Economics Club and Career Success
The new school year has launched with a roar of excitement as a new generation of leaders and students are taking the UO Economics Club. Now beginning its fourth year, the UOEC is attracting standing room only crowds at many of its meetings, which include stimulating, interactive presentations by some of the Department’s best faculty, as well as visits from companies who have an eye on Oregon talent (recruiting for everything from analysts to research assistants to consultants). The UOEC also take quarterly trips to visit with organizations such as The Federal Reserve, Intel, Nike, ECONorthwest, Ninkasi Brewing, and many others, to get a first-hand look at how the contemporary workplace functions. The UOEC are also contributing members to our Peer Advising and Research Assistant programs.
It is indeed a good time to be an economics major! With a full range of support services from the office of Career & Advising Services, Director Bill Sherman serves between 50-100 students in a busy week through in person meetings, regular workshops, and two upper division classes (EC 407: Careers in Economics and EC 404: Internship), covering topics like tailoring a resume, writing a cover letter, job & internship search strategies, and practice interviews to take a student candidate over the top! In addition, Bill sends timely job and internship leads directly to students, corralling the latest and best opportunities in the Economics Job & Internship Digest. This one-person shop thrives on collaboration with faculty and student support staff from across campus (including the UO Career Center) to robustly prepare Economics majors to be among the most impressive and competitive in the job market today. Last school year alone, the Economics Career & Advising Services office provided academic advising and career planning services for upwards of 700 students through in-person and virtual advising, group orientations, and workshops.
“We encourage the involvement of alumni in our career program,” says Bill Sherman, Direct of Career and Advising Services. “Whether that be a visit to the classroom to share give advice for making the leap from college to career or coming to a career fair to recruit Ducks into their companies. We thrive on the insights and opportunities that Ducks give back to other Ducks.” Events like the annual Careers in Banking & Wealth Management, which takes place every February (now in its 10th year) effectively bring the generations together to impart knowledge, wisdom, and opportunity so that the UO Economics Major continues to be a primes investment for students and their parents.