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BA Economics

Asad Khan 

Asad Khan

BA Economics Honors '13
Double Major in Mathematical Sciences
PhD Candidate in Economics | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Previous Position: Risk Analyst | National Futures Association
Internships: Research Intern| Sandia National Laboratories
Research Assistant | Economics Department | DePaul University
Business Analyst Intern | Acxiom
Marketing Strategy Intern | Aligned Modern Health

What prompted your interest and consideration of a PhD in Economics?

I became interested in the idea of pursuing a PhD through my coursework and by the suggestion of my professors. I experienced economic research first-hand through internships at DePaul and elsewhere while I was an undergraduate. These internships introduced me to the kind of questions economists work on and the methods they use to do so. My goal now is to use my PhD education to build a career in academia and research some of the many challenging and policy-relevant issues in economics.

How did you become interested in Economics?
I was finishing High School during the height of the '08 financial crisis. This encouraged me to declare a major in Economics, although I still went the pre-med route at DePaul. But my science courses weren't nearly as stimulating as those which tackled the tough questions of the social sciences. Eventually, two courses in particular convinced me to focus on Economics: States, Markets and Societies, a course on political economy; and Principles of Microeconomics, which demonstrated the existence of a more rigorous method of understanding social processes.

What was one aspect of DePaul that helped you find your career interest or has been important to your career?
My professors at DePaul were among the most valuable influences in guiding me in my career. They were passionate about their work and more than willing to advise those who expressed an interest in the subject. This included one-on-one guidance, the opportunity to participate in research, and approval to sit in on their advanced courses.

What advice would you give to current students about careers in Economics?
An education in Economics has a great advantage in that it can lead to many different career paths. But this wide applicability does place the onus on the student to identify his or her specific interests. I would recommend identifying those interests as soon as possible and then taking initiative to develop relevant skills, knowledge and experience. In particular, begin looking for internships or assistantships early to get a head-start on your career [and your competition].


BSB Ecomonics

Lola Boldbaatar 

Lola Boldbaatar

BSB Economics '12
with a minor in Finance
Management Trainee | Panalpina, Inc.
Previous position: DePaul Research Assistant
Internship: Chicago Department of Environment

What do you do in your current position?
As a member of the Early Career Leadership Development Program, I have been on four rotational assignments to gain comprehensive knowledge of our business, customers and networks. Also, I take part in custom designed development workshops, action learning projects, executive coaching and mentoring with senior Executive Committee members of our company to prepare us for future leadership roles.

How did you become interested in Economics?
I've always been highly analytical which made me quite drawn to the questioning and reasoning trait of Economics.

What was one aspect of DePaul that helped you find your career interest or has been important to your career?
Campus involvement at DePaul was very important to starting my career. There are so many different organizations, including the Economics Club, that really helped me navigate my future.

What was your favorite course in Economics?
Econometrics.

What advice would you give to current students about careers in Economics?
Be mindful that change is constant so keep an open mind and be patient when planning your careers, the opportunities will come.


MS Economics & Policy Analysis

Katarina Milinkovic 

Katarina Milinkovic

MS Economics & Policy Analysis '13
BSB Finance with a minor in Spanish
Financial Analyst | Restore Flow Allografts
First Position after graduation: Financial Analyst | Restore Flow Allografts
Previous position: Graduate Assistant, Tennis Coach
Internship: Business Strategy Analyst, Investment Analyst, International Student Mentor
Additonal : NCAA Division 1 Athlete - Women's Tennis

What do you do in your current position?
Currently I work with the Chief Financial Officer and we manage finances (accounting and revenue stream) of the company. I do a lot of forecasting and projections. It's a small company in healthcare industry.

How did you become interested in Economics?
While majoring in Finance at DePaul, I realized that functionality of the financial markets, as well as their performance, strongly depend on the economic outlook and public policy. Learning the theories of economics and conditions for implementation of public policies, I believed that such knowledge can contribute to accuracy of financial analysis which was the career path I decided to take on.

