necessarily harder (if they’re harder at all) than anywhere else. Since most people don’t know the second part, many believe an Ivy League graduate has some sort of mythical power in their field. The ugly truth: Half of the time, it’s just brand loyalty.
The University of Oregon’s athletic department has come under scrutiny by students and Duck fans that are upset with how expensive tuition is. Amongst left-leaning people, it’s not uncommon to hear about how expensive athletic departments are. Especially when the university consistently raises its tuition annually. It may not be the most frequently blamed factor, but it is common to at least hear complaints about football coach salaries. All of this led to myself wanting to look into the athletic department’s financials. The verdict? People should stop complaining about the athletic department.