What do you like about Economics?
Economics is the lens through which I view the world. Studying economics has influenced how I analyze information and make decisions in all aspects of my life. The ability to think critically, process and evaluate information and analyze situations systematically is highly valued in many organizations.
My education in economics was very valuate in previous positions as an Economic Development Officer for the Village of Fraser Lake and as a Business Analyst with B.C. Timber Sales. Currently, I am a Senior Research Analyst with BC Stats in the Statistical Analysis and Research unit where I work with other economists on a variety of economic research projects and continue to enhance my skills and understanding of economics.
- Jackie Lytle (UNBC Economics major)
Positions held since graduating:
After graduating from UNBC, I worked full time at Initatives Prince George (IPG) untul 2013. During my time at IPG, I held a number of positions of increasing responsibility including Senior Economic & Market Research Analyst and eventually Manager, Economic Development. After leaving IPG, I worked as an independent consultant for approximately a year before joining the BC Public Service in my current role as Senior Resource Coordination Officer with the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation.
Why Economics is useful:
Economics gives you a clear understanding of how the different components of society interact and the basis for how to analyze these relationships. the theoretical concepts explored during my time in the Economics program prepared me well for real-world situations I have been presented with in my work life, providing me with a strong basis for goal-setting and problem-solving to achieve the best outcomes. Because you can apply the knowledge gained through a degree in Economics to any job, Economics does not streamline you into a specify path, it streamlines you into the real world.
Why take Economics at UNBC:
It is a small program, so you get one-on-one interaction with professors, which allows you to develop relationships with faculty that expose you to different ideas and opportunities. Because the university is situated in a small but extremely diverse city, there are opportunities to connect with potential employers in nearly any sector that might interest you.
-Tara Bogh (UNBC Economics major)
I like the practicality of the theory and the fact that you can look into the real world an see it in practice every day.
–Geoff Roy (UNBC Economics major)
How will the knowledge you’re acquiring through your Economics degree help you be successful in your chosen field?
With a double major in Finance and Economics from UNBC I would have to credit my concentration in Econ for my ability to quickly and effectively utilize my knowledge gained from my degree in the working world. In my opinion, Economics has become the guiding principles surrounding my investment and business decisions within my career today. My ability to rapidly adapt to changes in the global market place, while providing effective and efficient advise within my career are all traits gained from my experiences with the UNBC Economics department.
I would personally recommend the UNBC Economics department due to their small class sizes and dedicated faculty. My experiences in 300 and 400 level Econ was comparable to graduate level studies at other universities, as small class sizes allowed for great group discussions, while also given the ability to perform class projects and research for local organizations within Prince George, For those interested in pursuing higher levels of education, UNBC Econ offered multiple split undergraduate and graduate classes that allow students to share ideas and experiences, further adding to the level of education received.
While completing my studies at UNBC, I held part-time and full time roles with BMO Financial Group. Following my graduation in May of 2013 I was promoted to my current role as Investment Advisor with BMO Nesbitt Burns where our team manages, and provides financial and investment planning solutions for high net worth and mass affluent residents of Prince George and Northern BC.
-Ryan Lidder (UNBC Economics Major)
Being able to contextualize multiple models simultaneously and choose the best one to fit the circumstance reliably.
–Kurt Nicholson (UNBC Economics major)
The ability to write an economics paper, analyze and research economies and markets and understanding the implications of businesses strategies on economies.
–Morgan Melnyk (UNBC Economics minor)