What was one aspect of DePaul that helped you find your career interest or has been important to your career?
Learning about the influence risk management has on the financial world and therefore economics, definitely enhanced my curiosity to analyze such topics in depth. Several classes which required technical and analytical skills pointed out the direction of my interest towards a post graduate career. Having an internship at the financial firm gave me a direct exposure to the market where I was able to apply my knowledge gained at DePaul, as well as learn directly from the work experience.

What was your favorite course in Economics?
ECO 517 - Economics, Public Policy, Business and Ethical Environment of Government

What advice would you give to current students about careers in Economics?
I believe that being successful in the world of economics definitely requires being up to date with current events, nationally and globally. Use the real world examples to apply your knowledge gained in school. Try to complete an internship or two; on the job you really get to know where your true interests and abilities are.


Tim Fox 

Tim Fox

MS Economics & Policy Analysis '14
Double major: BA Economics & History | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Advanced Analytics Consultant | West Monroe Partners
Intership: West Monroe Partners

What do you do in your current position?
As a consultant in business intelligence and predictive analytics, I use technical and critical thinking skills to synthesize data into insights so that businesses can make actionable and timely decisions from their data. For business intelligence projects I help businesses identify and understand their data sources as well as devise ways for them to leverage these sources. For predictive analytics projects, I use statistics, econometrics and machine learning algorithms to transform businesses' data into meaningful measures of future performance.

How did you become interested in Economics?
I have always been interested in understanding behavior and quantitatively analyzing systems. I began my undergraduate career in engineering, but realized my true calling after taking intermediate microeconomics and statistics for economics and business in undergrad.

What was one aspect of DePaul that helped you find your career interest or has been important to your career?
The MSEPA program allowed me to delve further into economic theory and how it applies to the understanding of societal and business interactions. Also, the program was rather flexible and the time allotted for electives permitted me to take additional courses in mathematics and statistics. These courses in conjunction with Econometrics and Advanced Microeconomics gave me a solid foundation to become a data driven professional.

What was your favorite course in Economics?
Advanced Microeconomics was my favorite course because it was my foundation for understanding economic reasoning and it provided me the perfect context to understand and apply the quantitative topics that I was interested in.

What advice would you give to current students about careers in Economics?
Make sure to get plenty of exposure to quantitative topics. DePaul offers great coursework that will complement Economics beautifully such statistics, mathematics and computer science. As society becomes more data driven, it will become even more important to not only think critically, but to also support critical thinking with sound quantitative reasoning.


Jessica Fulton 

Jessica Fulton

MS Economics & Policy Analysis '11
AB Economics, University of Chicago '08
Outreach Director | DC Fiscal Policy Institute
Previous position: Policy and Research Associate | Chicago Urban League

What do you do in your current position?
The DC Fiscal Policy Institute completes research and analysis and does advocacy work on issues relating to the fiscal and economic health of the District of Columbia. We have a special focus on those issues affecting low and moderate income D.C. residents. As Outreach Director, I manage partnerships and develop support for policy campaigns.

How did you become interested in Economics?
I became interested in economics after being displaced from Dillard University in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina when I realized the impact that poverty can have on people's lives. I realized that it was important to study the impact that economics and economic policy can have on the lives of low and middle income people across the country.

What was one aspect of DePaul that helped you find your career interest or has been important to your career?
I really appreciated the trip we took as a class to Washington, D.C. under Prof. Kallen. It helped nudge me in the direction of taking a leap of faith and moving to Washington, D.C. to pursue a career in policy.

What was your favorite course in Economics?
I don't think I have a favorite course, but my favorite courses were ones that allowed me to apply economic theory to real world problems like poverty.

What advice would you give to current students about careers in Economics?
Try to get as much experience as you can in as many areas as you can. Do research. Get published. Read a lot. I think economics is an exciting field and you have many opportunities to learn more and more!