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As a social science, the study of economics is people-focused

date:Mar 22,2013 source:互联网 editorial staff:linan clicks:

If you’re an avid follower of national and international events, and you at least occasionally read the finance and business sections of the news, a degree in economics could be for you.
As a social science, the study of economics is people-focused. It’s about money, yes, but it’s also about understanding the full spectrum of issues that impact on financial situations – including politics, sociology, law, psychology, geography and history.
In fact it’s so diverse, that at some universities it’s classed as a bachelor of arts (BA) and at others as a bachelor of science (BSc).
However, while economics is not just about number-crunching and spreadsheets, you will need to demonstrate strong aptitude in both maths and ICT.
The next most important attributes are an ability to analyse problems clearly, and an enthusiasm for understanding current affairs and the world around you.
Economics at university is often offered as part of a joint degree, paired with subjects including politics, management, history, mathematics, computer science, engineering and modern languages.

Most economics degrees will start by strengthening students’ skills in maths and statistics handling, as well as giving a general introduction to macroeconomics (financial issues at national and international level) and microeconomics (financial issues at individual or company level).
You’ll learn to apply different mathematical models to economic problems, and use ICT software for analysis.
Further down the line, special options might include:
Development economics: This is the study of economics in developing nations, looking at ways of promoting economic growth, and strategies for raising employment and improving wealth distribution. Research in this field may look at issues such as market restructuring, international intervention, local customs and politics, and different approaches to measuring development.
Organizational behavior: An increasingly prominent field of research, organizational behaviour is the study of the way people behave as part of an organization. This field draws on psychology, sociology and anthropology. You might examine different motivational strategies, organizational structures, or approaches to workforce diversity.
Labor economics: This involves analysing both micro- and macro- level factors to understand labour markets – basically to do with employment rates, salaries and worker efficiency. Variables in this field could relate to demand for goods and services, international trade, employment participation rates, education, legal frameworks and hiring practices.

This broad and well-respected set of skills provided by an economics degree means a wide range of careers are open to economics graduates.
Many go on to work in the finance sector, in fields such as banking, accountancy, insurance, trading, tax and auditing.
Other common career paths, include roles in sales, marketing, management and human resources – all based on a strong understanding of business processes and markets.
There are also many advisory and consultancy roles open to economics graduates, which could mean providing advice for banks, government agencies, or indeed any large business. Others pursue careers in journalism, statistics, IT, or even entrepreneurship.

his broad and interdisciplinary subject provides graduates with a wide range of transferable skills, highly valued by many types of employer. These include:
• Analyzing complex data sets
• Constructing and presenting arguments
• Approaching issues from multiple perspectives
• Strong numeracy
• General IT skills
• General research skills
• Critical evaluation
• Problem-solving
• Professional communication, written and spoken
• Self-management, including planning and meeting deadlines
• Good awareness of current affairs

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