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Colincidence
10-09-2013, 10:16 AM
Hello guys!

I am currently doing my final year at a local Polytechnic and I have a very strong interest to be an economist.

Apart from being an economist in govt sector such as MTI, MAS, are there private companies which hire entry level economists?

Because I went to different banks' (UOB,DBS,HSBC etc) website to check on the career opportunities available but none of them have interest in recruiting economists.

In addition, is a degree in economics sufficient for me to become an economist? I am interested in furthering my studies. However, due to financial issues I will only be able to do it after a few years of working.

Greatly appreciate any constructive response! :)

patryn33
10-15-2013, 04:11 AM
most economist related jobs prefer higher degree, masters/phd.
in states mostly phd since Econ masters are only for phd drop out

Colincidence
10-16-2013, 10:55 AM
Hi thanks for following up on my question.

So if I want to end up doing economics-related field, which career path should I take after getting a degree in Econs?

patryn33
10-17-2013, 06:28 AM
what is Econ related field?
ppl with Econ degree has gone on to Banking, if cannot go into MAS.

few jobs out there for the Economist, its competitive.

Colincidence
10-17-2013, 01:13 PM
Jobs that studies the economy and plan forecasts?

Anyway, if say I got into MTI. 5 years later I wanna hop to a private sector, is it easy?

Once again thanks for addressing to my questions.

patryn33
10-18-2013, 12:19 AM
how is it going to be easy? U don't find many private biz doing Econ planning. If U want to command the same income switching career its alot harder.

Have u seen the Economist profile? I hope HKU is your 1st step to a higher degree
http://www.mti.gov.sg/Careers/Pages/Meet-Our-Economists.aspx

Colincidence
10-18-2013, 11:01 AM
True that. What I meant was like if I get to work in MTI for say 5 years, will banks such as DBS Economics Department value my skills in the govt sector? B'cos from what I've gathered, it is easier to jump from private to govt than the other way round.

On a side note, HKU is my first choice and given a GPA of 3.54, where do you think I stand in terms of getting accepted by HKU/HKUST?

patryn33
10-19-2013, 12:41 AM
Easier if very relative, ppl with those steller profile found on MFI wouldn't have trouble going either way. Issue here is more public sector may not like to hire experience ppl to keep cost down.

few ppl go to HK for edu, iirc someone on some local forum went to CUHK with 3.2+ don't remember major or if have adv standing. U have to run some serious searches.

Don't put all your eggs in 1 basket just apply to a few Uni and see what U get.

from here I can guess your budget a yr is ~USD$23-28K and U kinda need to stick to the 4yr program if U are going for higher edu.
http://www.als.hku.hk/admission/intl/admission/admissionHK4
http://join.ust.hk/international/applyhere/tuition_and_fees.html

at a little higher cost u could go to UMN with half a yr of exemptions. if U plan well, should be able to finish degree in 3yrs or less. pretty well Ranked on USNEWs.
http://admissions.tc.umn.edu/admissioninfo/intl_costs.html
http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-humanities-schools/economics-rankings

Colincidence
10-19-2013, 08:55 AM
I don't think I could get exemptions since I'm studying in International Supply Chain Management. Nevertheless, if I'm interested in pursuing a Master Degree in Econs, how would you rank the 3 HK Universities in terms of academic reputation?

HKU>HKUST>CUHK?

patryn33
10-20-2013, 03:44 AM
If u head to states, u could get exemptions for general edu.
If u go hk, yea start from 1st yr

HKU is the best there
City and hkust same same IMHO

Colincidence
10-20-2013, 08:54 PM
Hmm what about the Chinese U of HK?

patryn33
10-21-2013, 05:28 AM
U should try HKU, Chinese, hkust and city. Iirc there are 8 uni there

If EU is an alternative try this. Tuition at eur$6k a yr and it cover books!
Living is at eur$500 a mth
http://www.sseriga.edu/en/education/bachelor/
http://www.sseriga.edu/en/education/bachelor/why/some-reason-to-study-at-sse-riga.html

Colincidence
10-21-2013, 02:54 PM
Hmm I went to the THE rankings and altho the citations scored pretty well, the teaching system was less than 30 points.

If I may ask, why do you recommend SSERiga? Pardon me for my narrow mindedness on this issue.

patryn33
10-21-2013, 11:44 PM
citation scores only useful for research.
If it's like sg uni then undergrad research opportunity exist only for the best students. It just limits experience for avg joe.
U may have to dig around hk Chinese forum to get a true understanding of their edu culture.

As for SSEriga it's more cost and it's a 3 yr program. Recognize enough to have grads in top uni and if u like QS ranking it's placed decently there. Iirc 18 in EU

Colincidence
10-22-2013, 12:11 PM
Oh I see. Thanks for the recommendation aye!

Anyway by any chance do you know the difference between Bsc in Philosophy,politics and economics (PPE), Bsc in Economics and BBA in Economics? Difference in career prospects (Eg. Which 1 carve the career of an economist and which 1 carve an academia career in future if I pursue a PhD in it )

Was browsing through the different HK Unis and noticed these 3 different yet similar degrees.

patryn33
10-24-2013, 12:19 AM
Anyway by any chance do you know the difference between Bsc in Philosophy,politics and economics (PPE), Bsc in Economics and BBA in Economics? Difference in career prospects (Eg. Which 1 carve the career of an economist and which 1 carve an academia career in future if I pursue a PhD in it )

Was browsing through the different HK Unis and noticed these 3 different yet similar degrees.


the differences btw philosophy, politics and Econ is pretty clear.
individual dept explains it very well. Pol sci has a little Econ component
http://philosophy.hku.hk/?n=Main.Booklet2012

BA and BS Econ is more naming than anything, for uni that does offer both BA and BS in Econ. BS has Sci subject in the general edu, the Econ classes one has to take is no diff from a BA Econ major.

As for U, U can either do BA/BS in Econ.

Colincidence
10-31-2013, 03:51 PM
Sorry for the late reply.

Thanks mate for addressing my concerns!